Patrick Swayze’s Motivational Message to Nonprofits

Patrick Swayze: He was awesome. With that said, can nonprofit organizations benefit from the wisdom of his awesomeness? Absolutely. For starters, if nonprofit execs would have his dance moves, I think that they would find fundraising a much easier task. For ideas on how to apply said moves, I would suggest his classic Saturday Night Live “Chippendale” skit with Chris Farley. Lacking Patrick’s groove thang, there is still what to gain. Continue reading

The Power of the Individual

As we start the Jewish New Year, I found it quite fortuitous that I ran across the following article and its implied message in the September 15th Haaretz paper.  The title read “Biker combines altruism, cross-country challenge.” In short, an extreme sports enthusiast named Ronen Medina is traveling cross-country, from Metula (Northern Israel) to Eilat (Southern Israel), on his electric scooter, visiting hospitals and distributing packages of candy to patients.

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Article: Grantmaking in Tough Economy

I came across this article from Guidestar (reprinted from  Actually, the full title is “Stories of Smart (and not-so-smart) Grantmaking in a Tough Economy.”  This article is a great example of short and sweet.  The author, a fundraising consultant with more than 20 years of experience, shares three stories from clients.  The questions in each story are the kind of questions that nonprofits are asking every day; each with a different lesson. Continue reading


After months of ridiculing twitter about its uselessness, I realize it may be twitter_logo_headerthe perfect solution for when I want to share an observation or piece of news but can’t write a blog post right away.   Twitter, also known as microblogging, only allows for posts up to 140 characters.  It’s possible that I’ll follow up with an expanded blog post, but just as likely that the Twitter update will speak for itself. 

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Updated Nihul Takin Released for Testing

I was greeted by a wonderful surprise on the Zavit Shalosh website when I returned on Monday from a very nice vacation in the United States (hence the hiatus).  There, one of their main articles, related that the Rasham Ha’amutot [Israel’s Registrar of Charities] released an updated version of the Nihul Takin on the Rasham’s website.  Furthermore, the Rasham has invited all interested parties to email comments until September 30th. Continue reading