Passion with a Purpose — At Any Age “You’re perfect to address this topic. You’ve traveled, you wrote a book, you blog.” said the organizer of Mind Your Muse, a Wisconsin women’s group that provides classes and coaching to those seeking personal growth and self-empowerment. I agreed: I have passion; I have purpose; and I have
Successful charitable project started with local planning and patience. The instant message popped up on my computer to tell me the nurses graduated. That moment marked the jubilant end to a charitable project that 11 individuals in two countries waited four years to see. The nurses graduated! The accompanying photos — two Haitian women dressed
Overseas charities create hundreds of projects in developing countries to solve local problems in local ways. Too often we think they are inaccessible to our donor dollars. Here are the reasons and ways to find them. The photograph above makes me feel proud as I helped this Haitian idea become a reality: OPADEL, a
“The message of course is that there are lots of Haitians who are better prepared and better equipped to solve Haiti’s issues than most international organizations.”
Donors could help charitable organizations be more effective. We could help non-profits achieve their goals of helping individuals work their way out of poverty and become self-dependent. In essence, we can help developing countries develop if we choose better to whom we give our money.
We need to recognize the interconnectedness of ourselves with our institutions and the impact they have on all peoples. We need to utilize our donor dollars in ways that have the greatest benefit to the recipients, in their terms, not ours — not just to make us feel good.
I felt surprised, frustrated, and disappointed. Our small non-profit had limited money and Lamontay’s schools had great needs — I didn’t understand why their board would spend money on food instead of training.
What can we do to make donors good consumers and eliminate bad charitable apples?
Do you remember the first time you spoke in front of an audience? Were your palms sweaty, was your heart pumping fast, did you feel a bit light-headed? Book selling requires lots of speaking — from the 90-minute multi-media presentation to the 30-second elevator type. As a second generation member of Toastmasters International, I’ve honed my speaking
To: Johathan M. Katz (The New York Times), Nixon Boumba (The Washington Post), and Diane Cole (NPR). I was glad to join with you in spirit in my blog “Lessons from Nepal Learned from Haiti.” The articles that each of you wrote or tweeted this last week (linked below) advocated a similar approach to money given for disaster aid in Nepal.