Thursday, April 18, 2013

Stock-picking for nonprofit leaders

I got a call from a breathless stock pusher the other day. He started by saying "I am buying Smith and Wesson and I want you to be part of the action." I do not know how these people find me. He got through the receptionist by saying "I've lost George's cellphone number, can you give it to me?" When Liz balked he said, "Well, is he in? Why don't you just connect me?" She did. (Don't try this again. We're on to you now.)

Okay, so here is my breathless stock in bedside table stock.  If you have not read "Toxic Charity" by Robert Lupton or "Why Don't They Just Get A Job" by Phillips and Garrett, you are missing out on the next big thing.  We have been talking about them with donors and nonprofit leaders from around the State.  After our discussion one nonprofit leader bought 200 copies.  Another got his entire town to read about and discuss the issues.  In the coming months Coastal Community Foundation will be bringing the founders of the nonprofits featured in these books to the Lowcountry.  The combined message is that if not done correctly charitable organizations and their donors make societal problems WORSE.

There, have I caught your attention?

Contact me if you want information on when and where to get a piece of the action.  You don't need my cellphone number, you do not need to try to outfox Liz, you can just email me at and I will fill you in on how you can get in on the ground floor.

Its gonna be huge!

Friday, April 5, 2013

You don’t need nonprofit status to do awesome things

Our staff have conversations with different people who want to start a nonprofit.  There’s a lot of paperwork involved when people go that route and may take people away from the work they want to do.  Often we encourage them to look to existing organizations to partner with rather than starting from scratch. And awesome things can happen in a community group that's not an official 501c3. is the community group I’m bragging on today.  This is a group of HR and business professionals who are giving time to help people who are unemployed, underemployed, or are seeking transition.  They recently had a 150 person conference at Seacoast Church in March.  Attendees received practical advice throughout the day on finding their strengths, developing a resume that will be read, learning how to interview, and the importance of a network.