The Rundown 8.16.2017

If you're anything like me you're on your phone or at your desk "working" but your mind is often in other places. You're frustrated. You're angry. You're scared. Or maybe you're just tired. Or sad. Or feel numb. A feeling, ironically that's supposed to feel like "nothing" but couldn't be more from the truth. 

Depending on the hour, I'm in any of these places. I often feel limited or like I don't know where to begin to address or affect the changes necessary around issues of racism, violence, bigotry, and social justice. So I'm starting here. I'm taking this humble little project called The Rundown and I'm at least opening a few doors of dialogue and adding to all of our education. 

I'm focused on what's happening in our country, but also what happens at your nonprofit and in our shared lives. So this week I'm sharing articles on a variety of topics that I think matter. I hope you do too. I hope I can open some doors. And I hope you help me to continue holding them open for others as well.

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5 ways you can take action in the wake of white supremacist violence in Charlottesville

  • What can you do when facing something this outrageous? How do we fight against white supremacy and those who support their initiatives? Lots of things, trust me. Lots of things and I implore you and your nonprofit to consider at least one of them.
  • Matt Petronzio with Mashable quickly put together a list of excellent considerations, including a list of amazing nonprofits and organizations to consider supporting. 
  • 6 MIN READ w/o links and video

Fundraising Trend #5: The End of Corporate-Speak

  • Wait. Before you start working with your nonprofit's marketing team on that new self-promotional slogan or jingle to appeal to more donors, read this
  • Fraser Green with Good Works spells it out really nicely that the days of "corporate-speak" marketing with nonprofits is over. People want real stories, real insights, real lives reflected. 
  • 4 MIN READ

Three Things You Can Learn From CEOs About Staying Positive

  • This is not a plea to "stay positive" in the face of injustice. Or maybe it is? This article is a smart look at how anyone can stay positive with anything they face, no matter what they face. You and me included.
  • Aaron Hurst picks the brains of some fantastic CEOs on what keeps them more positive and how others can benefit from the same thoughts or approaches in their own lives. 
  • 4 MIN READ

5 Charts That Illustrate The Racial Bias In The Nonprofit World

  • It's not a secret that the nonprofit sector has a racial diversity issue. It's even less of a secret since a series of reports that surfaced last year with over 15yrs or research applied pointed out where, when and why. 
  • Ben Paynter at Fast Company pulls at a few threads asking why white people continue to hold 80% of the industry's top positions. 
  • 4 MIN READ w/o links

10 Ways to Cultivate Credibility

  • Credibility is key. We think highly and broadly about education, experience and clout, but we sometimes forget about the role credibility plays not only in our own careers, but when we interact with others.
  • I've disliked many people personally who I was able to work effectively with because they were smart, reliable and credible
  • Sherrie Campbell at Entrepreneur spells it all out with 10 smart tips and considerations to not only seem but actually become more credible. 
  • 4 MIN READ

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"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." Nelson Mandela