Monthly Archives: June 2010

Promising Partnerships

New organizations often depend on valuable partnerships with existing organizations. While I often talk about fundraising goals, new organizations also often participate in grassroots marketing efforts. Recently, Reach was selected to participate in Capital Cause‘s “To DC, With Love Festival” from 4pm – 9pm on July 31st. This exciting event is designed as a fun […]

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Did You Hear?

For several weeks, the news has been dominated by oils spills, a “rogue” general, and the 2010 World Cup; however, while few were looking, the Gates and Buffet families decided to lead the largest philanthropic charge in history (a more detailed explanation of their goals can be found here). Buffet, who has pledged 99% of […]

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Is This All There Is?

In this recent article by Dr. Benjamin Ward (scroll down to pages 8-9), Ward outlines the dangers associated with an exclusive reliance on what is described as the “ethic of performance.” While not speaking directly about America’s public education system, so many of Ward’s words ring true when considering urban education. In an effort to […]

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Well Said…

Few people understand the importance of Adolescent Literacy. We have invested so much more in the education of children in grades K-3. Our time, our attention, and our money have been directed toward younger children. While this is a necessary use of some educational resources, it is not sufficient to produce our desired outcomes. Advanced […]

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The Most Beautiful Sight These Eyes Have Ever Seen…

In the movie “Rudy,” this is what the main character’s father says when  he arrives to watch Notre Dame play Georgia Tech. That line came to mind today when I finished a big project. It was the most beautiful sight these eyes had ever seen: an amazing Excel spreadsheet. I often write about fundraising and/or […]

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The List Keeps Getting Longer!

Every time I feel, for a moment, like I’m actually getting my feet under me, I am reminded of how far I have to go. Sometimes, a simple task creates a million opportunities for anxiety. This evening, that task was the completion of some forms necessary to get price quotes for insurance coverage. As you […]

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Another One Gets On The Bus.

During the start-up phase, there’s a catch 22 regarding enlisting help. It seems like a great idea to bring in interns to handle some of the tasks that eat my time, but I have neither the space for an office nor the time to supervise and guide interns. So, to this point, I have declined […]

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Sometimes, You Just Don’t Know.

I sit here coming down from the high of last night’s trivia event at Solly’s Tavern. The Solly’s staff was enthusiastic and friendly, and the tables were filled with Reach fans and supportive strangers. In a closely contested trivia battle, “Smooth as Eggs” took home first prize while a strong showing by “The Boote Bunch” […]

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