Simone Uncensored

February 19, 2018

Oh my gosh. I might be in love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Visit this site, Training for Change.

Training and capacity building organization for ACTIVISTS and ORGANIZERS!

Some cool trainings online. White People Confronting Racism. Advanced Online Training: When Things Go Wrong. And many more!

Tons of training tools in subjects like: 3rd Party Nonviolent Intervention. D-escalation & Peacekeeping. Diversity & Anti-Oppression. And more!

Bunches of publications: Opening Space for Democracy. The Sword That Heals. Towards a Living Revolution: A five-state framework for creating radical social change. And more!!!!!

And so much more. Wow. I am in love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Filed under: Resources

February 12, 2018

Cool stuff

Do you know CharityChannel – and its press?

You should. I think CharityChannel Press is publishing more fundraising / nonprofit sector books than anyone else these days. And pretty cool titles, too! For example: 50 Asks in 50 Weeks. Fundraising for….Churches…Museums…Hospitals and…(Separate books!) The Nonprofit Consulting Playbook. Storytelling in the Digital Age. Opening the Door to Major Gifts. And so many many more! Just take a look!

CharityChannel Press published my book Firing Lousy Board Members. Have you read it? You probably should. All about boards and board members and making sure you don’t have to fire them. [In fact, just carry the book around in front of your board and board members… And maybe they’ll be curious and choose to learn and you can help them!]

And how about this…. CharityChannel’s Masters of Fundraising Summit. On line for your convenience. Reduced price for your wallet. And good presenters for your learning!

Are you continuously learning? What’s on your bookshelf? What are you reading?

January 29, 2018

Deciding how much money we can raise

The boss and board want a 10% increase in charitable gifts. The CFO says an annual 15% increase is required. And on and on.

STUPID   DUMB   SILLY   EVEN STUPIDER   EVEN   DUMBER…

Read this great blog from Veritus Group: “The Unrealistic Expectations of Management,” by Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels. Then show it to all those people. Boss. Board of Directors. Finance Committee. CFO. Development Committee. Anyone else?

Now read my blog (Simone Uncensored), “Setting your charitable contributions goal,” October 12, 2015.

How long do we have to fight these stupid, dumb, silly battles? When will we get good enough at explaining and enabling? When will those others get smart enough to understand?

 

 

January 22, 2018

BMW (& not the car!) Cool blog from Marc Pitman

If not the car, what is BMW? Bitch. Moan. Whine. ! ! ! ! ! ! !

YES! I so believe in BMW…NOT the car kind!

I just love this KICK from Marc, the Fundraising Coach.

Several excerpts to entice you to read the whole darn Kicker blog…

For the next 10 minutes, all you’re allowed to do is bitch, moan, and whine. (Imagine, permission to do that. Hey, Tom Ahern, give me permission. Oh, that’s right…I just take permission and he rolls his eyes…albeit graciously!)

I set the timer and started yelling at God….I went on and on. It felt kind of risky. Was a BMW session a legitimate form of prayer? Was I allowed to talk this way?

But at the same time it felt really good. I went on as long as I could and then a bit longer. When I strated repeating myself, I looked at the timer. I still had four minutes left.

The crazy thinig? If I hadn’t done a BMW session, I would’ve spent my entire car 45-minute drive stewing in negativity.

For more, check out Marc’s “Fundrdaising Kick: A weekly coaching email for nonprofit fundraising.”

January 15, 2018

Would MLK, Jr. be ashamed?

I wasn’t paying attention. Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. day in the U.S.

So here are things I’m thinking about and seeing……..[And yes, this is long. Mostly just quotations. I collect quotes to inspire me, to help me remember and to fight and speak out.]

 

TheAgitator.Net with great statements and marvelous New Yorker cover.

Some favorite MLK quotes – because I collect social justice quotations. And I believe these are all still true today.

  • Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
  • Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropists to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice that make philanthropy necessary.”
  • “First, I must confess that over the last few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Council-er or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can’t agree with your methods of direct action;” who paternalistically feels he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by the myth of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait until a “more convenient season.” Shallow understanding from people of goodwill is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., April 16 1963   “uneasy with injustice, but unwilling yet to pay a significant price to eradicate it.” 

Some of my other favorite social justice quotations. I think MLK would have liked these. And I believe that these are all still true today.

  • Giving isn’t a posture reserved for the rich or powerful. It is the responsibility and privilege of every man, woman, and child to participate in the task of building more just and humane societies.” (Alfre Woodard, Robin Hood Was Right)
  • Creating social change is exciting. It’s proof that we are alive and thinking. What could be better than to work for a future where fairness is the bottom line?” (Alfre Woodward, Robin Hood Was Right)
  • “Until the killing of black men, black mothers’ sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a white mother’s sons, we who believe in freedom cannot rest until this happens.” (Ella Baker, 1964)
  • We’d best restate what civil rights mean: the recognition that racial discrimination played a central role in the development of this nation [U. S.] and its institutions; the understanding that past discrimination resonates in the present; the acknowledgement that millions of Americans, a disproportionate share of them black or Latino, endure persistent poverty and in isolation from mainstream opportunity, and in conditions too brutal and pervasive for them to easily overcome solely on their own; the clearsighted conclusion that we’ve got far to go before there’s equal opportunity in America. And we’d better recognize what civil rights is not: an unregulated ‘free’ market or shaming fingers pointed at racial minorities and the poor.” (Susan Eaton, The Nation magazine, 01-10-17, 2005)
  • “As a black person, I am no stranger to race prejudice. But the truth is that in the political world I have been far oftener discriminated against because I am a woman than because I am black.” (S. Representative Shirley Chisholm)

Would MLK, Jr. be as ashamed of us as I am? I think he’d be deeply deeply sad. And I think he’d be hopeful and still fighting. “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice. But there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” (Father Dan Berrigan)

I’m still fighting. But the moral injury (a definition of PTSD) I’m feeling (and so are so many others) … is huge. I feel so sad and so angry so much and so often. I cannot allow this to happen to me:“Cautious, careful people always casting about to preserve their reputations…can never bring about a reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world’s estimation, and publicly avow their sympathies with despised and persecuted ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences.” (Susan B. Anthony)

I must remember what Jessie de la Cruz said. Jessie was a retired farmworker talking of the days before the founding of the United Farm Workers. “La esperanza muere últimata – Hope dies last.”

 

Filed under: Social Commentary

January 15, 2018

Good stuff to read & learn & fun maybe, too?

Thanks to all the cool people who send me cool stuff. Cause there’s lots of cool stuff out there!

So check these cool-nesses…

3 incredibly important emerging issues. For me, these are next level issues that don’t get discussed enough, if at all,” says Canadian collegue Deborah Coult. And Deborah says  watch this “amazing video.

  • Spend down vs. perpetuity
  • Justice versus need
  • Tax implications

And from Connecticut colleague Maxine Bleiweis: Skipp Richard, Leadership Insights.

December 27, 2017

Information as a weapon

Theresa May said “Information has been weaponized.”

Colin Habberton was talking about information and communications and weapons at the AFP Toronto Congress.

And how about this NYT article? “If Everything Can Be ‘Weaponized,’ What Should we Fear?” 

SURPRISING SIDEBAR: So I’m reading the aforementioned NYT article. And 2 sentences in, the article refers to Milton Rokeach, social psychologist. Milt Rokeach?!!! He lived down the street from my family…on Lantern Hill Drive, East Lansing, Michigan. A family friend. Professor at Michigan State University, just like my dad. The Rokeach and Joyaux kids all went to school together.

I knew him as the dad down the street. And I knew he was a psychologist. But now I know he was a social psychologist and developed a very important values classification instrument, the Rokeach Value Survey (RVS). With 18 terminal and 18 instrumental values. Check it out! Really cool. And various attempts haven’t “beaten” Milt’s instrument. Sure looks good for philanthropy.

