Why Women Are the Market for Changing the World, and How to Reach Them: Interview with The She Spot co-author, Lisa Witter

If you are in charge of communications for your nonprofit or NGO, I recommend you read The She Spot: Why Women Are the Market for Changing the World, and How to Reach Them by Lisa Witter and Lisa Chen.  In the edited transcript of my September 1st interview with co-author Lisa Witter for the Big Vision Podcast, she discusses how nonprofits can use four principles from the book, Care, Connect, Control, and Cultivate to get the wor...more

9 Tips for Effective Fundraising Letters

A friend recently wrote to ask: "Do you have any resources that offer tips on how to write an effective appeal for donations? I'm in charge of writing the annual appeal letter, and I'm beginning to sweat!" ...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

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

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Charity Auction Tips

With the recession suppressing charity fund raiser ticket sales, more and more organizations are looking to Live Auctions to help make up for lost revenue.  Many are huge successes but there are a few tips to keep in mind when planning your own:     1.       If you have international travel packages you will substantially increase the value by including airfare. If you have no ...more

Did I Like The Philanthropist? Not So Much.

I wanted to like NBC's new show, The Philanthropist, but I didn't. ...more

 Hi Tina,

Sorry for the delay in responding to your comment.  I was on vacation ...more

A Sweet eco-cruise for lesbians

Alas, I'm not a lesbian -- but after discovering Sweet, a travel company that merges lesbian travel with eco-social awareness, I had to check the FAQ to see if I could still go on one of their green-minded trips! ...more

I wrote an article on lesbian travel and Sweet was one of the companies I wrote about.  I was ...more

Pondering "The Philanthropist"

NBC will be debuting a new on June 24th, 2009, "The Philanthropist". ...more

13 Causes I'd Give to If Friday the 13th Was My Lucky Day

If Friday the 13th was your lucky day, and you won the lottery, what organizations and causes would you support? In the spirit of the 25 Random Things About Me meme/online chain letter going around Facebook right now, below is a list of 13 causes that are close to my heart. ...more

From Ashton Kutcher to Soup: Super Bowl Giving

It never hurts to organize a fundraising campaign around an event, even the Super Bowl.  I've compiled some  Super Bowl fundraiser ideas, celebrity events, and corporate cause marketing campaigns below. The Following the Equator blog has several ideas for Super Bowl Fundraisers including raffling off a flat screen TV, and setting up a football pool. ...more

Thanks for the information about the Habitat for Humanity SuperBuild, miscellanea. It ...more