Just for fun

November 26, 2018

WOW! This could be so very cool!

THE PHILANTHROPY INITIATIVE AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY 

Thanks Jeff Broberg, cohort 17, MA in Philanthropy and Development at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota for sharing this!!!

“The Philanthropy initiative is a long-term project to collect, research, document, and display materials relating to the history and impact of American philanthropy, broadly-defined. An annual program, The Power of Giving: Philanthropy’s Impact on American Life, and changing exhibition, Giving in America, explore the collaborative power of giving in all forms and at all levels across a wide spectrum of issues and movements.”

HOW GREAT… Philanthrop is part of American history. Remember the writings of Alexis de Tocqueville — and his article “Democracy in America.” In this article, de Tocqueville wrote about civil and political society and the individual.

….Videos. Exhibits. Info about who gives and why and how and what we give. Giving and the arts, environment. Sample pledge letters and more.

Thank you thank you, Jeff!!!!

September 17, 2018

Loving quotations…redux

Hey thanks you all who read my blog. You sent such cool quotations to add to my quotations!!!

From Vicki James: “Fundraising allows ordinary people to change the world.” [YES! Ordinary people. Because philanthropy should be a democratizing activity…not just a major donor/major gift / wealthy thing!!!

Alex Cooper says: “My favourite, concise quote/directive is ‘every interaction is an ask’ – ingraining this in the organizational culture can sometimes be difficult but it is definitely a game-changer in terms of amplifying the narrative at every touchpoint once it’s in place.”

Bonnie Katusich gave me the total quote from Marianne Williamson, which I shared in my original blog:  “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, talented, gorgeous, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people per mission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

And there are more quotes to come!!!

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September 12, 2018

More quotations!!

I use quotations in strategic plans for clients… in fundraising plans…in articles and in books…And I use quotations to rejuvenate myself…

Thanks to all of you for sending me quotations.

Thanks, Patti Saunders, for sending this lovely poem from Marge Piercy.

On the birthday of the world
I begin to contemplate
what I have done and left
undone, but this year
not so much rebuilding
of my perennially damaged
psyche, shoring up eroding
friendships, digging out
stumps of old resentments
that refuse to rot on their own.
No, this year I want to call
myself to task for what
I have done and not done
for peace. How much have
I dared in opposition.
How much have I put
on the line for freedom?
For mine and others?
As these freedoms are pared,
sliced and diced, where
have I spoken out? Who
have I tried to move? In
this holy season, I stand
self-convicted of sloth
in a time when lies choke
the mind and rhetoric
bends reason to slithering
choking pythons. Here
I stand before the gates
opening, the fire dazzling
my eyes, and as I approach
what judges me, I judge
myself. Give me weaons
of minute destruction. Let
my words turn into sparks.

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August 27, 2018

Hysterical songs…just for fun

Thank you Ellie, James, Annabel, Emma, Hadley, and Betsy for introducing us to Heywood Banks!!!  These are the 2 favorites for our weekend together. Heywood lives near Flint, MI. Michigan. My Michigan!!!!! I have to see him live!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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August 21, 2017

Story telling … and novels

I’m always collecting quotations. I can talk about fundraising through novels and pop song lyrics.

I just finished this great novel. The Trespassers by Tana French.

Cop story. Very mysterious. Lots of twists and turns. Magnificent writing.

Which person is telling which story. And which story is real or so real or a lie or it’s my story and you begin adding to it and then it’s our story and then….

“When you were with her, you found yourself coming up with stories.”

Telling a made-up story: “It felt magical. As if the whole thing had actually happened but somehow we’d both forgotten.”

“She told me she loved bookshops. Magic, she said, specially small ones like this; you always felt like you might find the one book you’d been looking for all your life, at the back of some shelf.”

I use these kinds of quotations in articles and in the books I write. Almost mystical. So full of … feelings. Meanings. Understandings

I made up tons of stories, elaborate stories… To help me fall asleep. To mitigate the boredom in long car rides. I’d pick them up later. You know, the next chapter.

I do that now. With winning the lottery. My social justice foundation and staff. Gifts to siblings. A flat in Paris. Specific gifts to specific causes. (But damn. I keep forgetting to buy lottery tickets!)

