Posts in category "Commentary"

Freelance Nonprofit Work: The Road Less Traveled

Freelance Nonprofit Work: The Road Less Traveled
This week’s post is part of Blogapalooz-Hour, a monthly effort by Chicago Now bloggers to post on a particular theme. It’s also ironic, because today I ended a short-term freelance position and submitted a piece for a benefit book. Ever since choosing freelance nonprofit work over a traditional position, I have to say that I did... Read more »

Remembering Prince: Music & Social Change

Consider this a different kind of reminiscence about Prince, who passed away yesterday. And trust me, there is a connection to social change – I promise. For many in my generation, Prince’s Purple Rain was a ticket to cool – sure, I saw it when it came to the Brighton theater, but I also managed... Read more »

Inside the Chicago Charity Challenge: Latham & Watkins LLP

Inside the Chicago Charity Challenge: Latham & Watkins LLP
(Special thanks to Robin Hulshizer of Latham & Watkins for her time and insight) One great thing about Chicago is a thriving community focused on corporate philanthropy. Amongst more community- and technology-based efforts, Chicago corporate philanthropy takes a unique approach, moving businesses beyond just monetary donations into building strong community partnerships. Chicago Charity Challenge focuses... Read more »
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Choosing Boys & Girls Club of Chicago's Youth of the Year 2016

Choosing Boys & Girls Club of Chicago's Youth of the Year 2016
When a colleague invited me to the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago’s 2016 Youth of the Year celebration, I had expectations of just another nonprofit event. Nothing wrong with that – I enjoy checking out Chicago nonprofits – and I knew people who had worked with (and for) Boys and Girls Club, so all... Read more »

"Where's The Fair Use?" - Video

Many nonprofits and social ventures are concerned about “Fair Use” when it comes to online media. In an effort to help educate, here’s a video – with slightly more pop culture focus – that’s making the rounds, and that should be a great primer. It’s about twenty minutes, but well worth your time….and which answers... Read more »

Open Letter to Governor Bruce Rauner

Dear Governor Rauner, I am a registered voter in the state of Illinois, a proud resident of the city of Chicago, and an election judge. So I write this as someone qualified to reach out to you, and more importantly, someone whose opinion you should value. Because quite honestly, you’re doing a really poor job in... Read more »
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2015 In Review: One Cause At A Time

2015 In Review: One Cause At A Time
Examining 2015 in review, Chicago can easily make one very important claim: 2015 was the year in which Chicago residents actively built and strengthened their communities one cause at a time, and technology played a greater role in making that happen. From a highly contested mayoral race to protests around police conduct, from library hotspots... Read more »

Book Review: JAB, JAB, JAB, RIGHT HOOK

To be honest, the past few weeks have been rough for me personally – family health issues have kept me busy, resulting in sudden changes in my schedule that have made it . At one point, I was fortunate enough to carve out some time to “sharpen the saw”, as it were, and keep up... Read more »

Help Carole Brown Crowdsource Support

Help Carole Brown Crowdsource Support
 Crowdsourcing, or solving a problem by engaging social networks, has become a critical factor in how nonprofits, social ventures, and other businesses handle larger, more complex issues. During the holiday season, with many people lacking resources (and more importantly, increasing cuts to critical community services), crowdsourcing support for emotional (and financial) needsmight be the last... Read more »
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Winston Churchill: Inspiration For Social Change

Winston Churchill: Inspiration For Social Change
Every month, Chicago Now invites its bloggers to write about a set topic – for November, the focus is on a particular quote and describes how it resonates or has meaning for us. One of my personal go-to sources for inspiration is Winston Churchill, and one of his frequently used quotes describes my attitude about... Read more »