Social Media Fundraising: Unsustainable, Scarcity-Based Begging?

In a post last week, I noted that Social Media Fundraising is a) not sustainable b) scarcity-based vs. strength-based c) counterproductive if we want to create a better future for our communities In that post, I addressed the last item – the counterproductive nature of Social Media Fundraising vs. creating real impact. Today let’s tackle … Read more

Avoiding the Sirens Song of Social Media Fundraising

These days we are inundated with the lure of fundraising on Twitter and Facebook and sites like A birthday ask on Facebook that raises $5,000. A Twitter campaign that asks for just $10 apiece, suddenly raising $10,000 to help an individual family or a “boy without arms.” Sites like that ask you to … Read more

Doing More with Less in Hard Times

Today, I was the guest for a Live Online Q&A Discussion hosted by the Chronicle of Philanthropy.  The title – chosen by them, not me – was Doing More with Less in Hard Times. Yes, it just about SCREAMS “scarcity,” but that didn’t stop this Pollyanna from talking about the tremendous possibilities we all have, … Read more

Building Cooperation

This morning’s email at the Community-Driven Institute brought this request: I need help finding a list of community organizations in order to form alliances. This was such a pleasant break from the ever-present request,“How can I get grants?” that I thought I’d answer it here rather than individually, as I am hoping you all might … Read more