Ill Fares the Land


I swear, in my other life, I would have been an economist.

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Who doesn’t want to get into a cab and win some money?

I experienced a city-living “first” last night when I stepped into a taxi cab on my way out to see friends, and noticed a small brown leather item on the floor of the cab. I picked up what looked like a small wallet, and almost said something the cab driver about the last passenger having left her wallet, but quickly changed my mind, thinking it better to figure out what to do on my own. I looked through the wallet – which obviously belonged to a girl because of the butterfly embossed on the outside and the band-aids contained inside (a smart New York girl always carries band-aids on her, because blistered ankles are no excuse for not wearing your best shoes) – and only found some loose bills and a Walgreens rewards card. No credit cards, no ID. There was no way I was going to figure out who the owner was.

So now I have a dilemma. Who does the money belong to? If I found cash loose on the street, I wouldn’t hesitate to call it mine. But for some reason when money is stacked together neatly in a unique looking wallet, with personal items inside, I’m much more hesitant to keep it for myself. This is clearly money that someone will notice is lost, and money that will be missed. 

I’ll just blame it on Jewish guilt, but I don’t think I can spend the money. Guess this is a good excuse to make a donation, right?

Huge thanks to Big Duck’s Sarah Durham on the honor of being mentioned in her blog post about the AFP workshop. 

With that, I share Sarah’s post.

Leaning In: Women’s leadership in the fundraising world


For years, I’ve noticed that the majority of faces you see in most nonprofits belong to women. Women are the backbone of the social sector! They lead organizations, run departments, and power nonprofits at all levels. In fact, women make up 2/3 of the nonprofit workforce, yet despite that, we still occupy only 18.8% of the leadership slots at the top 400 charities. Sigh. 

But perhaps times are changing.

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Am I being preachy? I ask myself this question nearly every day, unfortunately, because I fear there is a fine line between promoting giving and annoying the hell out of your friends.

I’m not afraid to admit that I think my friends should give more of themselves, their time, their money, their whatever, but I am afraid I say it so much that it runs over the line of inspirational, crossing into patronizing territory.

I wonder, how can I better inspire others to give? When leading by example doesn’t feel like enough, and shouting on a soapbbox goes too far, how do I find that nice balance in the middle?

I didn’t write this post because I have any answers… It’s just something that’s been weighing on me.

This morning I attended my first ever Association of Fundraising Professionals event, a “pop-up” about Women’s Leadership. And while I’m not a professional fundraiser, though it must be clear to you by now that development is something I’m passionate about and give much thought to, I knew that going to an event led by powerful non-profit women could only lead to good things. I came to the event pretty much just to hear from Sarah Durham, founder of the inspiring and innovative Big Duck, but came out of the pop-up inspired by nearly every woman at the table.

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Heads up to all my loyal readers (yes, all five of you!)

I wanted to let you all know that I have begun a course studying for my GMAT and will have little time to blog in the next few months. I’ll be back on here as often as I can!