Much like South Park's Underpants Gnomes, arts projects may have a clear idea of what they're putting into the process and what they hope to get out of it, but a much vaguer sense of how they're going to get from Phase 1 to Phase 3.
Like everyone else in the business world, we nonprofits need money to operate, folks, and lots of it. Let's focus on some steps nonprofits might take to follow their siblings in the for-profit sector toward a brighter financial future.
"It's the only car I've ever loved. It's guilt-free driving. And I'm proud to be seen in it. I never had a sports car, but everyone is looking at me as if I'm the coolest guy on the block. They ask if it's really fully electric, and are amazed that there is no place for the gasoline!'"
I believe that we are all, with the possible exception of a very few, born with compassion. Thus, for most of us, the quality of compassion is already within ourselves from birth -- we need only to find and awaken our compassion.
The Haggadah that we read at the seder table, instructs that the history of liberation be remembered as a personal experience, commanding that parents tell the story to their children in the first person: "I myself went free from Egypt."
Two years later, while many in Mongolia continue to recover from the 2010 dzud, the trend of urbanization still continues, and at a rapid rate. Many herders now agree that pasture quality and the harshness of recent winters are so bad that herding has become untenable.
New figures from the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) show that global aid fell in 2011 for the first time in 14 years. The cut of nearly 3% will impede progress in reducing poverty and cost children's lives.