Perfect Match

There’s something about a fundraising challenge grant that gets the juices flowing. The nonprofit announces, “If we manage to raise X dollars by such and such a date, then the Y Foundation will match your gift.” We’ve all heard it before, but the match formula never...

Closing the Divide

(Note: This entry is cross-posted in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.) In this election year we’ve heard plenty about the 47%, the 1% and the 99%. The expanding wealth gap has become a major election issue, as it should be. Decisions in the coming years about...

A Person in the Picture

My wife’s grandfather, a lovely and memorable man named Jim Nolan, had a simple rule for taking photographs: “Always put a person in the picture.” A photo of Niagara Falls or the Eiffel Tower or the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens was okay by itself, but it was...