Posts tagged "collaboration"

Meet Your Neighbor: IssueLab

(Special thanks to Gordon Mayer for the heads-up!) Driving social change in Chicago means meeting a variety of really great like-minded people, but it also means learning about great resources for nonprofits. Recently, I had the opportunity to learn about IssueLab, an online initiative that seeks to help nonprofits by centralizing research. Although affiliated with... Read more »

Freelancers Union Chicago: Resources for Nonprofit Solopreneurs

Freelancers Union Chicago: Resources for Nonprofit Solopreneurs
As an active freelancer, I attend various networking and professional events to find resources, and have become very enamored of great resources for fellow Chicago nonprofit/social enterprise freelancers. Fortunately, last night I attended Freelancers Union Spark Chicago’s Summertime Bash.  If you’re a nonprofit/social enterprise freelancer or “solopreneur”, Freelancers Union Chicago is an extremely valuable professional resource. Freelancers... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

Blog Action Day 2015

Blog Action Day 2015
Every year, this blog participates in Blog Action Day, a global effort to drive conversation around a given topic. This year, bloggers are being asked to focus their Blog Action Day 2015 post around the theme “Raise Your Voice”, with a specific focus on blogging. In many other countries, there are efforts to silence dissent, to... Read more »

Chicago Charity Challenge: A worthy gamble

 Chicago Charity Challenge: A worthy gamble
Sometimes, taking a gamble can pay off. When I was invited to a charity night put on by Paul Hastings, I had let it go due to work commitments. Thankfully, I received a follow up and with a new window of opportunity this past Thursday night, attended their Casino Night event for Christopher House. There, I... Read more »
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Planning the Chicago TARDIS Charity Auction

As an active social change agent, I always “practice what I preach” and have a healthy set of interests outside of my professional efforts. As a very active Doctor Who fan, I always look forward to organizing the Chicago TARDIS charity auction. It’s a great opportunity for me to stay involved, keep my skills up, but more... Read more »

Connecting (And Reconnecting) With Brighton Park Library

Yesterday, I had to perform an act that, for a variety of reasons, was tinged with nostalgia and regret. I had to return my hotspot to the Brighton Park branch of the Chicago Public Library. Now, you may be thinking that I am being overly dramatic, or a bit over-the-top. However, that particular branch of... Read more »

Great Chicago Events This Coming Week

Summer usually means one thing: a variety of events geared towards getting out and meeting others. Some Chicago events are focused around social good and social change, and this week, we’re going to be highlighting some upcoming events to add to your calendar. This Saturday is the kickoff for Learnapalooza, and all-day festival of learning.... Read more »
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Knowing My Strengths

“Growing up” in the nonprofit world professionally, knowing my strengths (professional and personal) – and aware of the things I was good at – was always a challenge. Much of it came because of my personal background – without going into details, self-esteem came late in my life. In fact, learning what I was good... Read more »