 

 

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March 3, 2017

Post-mortem from the Oscars

My nephew Daniel Joyaux is a film critic. Visit Third Movies & CultureA blog about the best, most interesting, and most offensive works in film, music, & entertainment culture…. both current and classic.

Read Daniel’s Oscars post-mortem. You’ll have fun and appreciate films all the more.

He writes soooooo well. (And he’s not even biologically related to Tom Ahern!) Such great and informative insights in his blog.

Regularly, we ask Daniel about movies we’re considering: “Should we see this one? How much did you like it? Will it make me sad and today isn’t a good day for sad?”

And he explains why something is good and how it compares to other movies from long ago.

And and and and and …………

So follow Daniel on Twitter (@Thirdmanmovies)

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January 15, 2017

What people say…

I’ve collected quotes since I was in high school. (Hmmm…Maybe earlier?) I have volumes of them in my computer, in the  books I write, in strategic plans for clients, and on the top of my file cabinets.

Quotes help me codify my thoughts…make me cry…inspire me…give me hope or sadness.

So I think I’ll share some favorites, old and new. How might you use these? How do you feel about these? Anything you want to share right here in the blog – with me and others?

“The one thing you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.” Neil Gaiman. (Thanks, #SandyRees for tweeting this!)

I read this and feel empowered. Maybe that sounds silly. But sometimes I feel like I’m too out and too candid and swear too much and rant too much and and and and …. But that is me. My voice, my mind, my story, my vision. So I’ll celebrate being me.

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October 5, 2016

The DNA Journey

Watch this YouTube video.

Surely this is more than “social commentary.” Surely this is leadership and the nonprofit sector and all sectors.

This is LIFE.

Lovely. Insightful. Challenging.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all do this? Would this help heal the world?

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July 25, 2016

Twitter and Simone

Okay. Finally. Yes. I know.

I joined Twitter. So now I Tweet on Twitter.

@spjoyaux

John Lepp kept nagging me. Others got all excited when I joined up. Thanks, people. So there I am.

July 6, 2016

Songs, lyrics, fundraising, life and other stuff

Yes, song lyrics can provide insights to fundraising and philanthropy and strategic planning and…. well just lots of stuff. After all, Dylan is a poet. He chose to deliver his poetry via song. Lyricists are telling stories… whether you’re Springsteen or Fleetwood Mac or so many many others.

So here’s another example…

In early April, I was driving to the airport at 4:30 a.m. (Yes, 4:30 in the morning.) I was listening to the BBC, a show called Soul Music. I’d never encountered this show before.

This particular episode  focused on the Dire Straits song “Brothers in Arms”. It’s wonderful!!

The episode was an “exploration into the enduring appeal of the Dire Straits classic, Brothers in Arms.” The description goes on to say, “Although thought to have been written by Mark Knopfler in response to the Falklands war in the mid 80s, it’s a piece that people now associate with many other conflicts, both military, personal, and social.”

I love Dire Straits. And I particularly like that song…For me, it’s about Nam, the war there, my family, my first husband, the 60s and 70s.

And my favorite television show of all time, The West Wing, used Brothers in Arms in its episode Two Cathedrals.

This episode of the BBC’s Soul Music show is marvelous. A Marine chaplain talks. The Dire Straits bass player talks. And a university professor explains the musicality of the piece – and “Knopfler’s brilliant use of harmony” – that “gives the song the sense of yearning that has made it into one of the most enduring pop songs of the last century.”

Do you know the lyrics to Brothers in Arms? What stories do you tell yourself when you listen to the song?

P.S. Romance novels and spy and sci fi have great life and fundraising and planning quotes, too! Maybe these blogs  fall under the rubric of “popular culture.” Yes, popular culture.

Check out the first academic book written on the topic, The Unembarrassed Muse by MSU professor and Pulitzer Prize winner Russel B. Nye. Russ was a dear family friend. He chaired my dad’s doctoral committee and also chaired mine – before I quit pursuit of a PhD for the fun of it.

Maybe because I was my dad’s first-born, Russ gave me books at different times of my life. He gave me my first sweet sixteen novels. He introduced me to a spy author other than Ian Fleming. And a little red hard cover novel about WWII and the French resistance. I wonder where that book went?

Ah popular culture.

Watch out for more music lyrics in the future.

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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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