Reflection Brings Value to Light

Earlier in my career, I didn’t think the things I had to say were worth much to the field of philanthropy. I thought that others were already thinking what I’d thought, and that they carried more weight. It took some deep reflection with the guidance of a coach to help me realize just how wrong I was. It turns out that I did (and still do) have plenty to offer, and I’m making it my life’s work. I understand where and how I can add value to a world I care about deeply. I’m so grateful for the time that I took to be introspective and reflective. If I had not done that, I would have missed so many opportunities … Continue reading Reflection Brings Value to Light

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Why Fiction Might Be Just What Philanthropy Needs

Let me start with a confession: I don’t read much fiction. As I travel the country advising philanthropies of all types and sizes, I find spare moments are scarce and there is always something more productive I feel I should do rather than read for pleasure. But when my colleague Betsey Russell recently sent me a copy of her new mystery novel, Other People’s Money, I was intrigued. It’s set in the world of philanthropy and I was curious to find out how she portrayed our field. Insights into a colleague’s thinking are always valuable, I reasoned, so I’m not completely wasting time. Instead, I gained an insight I never expected: fiction can be a bridge for foundations to connect … Continue reading Why Fiction Might Be Just What Philanthropy Needs

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