I have always been fascinated by faith based organizing as to me it’s an authentic progression of translating your values, beliefs and what those have taught you into practice. Another key piece of this is of course the infrastructure, the churches, gathering places scattered throughout our neighborhoods that welcome all and are historically (and still remain currently) […]Read More No Money, No Mission – The Evolving Nature of Faith Based Fundraising
We talk a lot about systems change, understanding that if built, rebuilt, or—in more passionate circles—dismantled, then that can allow people to thrive, and our society to thrive with it. Systems are key, that’s true. But the “system” as it were still needs people to review it, ideate it, and, of course, implement it. I […]Read More THE GREAT RESIGNATION SHOULD BE AN OPPORTUNITY TO IDENTIFY & INVEST IN THE TALENT OF TOMORROW’S NONPROFITS, NOT AS A REACTIONARY STRATEGY TO REPLACE THEM
“Hope springs eternal in the human breast: Man never is, but always to be blest. The soul, uneasy, and confin’d from home, Rests and expatiates in a life to come” Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man. I believe that our society, when working in unison, can move mountains. I believe that our communities, when working […]Read More My HOPE Equation & How It Can Apply To Your Work.
I recently read a terrific opinion piece in the Wall St Journal titled ‘Innovation Moves to Middle America – Migration of entrepreneurs may yield fewer photo-sharing apps and more practical solutions’ where I was captivated by the following paragraph; Many have noted that talent and capital are starting to move out of the nation’s three […]Read More [Rising Stars in Philanthropy] Venturing Into Philanthropy’s Golden Hurricane
Should philanthropy – especially those anchor institutions whose mission is to lift up their communities – be getting into more direct action in support of our societies most vulnerable? I’m really buoyed right now by the successes of several smaller community trials of buying medical debt, providing a guaranteed income for the homeless and participatory […]Read More Funding The Front Lines – Philanthropy For A Guaranteed Income
Look, I’m no economist but I know an alarming finance stat when I see one, and know that there are steps we can take to rectify it, especially if we incubate and prove out these ideas in a collaborative and complementary way across our burgeoning social sector ecosystem. The stats I continue to be perplexed […]Read More Building Financial Inclusion & Literacy Through Tech – How Philanthropy Can Support The Millions Of Americans That Are Unbanked & Underbanked
The expression “cutting of red tape” is something that has been mainly reserved by politicians and corporate CEO’s alike. More often than not they are referring to the reduction of bureaucratic largesse which can sometimes slow down action but depending on the context, delivery and ultimately influence of those making the calls, it can also […]Read More ‘Refactoring’ Your Nonprofits Governance – A New Culture For Proactive Internal Improvements.
Meenakshi (Meena) Das (she/her/hers) is a fundraising analytics and research specialist. She is the founder of NamasteData, a consulting practice that aims to build inclusive and equitable research and analytics solutions. She specializes in designing survey-based research tools, analyzing engagement, and conducting in-depth assessments. We spoke to Meena as part of our ‘Rising Stars in […]Read More [Rising Stars in Philanthropy] When Data Connects More Than Just The Dots…
We used to think about what we would do with the extra two hours we would get back from not having to commute to work each day. Due to COVID and the ensuing acceleration of automation and workplace expectations it might now be time that we think about that extra hour through the lens of […]Read More THE SOCIAL SECTOR AS A CHAMPION FOR A NEW 35 HOUR WORK WEEK
501 c 3 is just a tax designation, not a business model. Got it. What if you just ran it like a business? Don’t got it. When will the nonprofit sector push back against these lazy corporate tropes? When will the nonprofit sector stop others dictating what we are and what we can do? Our […]Read More Fundraising is the process not our job title: The Fight for professional identity