Simone Uncensored

March 13, 2019

Just some dream stuff…

How I wish the world was…

Why I Am a European Patriot,” Roger Cohen. New York Times, Saturday, January 26, 2019

“Patriotism is to nationalism as dienity is to barbarism.”

The End of Likability,” Katha Pollitt. The Nation, January 28/February 4, 2019

“Women dancing, women cursing, women running for president and not apologizing – what is the world  coming to?”

How Ralph Northam and others can repent of America’s original sin,” The Reverand William J. Barber II

“…Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s social life…included parties where white people dressed in blackface…implicating not only a few bad apples but also white elites across social and ideological lines. To African Americans who survived the status quo of racism, this is hardly a surprise. But it does raise again…the question of what it means to repent of America’s racist past and pursue a more perfect union.”

This is a beautiful and deeply sad article.

I wish I could mandate that everyone has to read Ta-Nahsi Coates’ book  Between the World and Me. 

How I wish…

 

Filed under: Social Commentary

March 11, 2019

Pretty darn cool quote…

One of you out there told me about this quotation. I’m sorry to have forgotten whom. But here is the great quote…

Theodore Rossevelt, The Man in the Arena, April 23, 1910. In Paris France…

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs; who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

This was an excerpt of Roosevelt’s speech, “Citizenship in a Republic,” delivered at the Sorbonne.

Filed under: Leadership

March 4, 2019

Fun? Comfort? I’m not always sure.

I’m more and more into music.

I’m like in love with the new version (4th one) of A Star is Born. I keep listening to Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga sing Shallow and Always Remember Us This Way and I’ll Never Love Again and Maybe It’s Time.

I came late to Bruce Springsteen. But now?! How about Dream Baby Dream… Look at the people. Waitin’ on A Sunny Day. And so many more.

Since I flew to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the end of January….I could fly to see Bruce and E Street. And I’m definitely going to see/hear Sean Rowe. Yes, I’ll drive all the way to Troy, NY. “To Leave Something Behind.” And he covers this oldie, “1952 Vincent Black Lightning.”

The music makes me feel…Better? Less worse? Fun and comfort? I’m not always sure.

Filed under: Just for fun

February 19, 2019

Gave online – or paid online ???

There’s a difference!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’m tired of hearing about giving through the internet or through social media or…. is increasing. Do you mean “PAID ONLINE” or “SOLICITED AND GIFT GIVEN THRU ONLINE ACTIVITIES”.

I just loved your print donor newsletter. Loved that article about what ME and other donors like me did… And so I rushed to my computer and sent you a gift through the your website. (And then I visited Amazon and bought a book.)

Your direct mail (PRINTED!) made me really angry — which was what you wanted to happen. And the outside of the envelope made me open it immediately. I ranted all the way to my computer and made a gift through your really cool giving button.

OR

You periodically send out really cool little videos about the kitties. Your most recent one was so hysterical that I clicked on the link and made a gift.

There’s a big difference!!!!! REALLY BIG!!!!!! Quit conflating the two. JUST STOP IT NOW!

And work hard to distinguish and count PAYING ONLINE or GIVING IN RESPONSE TO THE ONLINE SOLICITATION.

YES THIS MATTERS….. LOTS!!!

 

February 17, 2019

Voluntary ranting!!! for the common good!!!!!

I’m so excited. My podcast with Cathy Mann.

Subscribe to Cathy’s FREE podcast series.

Visit Cathy’s homepage, too.

Filed under: Leadership

February 15, 2019

Work hard. Play harder.

You work like you think you’ll finish. But you’re never going to finish.

WOW! Thanks for sharing that, Sharon Floyd, CEO at Interim Place, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. (Speaking at Happy YOU Year conference.)

I need to remind myself of that: My work will never finish. Philanthropy as my life’s work will never end for me. Even at my death, those bequests will keep giving.

And there’s always more work to do. So take a deep breath, Simone. I (and you all, too!) have permission to rest.

In fact, as Sharon noted…. work hard and play harder.

And I’d add – as a reminder to myself: There is always more work. In order to keep doing this work, I have to play – harder than now, for sure!! (How about you?)

We’re never going to finish the good work. So take of ourselves. There will always be more work to be done.

Filed under: Leadership

February 11, 2019

Making change in the world

Creating better business value…. Creating better nonprofit value….

Imagine if lots of nonprofits followed what California Green Academy (CalGreen) does to operate its business. (And gosh, just imagine if for-profits behaved this way??!!! WOW!!!!)

I’ll turn back to the nonprofit sector. And the wonderful nonprofits fighting so hard for justice and good ROI and and and….

Hey you nonprofits….Take a look at the Triple Bottom Line... The triple bottom line… an accounting framework with 3 parts: social, environmental (ecological), and financial. And systems thinking. YES! Systems thinking. Read all about it in my book Strategic Fund Development: Building Profitable Relationships That Last, 3rd edition. (There’s so much more to fundraising than just the asking part…than just the fundraising part…There’s the systems thinking part!!!

Try the CalGreen approach — Using various existing global documents to develop nonprofit corporate policies. How about these:

Why bother to write our own policies for our nonprofits? Our nonprofits can adopt these UN policies – or adopt with some edits. Hey nonprofits worldwide… Let’s be leaders. We can be leaders for the for-profit sector, too.

Hey. Here’s a question: Has your country (or mine) agreed to these – and ratified them by your country’s (or my country’s) legislature/congress/appropriate body?

Hmmm…….

 

February 4, 2019

More leadership quotes

From dear Tim Burchill….

“The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity.” Leo Tolstoy

“To give real service, you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.” Donald A. Adams, 15th president of Rotary International

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists. Not so good when people obey and acclaim him. Worse when they despite him. But…of a good leader…who talks little when his work is done…his aim is fufilled. They will say: ‘We did it ourselves.'” Lao-Tse

And the email ended with “Happy New Year!”

Thank you dearest, Tim.

Filed under: Leadership

January 28, 2019

You know I just love quotations!!!

I’ve been collecting quotes since forever. And I often share them in my blogs and books and handouts and…

So I was going through old files and notes the other day. And came across an email to me, dated 12-28-2006. From my dear friend and colleague Tim Burchill. I know that many of you knew Tim.

That day, Tim sent me an email with leadership quotes. In the text of the email, he says “Beliefs about Ethical and Effective Leadership.”

And here is what Tim shared:

  • “Leadership is one of the things you cannot delegate. You either exercise it or abdicate it.” Robert Goizueta, former CEO, Coca Cola
  • “When you become a leader, you lose the right to think about yourself.” Reverend Gerald Brooks, Tony Cooke Ministries.
  • “People don’t at first follow worthy causes. They follow worthy leaders who promote worthwhile causes.” John C. Maxwell, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

Thank you, dear Tim.

 

Filed under: Leadership

January 14, 2019

Oh my gosh! WTF?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

Watch this video. Show this to your board. Share the video with your staff.

Maybe if everyone in the sector sent this video to every single foundation and corporation…. And the GOVERNMENT!!!!!!!! And even some of those individual donors. Hmmm….

Click here: WHAT IF PIZZA SHOPS WERE FUNDED LIKE NONPROFITS?

Maybe have this on a big screen scroll in the lobby of your organization. Maybe send this to every single taxpayer in your town, city, province, state. (I know. I’m getting carried away.)

Thanks, Bloomerang for sharing this MARVELOUS VIDEO and everything else you do all the time. Love you.

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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