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12 01, 2017

What Do Poverty and Climate Change Have to Do with Shoes?

By |January 12th, 2017|blog, branding, personal|Comments Off on What Do Poverty and Climate Change Have to Do with Shoes?

A recent study by the Pew Research Center, Americans have a great standard of living. Yes, we do have inequality in our country. That’s a global issue as well. However, we have more wealth in this country than people living in other nations. According to global standards 56 percent of Americans are considered high income [...]

10 01, 2017

Your Relationship with Donors is a Two-Way Street

By |January 10th, 2017|blog, leadership, personal|Comments Off on Your Relationship with Donors is a Two-Way Street

Not too long ago I was speaking to a director of development at a school. Susan was excited because she had been working for two years trying to get her principal and the board started on a strategic plan. As any good fundraiser knows, a good strategic plan helps clarify fundraising goals and priorities. I [...]

3 01, 2017

A Common Core Curriculum for Teachers and A Unique Fundraiser for Schools

By |January 3rd, 2017|blog, development, personal|Comments Off on A Common Core Curriculum for Teachers and A Unique Fundraiser for Schools

Some years ago I traveled to Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. It was there that I met a woman by the name of Silvia. Before the earthquake, Silvia was living a meager existence with her son, David. She was only earning $2 a day, which is considered extreme poverty. After the natural [...]

22 12, 2016

Reflecting on a Young Boy’s Story During the Holidays

By |December 22nd, 2016|blog, leadership, personal|Comments Off on Reflecting on a Young Boy’s Story During the Holidays

I know this has been a tough year for many people for a lot of reasons. It’s been a divisive year. It’s been a year of anger and strife. But, it’s our choice how we face each day. As I sit here writing this Christmas message, I want to wish my friends, family and team [...]

13 12, 2016

A Volunteer Helps a Family Raise Money for an Adoption

By |December 13th, 2016|blog, development, personal|Comments Off on A Volunteer Helps a Family Raise Money for an Adoption

We all need a little help at times. And, when people or organizations are looking to raise awareness and money for their good cause, it’s an opportunity for people to become volunteers and supporters of a greater narrative. That’s what happened to one super volunteer by the name of Jennifer “Jen” Klinger got involved in [...]

6 12, 2016

You Can Make a Difference and a Profit in 2017

By |December 6th, 2016|blog, development, personal|Comments Off on You Can Make a Difference and a Profit in 2017

Do you remember the Indian Ocean tsunami? It happened 12 years ago this month. The earthquake was the longest duration quake ever recorded at over 8 minutes. It cost over 250,000 people their lives and caused in excess of $14 billion dollars in damage. An event that happened on the other side of the world [...]

24 11, 2016

A Thanksgiving Day Message to My Town, Orlando, After Pulse

By |November 24th, 2016|blog, leadership, personal|Comments Off on A Thanksgiving Day Message to My Town, Orlando, After Pulse

“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” Maya Angelou, Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer On June 12th of this year, our community lost 49 people who meant something to those who loved and [...]

3 11, 2016

Anyone Can Be a Philanthropist on #GivingTuesday

By |November 3rd, 2016|blog, development, personal|Comments Off on Anyone Can Be a Philanthropist on #GivingTuesday

The biggest global fundraising day of the year is fast approaching. #GivingTuesday is the dedicated fundraising day for the world. There are a number of ways that practically anyone can get involved making a difference. The core driver for this day is social media. On #GivingTuesday, everyone is encouraged to demonstrate via social media how [...]

1 11, 2016

Grow a Mo, Save a Bro This Movember

By |November 1st, 2016|blog, leadership, personal|Comments Off on Grow a Mo, Save a Bro This Movember

Movember is here. Don’t know what it is? If you care about men’s health, this is the month that for 30 days, men around the world do a clean shave on November 1st and then creatively grow their mustaches and beards for the rest of the month. This is all and effort to help raise [...]

18 10, 2016

How You Can Help the Forgotten Victims of the Louisiana Floods

By |October 18th, 2016|blog, leadership, personal|Comments Off on How You Can Help the Forgotten Victims of the Louisiana Floods

Recently, I spent my day hunkering down as Hurricane Matthew swept through Florida. During that time at home, I took to social media to promote and raise awareness about the suffering that was happening in the Caribbean. I then learned something from people in Louisiana. I began to receive messages, emails, and calls from people [...]