Positive Thinking in a Dark Age

Clarification: If there has been a political imprint on my lifelong work with nonprofit organizations, it is embodied by my respect for community-based organizations whose missions are devoted to improving the quality of people’s lives, particularly those without an abundance of ready resources at their disposal. Add to this my belief in the sanctity of the words from the Industrial Areas Foundation shared early in my book…

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Anya Farquhar
It Matters Not If You Don’t Have It Together

I consistently see so called conventional wisdom in the form of publications, electronic or otherwise, about how to go after, say, government grants - or foundation grants - or how to do crowdfunding. The emphasis is on how to fit what you're seeking - that would be money - to the requisites of the prospective "investor." This unfortunately is only part of what you need to consider in such a scenario. I'll put it this way. It doesn't matter how you nuance a pitch for funding, if your organization doesn't have it together internally. That's right. This is also why my book is titled FUNCTIONAL & FUNDED…

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Anya Farquhar
Meretricious Metrics

I make it my business to read a variety of electronic and paper-based sources of information about doings in and among nonprofit, public benefit organizations. I've come to notice that a favorite term tossed around willy-nilly is, metric, or metrics. Singular or plural, the word fairly bristles with the implication of profound and even quasi-scientific importance. So, I decided to investigate this ostensibly puissant term by looking it up. Here's what I was able to find by consulting a couple of dictionaries…

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Anya Farquhar
Are We There Yet? Making Sense Out of Working Together in Times That Truly Challenge Us

It was a bit of a surprise when an old friend got in touch with me about this august gathering, but not so much when I really thought about it. We did something similar some years back when she was striving to embed what I thought was a remarkable, creative approach to rural development throughout the outer reaches of the place where we are today -- and I got to spend some time with her and her folks, and to try and help out a bit with ways to develop needed resources. Among other things, she asked me to join a bunch of good people in a smaller rural setting like this, and to somehow attempt to add something to think about into the mix. I seem to recall that my pitch that day was titled something like, Nothing Changes If Nothing Changes. (That theme might still work today.)…

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Anya Farquhar