A Unique Opportunity to Review Nonprofit Theory and Practice

As a 30 year veteran of the nonprofit field in Jacksonville, Florida, and a proud recipient of a University of North Florida Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree, the MPA program leadership asked me to teach last Fall's graduate-level Nonprofit Management class to fill in for a faculty member on sabbatical. I was honored by the invitation, and it was a highlight of my career. 

Golfers of the World Unite!

Golfers of the world unite! You have nothing to lose but your carts! The time has come to join the revolution of community golf, commonly known as “muni golf” because it typically takes place on city owned courses. Muni golf is better described as a community development project because government investment ensures courses are open to the widest and most diverse groups of players.

Working Fast and Slow

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 At one of my first jobs, the boss gave me the worst advice, and years later, I had to unlearn that advice
after realizing the damage done. In the final interview, I mentioned that I try to think through things and reflect on actions. The would-be boss laughed and said, “You won’t have time to think around here.” According to her, this was one of those “fast paced environments.” After surprisingly being hired anyway, a colleague said, “get used to doing B level work.” The sentiment was that everything happens so fast you will not have time to do high quality work. 

Friendly Camels in the New Year!

As is sometimes my New Year’s tradition, I went looking for a new game to learn. I turn 50 next year, so part of me wanted to find something that would symbolize that milestone.

Pre-Populate Your Panic Moments

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Last week, I had one of those moments. Sitting at my home office desk when it hit me. “Oh no!”, I had just remembered a task for a project I was working on with a deadline. But, the good news was, in that moment, there was a great accomplishment. The moment happened exactly when I wanted it to. The moment did not happen the night before the deadline. It was not too late to do something. And, it was not because I had failed to plan ahead. 

Thinking in Bets for Fundraising Success

Measuring success in fundraising can sometimes feel like a card trick. A recent addition to the conversation in the field, however, could do a lot to strengthen our hand in understanding. Boardsource, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and several others have released the conclusion of their deep dive into creating better measures for fundraising results. After reading through it, it struck me as the fundraising field learning to “think in bets” like when we play poker.

A Message from the King

As a way to be active on my blog, I thought I had started a New Year’s tradition of learning a new game every year. It began in 2018 when my New Year’s resolution was to improve my chess game. In 2019, I tried my hand at poker. For 2020 though, I could not decide on a new game, chess has remained an interest, and I’ve never been much for traditions. So, the least I can do is try to build a habit of writing a New Year’s post. And, maybe that will lead to more than one post during the year!