I was having tea with a delightful new friend earlier today. We were enjoying some time outside when a praying mantis landed on me – not once, but twice. It hung out with me for a while on my cup. A beautiful creature – so small and delicate. I thought, wow – a great illustration to begin my blog with. But then I read up on the praying mantis. Perhaps she’d be better suited with the name ‘preying’ mantis.
According to Wikipedia, One of the earliest references to a mantis is in the early Chinese dictionary Erya, which lists courage and fearlessness as its attributes. Perhaps there’s a way to redeem this reference after all. As nonprofit leaders, we are living in times that call for us to be courageous and fearless. We are raising money and striving to change the world and, in many ways, we are drawing the roadmap as we go. Let us forge ahead while we learn together and face the challenges (and opportunities) of a new day.
Here’s a summary of this week’s articles and blogs related to fundraising and nonprofit organizations. As always, please share this with others might benefit from the information. Thanks again for reading!
- Make Your Gift First http://bit.ly/9I51zv Getting Giving
- Missing out on increased income due to donors falling through the cracks? http://bit.ly/8ZcewL AFP
- 58% of nonprofits said total contributions stayed the same or increased in the first part of 2010. http://bit.ly/bTC54j Guidestar
- A Dicey Economy and the Holiday Push: Hope for Fundraisers http://bit.ly/9cPe7d Joanne’s Nonprofits Blog
- HOW TO: Add Your Nonprofit to Facebook Places and Claim Your New Places Page http://bit.ly/bMpGiC Nonprofit Tech 2.0
- Facebook Place: Time To Check Into Your Facebook Privacy Settings http://bit.ly/d4i80X Beth’s Blog
- Nonprofits’ Growing Use Of Social Media http://bit.ly/aDMnSG The Agitator
- 9 Tips to Rewrite Your Website to Engage and Inspire Donors http://bit.ly/bfXwks FundRaising Success
- Synchronize your brains (and increase donations) through use of stories. http://bit.ly/aWb8MY Future Fundraising Now
- Job market for fund raisers at colleges is undergoing “significant thaw” http://bit.ly/a7h12T The Chronicle of Philanthropy
- Bingo-Hall Operators Charged With Stealing Charity Proceeds http://bit.ly/bQIqeE The Chronicle of Philanthropy
- Beyond Bored Meetings – Breathing Life into Most Important Board Activity http://bit.ly/cAMgZE Christian Leadership Alliance
- How to Get Your Board to Love Fundraising http://bit.ly/a0Xlyc Christian Leadership Alliance