How to Fight Food Waste, Train Cooks, Feed Seniors … and Do It Again

En español | Shortly after midnight on New Years Eve, the first baby boomer turned 70. Everyday, 10,000 more men and women follow, and this will go on for years to come. There are many good things associated with the maturing of the richest, freest and most educated generation in history. Boomers will likely redefine aging as we know it, and usher in a new era of inclusion. They will push to redefine beauty, as well as success, and if …

Obama Floats New Options for Retirement Savings

Small businesses would be able to band together to create a joint 401(k) retirement plan, and some part-time workers could participate in their employer’s plan, under proposals to be included in President Obama’s final budget to Congress. An outline of these and other proposals to expand access to retirement accounts to more than 30 million people was released Jan. 26. More details, along with cost figures, will be available when the president submits his budget next month. Some ideas are …

Nonprofits Benefit When Volunteers Use Their Professional Skills

As a foreign service officer, George Frederick lived in the Middle East, Africa and other exotic places during his 25-year career. His job was to observe and report what he saw, sometimes several times a day, whether it was groundbreaking or mundane. “You see a lot,” he said. Often he saw things that he wanted to fix, but as an observer he could not. So he volunteered in his off-duty time to help out in the community where he lived. …

Being More Efficient isn’t Always the Answer

As your typical husband, I sometimes find myself asking, “I wonder why my wife does it that way?  It would be a lot more efficient if…”  As if the value I bring to our marriage is to help her be more efficient.  What a mistake.  That is not it (and the subject of an entirely different blog), and I often have to remind myself, efficiency is not always the most important or end goal. Same goes for nonprofits. As a …

It’s the Donor’s Money

Have you ever noticed that when you buy a tube of toothpaste from the grocery store, that you never think the money you spend still belongs to you? Fact: you exchanged the money for the toothpaste. Toothpaste belongs to you and the money belongs to the store you bought it from. Quid pro quo, tit for tat, or as some say, “We’re square.” Not so with donations! After 23 years in fundraising, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve …