Weekly Must-Reads: January 31

A list of the essential articles that I posted to Twitter from January 24, 2010 – January 30, 2010.  This week’s categories: Online Fundraising; Israel & Jewish Nonprofits; Global Banking & Finance; and Potpourri.

This week contains fewer links than usual — the week was just a tad nuts.  I spoke at a conference, and in Hebrew, no less.  Needless to say, that occupied a lot of my time.  But about that (and the links that go along with it) at a different time. Continue reading

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Weekly Must-Reads: January 24

A list of the essential articles that I posted to Twitter from January 17, 2010 – January 23, 2010.  This week’s categories: Crisis in Haiti; Nonprofit Governance & Strategy; Internet, Social Media & Fundraising; Israel & Jewish Nonprofits; and Israel Economy & Finance. Continue reading

Dear Mr. Foundation, Please Reject My Application

Four separate times in my life, I have hit the proverbial pavement looking for a job.  I remember very clearly the two types of rejection that I received:

  1. The “Outright” No – Painful and deflating but leaving no doubts. I moved on, hoping the future had something better in store.
  2. The “We Were Very Impressed but Need Time to Decide How Best to Employ You” No – Slow and dragged out.  A lot of positive energy and upbeat words professed.  Encouraged, I even stopped looking at other prospects. Yet, despite all the enthusiasm, in the end no position was offered or available.

Give me the “Outright No” any day of the week and twice in a recession; you win some, you lose some.  The second, drawn-out no, is still a no, but wasted my time and got my hopes up over nothing.  Why not tell me no from the beginning instead of playing achy-breaky games with my heart?

Unfortunately, nonprofit organizations are being subjected to this same treatment, even more so now after the recession and the Madoff scandal. Continue reading

Weekly Must-Read Links: January 17

A list of the essential articles that I posted to Twitter from January 10, 2010 – January 16, 2010.  This week’s categories: Crisis in Haiti; Internet, Social Media & Fundraising; Accounting, Economy, & Finance; Israel Economy & Finance; and Potpourri. Continue reading

Weekly Must-Read Links: January 10

A list of the essential articles that I posted to Twitter from January 3, 2010 – January 9, 2010.  This week’s categories: Nonprofit Strategy & Governance; Internet, Social Media & Fundraising; Israel Economy & Nonprofits; and Potpourri. Continue reading

Rise, Knight of the Nonprofit Round-Table

“The Office of the Prime Minister invites nonprofit organizations, companies from the business sector that donate to the public or the third sector, and businessmen that work in the fields of philanthropy, to apply for participation in the roundtable.”

No, King Arthur hasn’t been reborn nor are we in Camelot. Heck, we’re not even in Kansas.  What this is, though, is a serious attempt by the Israel Government and a number of foundations that operate in Israel to increase the cooperation, strength, and transparency of Israel’s nonprofit sector. Continue reading

Weekly Must-Read Links: January 3

A list of my favorite articles that I posted to Twitter from December 27, 2009 – January 2, 2010.  This week’s categories: Nonprofit Strategy; Internet & Social Media; Israel Economy & Finance;  Global Economy & Finance; and Potpourri. Continue reading