Charity Muggers or Charity Lovers: What do you think of street fundraisers?

There are two kinds of clipboards. The kind my boyfriend likes using to interview celebrities and festival goers, which attract 5-minute fame-seekers like free money, and the kind I've been issued for my new temporary job, which makes even grown men jump into traffic-heavy streets to avoid me.That's the power I wield. ...more

Nurturing Inner City Entrepreneurs: Jose Corona of Inner City Advisors

"One of the things that we make sure that everyone understands from the beginning is that we have a give back clause. The more successful you are, the more you have to give back." -- Jose Corona, Inner City Advisors ...more

In most inner cities we find the diamond in the rough, kids who are talented and brilliant but ...more

I Love National Parks, Don't You?

My husband and I love National Parks. Before we were married, we spent several Christmases in Yosemite. We got engaged at the Grand Canyon at the beginning of a road trip across the Southwest where we visited Zion, Arches and Goblin Valley (a very cool State Park). ...more

The one of your kitty was very cute too (:

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First (and Second) Jobs are for Experimenting

The first part of my Metro ride book time this week was spent finishing Kiss My Tiara: How to Rule the World as a Smartmouth Goddess. It's a sassy, down-to-earth, at times overly simplistic feminist how-to manual for young women. Some of it I skimmed, some wasn't relevant (i.e. blind dates), but the part about work I read over and over again. ...more

"Saving the World's Women" in the New York Times

It bothers me a little bit that the small print above the August 23 issue of The New York Times Magazine reads, "Saving the World's Women." I'm not sure why. Maybe there's something weirdly patriarchal about it, conjuring images of women sitting around waiting to be rescued? The word "saving" almost implies some sort of blame, as if the world's women did something stupid and now we need to save them from themselves. Or maybe it is the cultural baggage that comes from an American magazine imploring readers to "save" people, which reminds me of all the "saving" that we did in the past that created a lot of other problems. Anyway, aside from my nitpicky initial reaction to something in minuscule font, it is great that the August 23 issue focuses on women who are marginalized and ignored. ...more

I Just Twittered A Critter: Help Dogs and Cats Find Homes

One of my many guilty pleasures is entertainment news and celebrity gossip. While reading one of my guilty pleasure blogs, Ecorazzi: The Latest in Green Gossip, I learned about a fun way to help dogs and cats get adopted in their post, Celebrities Sign up to Twitter a Critter. ...more

 We have one cat too, but would like a second cat, or a dog.


20 Environmental/Green Nonprofit YouTube Channels

One of my many favorite things about my new iPhone (wahoo!) is that it's easy to watch my YouTube subscriptions. Whenever I need a little pick me up, I watch videos of the new kitties who are ready for adoption through a local organization, Maine Coon Adoptions, where we got our first cat. ...more
Notice how all of these channels are associated with giant NPO's / NGO's, and most of those ...more

SoCap09: The Ecosystem of Investors, Entrepreneurs, Donors, New Media, Policymakers, and Nonprofits

I love conferences that gather people from different perspectives on new media, funding, nonprofits, and social change.   The Social Capital Markets Conference 2009 will not disappoint.  It is the gathering of top business and government leaders interested in social change from a systems perspective.  It takes place on September 1-3, at San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center.   ...more

Pick up the Sunday NYT Magazine: It's All About Empowering, Funding & Educating Women

Even though I've had to cut back on a lot of my donations this year, I've continued to sponsor a woman survivor of war each month through Women for Women International. I also celebrated my 40th birthday by setting up a Birthday Wish using the Causes application on Facebook, and raised $580 for Women for Women International with my Facebook pals. Why am I so focused on this organization? Because in my heart of hearts I know that empowering and educating all women and girls is one of the most important things we can do to make the world a better place. Watch The Girl Effect video to see why (it's only 2 minutes 23 seconds long). ...more

 Thanks so much for sharing your post, Anna (: