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Kittens as administrative assistant. Not very effective.
08/26/2020

Kittens as administrative assistant. Not very effective.

05/25/2020

Something to think about as you are making Memorial Day plans! Stay safe and healthy out there!

The teams behind City of Light and Ascend Development are here to remind you of a critical blood shortage. ConnectLife u...
04/02/2020

The teams behind City of Light and Ascend Development are here to remind you of a critical blood shortage. ConnectLife usually does blood draws at schools, workplaces, and other venues now closed. You can make an appointment to go in and donate, and they are observing social distancing to keep you safe. Don’t go in if you don’t feel well, but please consider giving.

Felt relevant.
03/29/2020

Felt relevant.

This is an extremely challenging time for nonprofit organizations. As giving patterns change and grantors shift prioriti...
03/23/2020
City of Light Consulting

This is an extremely challenging time for nonprofit organizations. As giving patterns change and grantors shift priorities, as we figure out ways to serve our clients remotely, please consider City of Light Consulting your ally. During this uncertain time, we are offering executive coaching services for free to five organizations per month. We will also offer web trainings on remote work and client service to three organizations each month. We exist to support you as you serve others, through thick and thin.

www.cityoflightconsulting.com

City of Light Consulting provides services like strategic planning, development planning, grant writing, proposal writing, public relations and marketing.

"There is a real risk that philanthropy will be tempted to cut back on its investments and grant making. After the 2008 ...
03/20/2020
Now Is the Time for Philanthropy to Give More, Not Less (Opinion)

"There is a real risk that philanthropy will be tempted to cut back on its investments and grant making. After the 2008 market collapse, for example, philanthropic gifts dropped by more than 15 percent. This left $30 billion sitting in private coffers instead of being used to further the public good.

Our tendency in philanthropy has been to continue making the minimum legally required payout instead of thinking first about maximum impact to prevent long-term societal damage."

Increased funding must focus squarely on promoting social justice — and provide immediate support to those who have been most negatively (and disproportionately) harmed by the public-health crisis.

Stay safe. Keep your neighbors safe.
03/16/2020

Stay safe. Keep your neighbors safe.

It was such an honor to host the strategic planning retreat for CreativeMornings/Buffalo! Thank you for the awesome pict...
03/10/2020

It was such an honor to host the strategic planning retreat for CreativeMornings/Buffalo! Thank you for the awesome pictures, Beth Insalaco and for the incredible event planning dedication of Live Inspired Event Management.

Yes!
03/09/2020

Yes!

Via RH Reality Check

-B

How are you doing as Monday approaches?
02/16/2020

How are you doing as Monday approaches?

Agreed.
02/13/2020

Agreed.

Be kind, always.

Even a smile of the eyes or a small gesture can make a difference in the moment/day/life of another person, big or small.

Xoxo

It has been a year grammar nerds...so this battle must be resurrected.
02/13/2020

It has been a year grammar nerds...so this battle must be resurrected.

Nerdy grammar battle begins now! Which piece of punctuation fills your heart with song?

It has been one heck of a week, eh? Here’s a shot of oxytocin for your weary heart. http://www.amazingcatstories.info/re...
02/13/2020
Goose Saves Stray Puppy From Freezing Weather By Warming Him Under Its Wings

It has been one heck of a week, eh? Here’s a shot of oxytocin for your weary heart.

http://www.amazingcatstories.info/rescue/goose-saves-stray-puppy-from-freezing-weather-by-warming-him-under-its-wings-255.html

Empathy is a human trait that makes us understand the pain others feel, motivating us to care for others. However, despite our ability to empathize, people too many times just close their eyes and choose not to help. Animals can feel empathy just like humans do. They empathize with each other, but a...

People say that if you do what you love you’ll never work a day in your life. I disagree. Sometimes the work I do is ard...
02/11/2020

People say that if you do what you love you’ll never work a day in your life. I disagree. Sometimes the work I do is arduous, taxing, and maybe even downright exhausting. It’s a lie that doing something you love will always bring you nonstop joy. Sometimes it’s scary! But the truth is it’s scary because of how much I care and how much it matters. Stay the course, even when it’s hard. Make your impact. It’s worth it.

