Understanding the Definition of Homelessness

Originally posted on Act Locally Waco Blog on December 1, 2013. Days ago, Oxford Dictionary accepted the popular term, “selfie” into the canon of the English language. Selfie (the act of extending your own smart phone ahead of you to take a self-portrait) is now part of our daily lexicon and day-to-day reality. Definitions are…

How Decisions in Washington Could Affect Housing in Waco, TX

Originally posted on Act Locally Waco Blog on May 18, 2014.  Since the post-holiday season, we have used the motif of unwrapping gifts to understand some of the dimensions of housing and homelessness. We started our discussion with a definition of homelessness through Housing and Urban Development (the federal agency that administers national housing programs)….

Nonprofit Oversight Increases July 1

The Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013 mandates best practices and governance controls to be implemented in New York State-based nonprofits; the law takes effect next month. Of particular note is the good faith effort of nonprofit leadership to declare potential conflicts of interest. This concept is by no means new to the nonprofit sector. However,…

The Economic Impact of Nonprofits

The Economic Impact of Nonprofits An interesting info-graphic that summarizes the contribution of the nonprofit sector to the US economy.

Networking Tips: For Introverts, from an Introvert

Networking Tips: For Introverts, from an Introvert When I was accepted to graduate school, orientation week ended with a networking event. As an introvert, and as a survivor of a rigorous orientation week, I was not looking forward to the painful forced smiles, awkward icebreakers, and the usual tactics that accompany such social settings. But,…

A Word of Wisdom for Professors

The Chronicle of Higher Education- How to Help New Hires Get Research Money Karen M. Markin August 14, 2013 Advice Do your job better[1]   A Reaction: I first came across this article in my Facebook newsfeed. As a knee jerk reaction (which I will explain later) I immediately gravitated to the title like a…

How to Ask for Gifts in Kind — A Quick Guide

How to Ask for Gifts in Kind (GIK) A Quick Guide When we think of fundraising we often think of money that we donate to a charity. There is also another kind of fundraising that involves non-monetary gifts. This is called Gifts in Kind (GIK). GIK are items (not cash) that are donated. The principles…

Scripted Sincerity

Scripted Sincerity A few weeks ago, I re-blogged a column done by my fellow WordPress writter and prestigious nonprofit leader, Febe Galvez Voth. In her article, she eloquently writes about the benefits and liabilities of scripted nonprofit events. I recently attended an annual fundraising event for a nonprofit; Ms. Voth’s words of wisdom filled my…

Facebook – What is it Good for? Part II

In “Facebook – What is it Good For? Part I”, I talk about the importance of Facebook in nonprofits as staff can use the tool to tell their organization’s story to the public. In this article, I will talk about the power of the “Like”. No, this is not a simile gone out of control:…

Facebook – What is it Good For? Part I

While I was in grad school I was prone to marvel about the power of social media. Historic events such as the political revolution in Egypt to less significant social flash mobs here in the states – we see the impact that social media (such as Facebook, Twitter, and simple mass texting programs) provides our…