NOW BACK TO WEAPONIZING: Information has been weaponized. And wow is the internet and social media great for deploying the weapon! Bullying. Politics. Outrage. Manipulation.

At AFP Toronto Congress, Colin talked about “demilitarizing information.” How can we do this? Can we use information as a weapon for good? Check out Colin’s work.

Do some thinking on your own. Talk about this with your staff and with your board. And talk about this with some of your favorite marketing/communications people. Can we demilitarize information?

December 18, 2017

No way out…Seth Godin and Simone Joyaux

Have you read Seth’s marvelous blog “No way Out?” 

Sometimes it’s easier to just leave or quit… or not engage in the first place. For the military, “no way out” refers to something that’s a huge gamble. Because big gambles mean there’s no way out. So we burn the boats and stay till we fail or succeed. But failure is, I suspect,  more likely.

On the other hand, risk isn’t as bad as gamble. And calculated risks are actually usually pretty smart. In fact, sometimes the bigger risk – the ultimate dumb gamble – is not taking any risk.

Seth comments that the best approach could be learning something, toughing it out, engaging with the challenge. Because if you actually get through, “…you’ll be different. Better.”

Seth reminds us that “we always have a choice, but often, it’s a good idea to act as if we don’t.” Burn the boats. Take the gamble. Go for it.

And in my document “Planning for any future that could come along,” here’s what I write: Differentiating between risk and gamble…

  • How do you create a shared understanding of risk and gamble within your nonprofit?
  • What criteria can your nonprofit use to differentiate between risk and gamble?
  • What is a good process to effectively manage risk and avoid a gamble?
  • How does an organization identify the stop-loss moment?
December 13, 2017

VERY VERY IMPORTANT! PLEASE CHECK THIS OUT!!!!!!!!!!!

NOT A fundraising request. NOT an emergency.

BUT… You doing this could help our profession and you and others and and…..

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PARTICIPATE IN THIS SURVEY about ETHICS!!! ………….. How do YOU make ethical decisions? …………………

A doctoral student at the Hartsook Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy (U.K.) is conducting this research. The Hartsook Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy is led by Adrian Sargeant and Jen Shang. This center leads academic research in FUNDRAISING. Fundraising…the work that you and I damn well better do better at doing!!!

Bad news: Will take approximately 30 minutes of your time. I know that’s lots of time. But maybe drink a glass of wine while you do the survey? Or eat caramels,  like I do.

PLEASE PLEASE… Your participation makes a difference. YOU can help advance the profession. (And by the way…. exclusive offer…. You’ll get your own scores to learn more about how and why you make decisions.)

DIRECTIONS DIRECTIONS DIRECTIONS FOR THE SURVEY

  • The survey must be completed at a computer with a keyboard (i.e. desktop, laptop). There is a section of the survey which is not compatible with mobile devices. Your participation will be anonymous, and to appreciate your time, you will have the option to receive your personal scores and enter a draw (for an iPad mini or £100 of gift vouchers).
  • If you would like to participate, please follow this link when you have 30 minutes to dedicate to the survey (or copy and paste this text into your browser:https://plymouthbusiness.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_beFvHemJrOaoPkh

Please consider forwarding this invitation to your fellow fundraising colleagues as well. The results will help answer relevant questions and strengthen fundraising for years to come.

 

 

December 12, 2017

Technology for boards ?!?!?

Don’t you just love useful tools to help get various things done?

We have fundraising databases. We have financial tools and techn.

But what about boards?

The board and its various members. The board and its various committees. Meetings and resource materials for those meetings. Reminder notices.  Checking info if you missed a meeting.

Maybe we want to chat before a meeting…you know, online back and forth.

How about a tool to do all that governance prep/support stuff effectively and efficiently.

Check out Boardable. Board Management Simplified

Just imagine…making all the stuff and systems and processes and stuff! easier…less time consuming.

Maybe this is the answer for you?! Boardable.

 

 

Simone Joyaux, ACFRE, Adv Dip, is an internationally recognized expert in fund development, board and organizational development, strategic planning, and management.

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