Seven weeks after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, donors have contributed more than $895-million to support relief efforts. And now, new research on text-to-gift conducted by Convio, Edge Research and Sea Change Strategies on US charitable donors has been released. The data, gathered a week following the earthquake, indicates that mobile philanthropy, while not universally accepted is gaining traction with younger generations, and that … [Read more...] about Engaging the Next Generation of Donors
from Rosetta Thurman: The Normative Problem With the Term 'Next Generation Leaders' Having a cadre of bright young leaders in the nonprofit sector is great, but typecasting us as the ‘next generation’ can also indicate that we need someone from up on high to deem us “ready” to lead when our time comes. Using the term can make it seem as if young people will lead after all the Baby Boomers are gone, however we all know that’s not gonna … [Read more...] about Who Decides When You’re Ready to Lead
Recently, a wonderful young leader, Seth Cohen of Atlanta, wrote a blog piece advocating that younger leaders and funders would do well to learn from and not dismiss the wisdom of those whose life experience might provide welcome insights for them. He called that older group “WiseGen.” At first blush, I was inclined to read this as a “shout out” to my own work. After all, for several years, the name of this blog, the address of our website, … [Read more...] about “WiseGen”…. If Only!
"He whose wisdom exceeds his works, to what may he be compared? To a tree whose branches are many, but whose roots are few; and the wind comes and plucks it up and overturns it upon its face. Rabbi Elazar ben Azarish (Perkei Avot ) “Nothing is secure but life, transition, the energizing spirit.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Hang around a board meeting of any Jewish organization long enough and one can’t help but think there is only one generation of … [Read more...] about WiseGen and the Great Transition
December is the time of the secular year where we look backward and forward - making best-of lists and summarizing our prognostications for the future. While many faiths join together for revelries related to the secular new year, for Jews it is also the season to recall the value of perseverance and faith in collective Jewish endeavors, as well as the unexpected miracles that we encounter along the way. So in the spirit of the new year but … [Read more...] about A Chanukiyah of Predictions for 2010