#staythecourse #dowhatyoulove #selfcare #changemakers #nonprofit #founders #loveyourwork #nevergiveup #entreprenuer

If your mom is a doctor or a construction worker, it’s easier to play pretend, I guess. When your mom is a strategic pla...
01/28/2020

If your mom is a doctor or a construction worker, it’s easier to play pretend, I guess. When your mom is a strategic planner and an organizational development consultant, you figure it out. Eleanor taped these “solutions” to the wall “like her mama.” My heart soared. -Nikki

#organizationaldevelopment #strategicplanning #nonprofitleadership #organizationalleadership

So what kind thing is on your agenda this week?  Thanks @mellow.doodles! #selfcare #selfkindness #selfcareforchangemaker...
01/22/2020

So what kind thing is on your agenda this week?

Thanks @mellow.doodles!

#selfcare #selfkindness #selfcareforchangemakers #nonprofitlife #nonprofits

Ok Buffalo’s art community! Let’s do this!
01/16/2020
Call to Artists - Entertainment District Project

Ok Buffalo’s art community! Let’s do this!

The City of Buffalo has issued a 'call to artists' to submit a proposal for a new "photo-worthy destination point" in Downtown Buffalo. With selfies on the rise, it's certainly time to create some works of art that are considered public attractions. The area in question for this work of art is the D

Were your kids soaked to the bone yesterday? Well, Hotel Henry is hoping to rescue them from half-filled plastic pumpkin...
11/01/2019
Hotel Henry to hold "Halloween Re-do" for trick-or-treaters

Were your kids soaked to the bone yesterday? Well, Hotel Henry is hoping to rescue them from half-filled plastic pumpkins! We're in.

Hotel Henry in Buffalo will be hosting a Halloween do-over for all the little ghouls and goblins who were washed out by Thursday night's rainy, windy weather.

Let’s admit it... sometimes this is the biggest accomplishment there is!
10/26/2019

Let’s admit it... sometimes this is the biggest accomplishment there is!

Indeed!
10/11/2019

Indeed!

Now the question is... what will you use the power *for*?
09/22/2019

Now the question is... what will you use the power *for*?

Are you being forced to submit to horrible Friday meetings? Here's something to giggle to!
09/20/2019
The 9 Worst Mission Statements of All Time

Are you being forced to submit to horrible Friday meetings? Here's something to giggle to!

If your mission statement contains no typos, mentions what your company does, and doesn't go on for a whole page, you're already doing better than these major brands.

Yes!
09/20/2019

Yes!

Where’s your compassion today? Can you share some with you?
09/18/2019

Where’s your compassion today? Can you share some with you?

“Compassion is not a scarce resource. There is enough for everyone, including yourself.”

So often as mindful, respectful parents we extend grace and compassion to the little ones we are raising all while withholding that same grace and compassion from ourselves. Just like our kids are doing the best they can, so are we, and if we truly want to lead with kindness and compassion we must start by offering that to ourselves. #consciousparenting #mindfulparenting #respectfulparenting #selfcompassion #extendgrace #selfcompassionquotes #parentingquotes #parentingtips #parenting101 #positiveparentingtips #peacefulparenting #presentmama #parentingwithintention

09/11/2019
Nonprofit AF

We chuckled and chuckled.

As Halloween is coming soon, I’m thinking we need a nonprofit-themed haunted house. You walk down a darkened corridor that’s covered with logic models and SWOT quadrants. It leads you to a room where board members are wordsmithing a mission statement and have been arguing for three hours on whether to use “provide” or “providing.” You cross the room into a gala where no one is bidding on the silent auction items. Exiting the gala, you enter into a room where you’re asked to participate in an icebreaker that involves everyone coming up with weird noises or a dance movement. Freaked out, you run. Someone jumps out and chases you screaming “Can I give you some feedback?!!!”

What would terrify you? Feel free to add on in the comments. (This may or may not be a future blog post)

For your inspired weekend.
08/31/2019

For your inspired weekend.

Good Morning friends. This was too beautiful not to share! Such a great perspective.

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This is what the skyway should look like at night.