A friend’s birthday party when I was nine years old changed the trajectory of my life. The party was the week before Christmas in 1981. My friend lived a ten-minute walk away from my home in a small town in Minnesota. I was expecting a fun party with friends, games, cake, ice cream and presents. Instead, a chance encounter at the party became a watershed moment in my life.
It’s OK not to have one true calling.
You are not alone! There is a word (or several) for what you are. You are a multipotentialite. Also known as a scanner, multi-passionate, Jack-of-all-trades, or Renaissance person. Phew….
Tales of two misadventures during a canoe trip in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
If I could go back in time and talk to my 22-year-old self (pictured above), I would encourage her to focus on LEAPS. Learn. Experience. Ahhh. People. Simplicity.
My husband and I lived apart for most of five years when we were dating. The lengths of time apart ranged from one year to 2 weeks. The distances apart ranged from 6,800 miles (Boston to Nagoya, Japan) to 105 miles (Boston to Northampton, Massachusetts).
Our relationship thrived despite being long distance. I did it in the dark ages before the Internet when we mainly communicated by letter.
For fun, I decided to explore if there is anything that we in the world of fundraising can learn from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Below are key lessons that we can learn from the film itself as well as lessons from the making and marketing of the entire Star Wars series of movies.
Would I miss Christmas with my family because of a work policy that says I have not yet earned enough vacation days?
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The moon shines down on our snowy path in the wintery woods. My mom and I use the moonlight and a flashlight to help us navigate the trail. Our boots crunch the snow. In the distance, we begin to see Burntside Lake. The frozen and snow-covered lake reflects the moonlight. We pause in the still night to look at the beautiful sight and consider what we are about to do.
An astonishing tale about my first pet
Peering into the terrarium, I stared in disbelief. My pet chameleon was not there no matter how hard I searched. Did it have the ability to change color and blend in after all?
I am happily married and have been out of the dating scene for a LONG time. I cannot offer dating advice. But I can discuss how developing a relationship with a donor is a lot like dating.
Dating and fundraising can be challenging at times. This is true even under normal circumstances. Fundraising at an international school is especially challenging.
Don’t despair. Ultimately, the rewards make it worth the time and effort.
First, this post compares the five stages of fundraising to dating. Next, we will look at relationship situations that compare to the fundraising at an international school.
I love the creativity, autonomy, and flexibility of working in a small development office.
These joys come with significant challenges. You have to do almost all the tasks yourself. You often have a small budget. You might not have the most effective tools required to complete a project. You often work at an organization that has not yet established a philanthropic culture.