Category Archives: Social Change


A few thoughts during this season of gratitude, peace, and generosity …

Every year at this time I do a special reflection on the abundance of things in my life I am grateful for.

The list is long, and spans from the physical (health, food) to the social (family, friends, colleagues), to the mental, emotional, spiritual, and entrepreneurial. The people I get to work with every day — talented changemakers in a wide variety of fields, professions, and specialties — round out the list.

I also have been thinking about the refugee crisis our world is facing at this moment in history. The bottom line seems to be that we are all part of a human family; if we can’t accept refugees and migrants fleeing from hardship, what have we become?

I come from immigrant stock myself (my father is a Persian Jew and my mother’s parents come from Jewish communities in Eastern Europe). I am eternally grateful that we are safe, supported, and able to pursue our dreams in this country. (Unfortunately, that cannot be said for all of my country men and women but it is true for many.)

For centuries the U.S. has been a beacon of hope for those in search of a safe harbor. This season of gratitude, peace, and generosity seems like the perfect time to live up to that tradition.

PS: If you would like to sign an open letter to the US Congress about this issue, please go HERE.

The letter ends with this paragraph:

“Refugees are not the enemy. Refugees are our spouses, our parents, our grandparents. Some among us are refugees themselves; others have experienced the violence of war. But we are all writers. As such it is our duty to bear witness. Together we call upon the government of the United States to take in Syrian refugees, to act with humanity, and to honor Emma Lazarus’s words, chiseled on the Statue of Liberty: ‘A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles.'”


Webinar Recording: Getting All Your Ducks in a Row: How to Plan for Grant Proposal Success

Did you miss the webinar on August 26, titled “Getting All Your Ducks in a Row: How to Plan for Grant Proposal Success”?

You’re in luck! The recording is available now for only $9.99.

As a grant professional, you should never have to worry about being unprepared for a grant proposal, grant report, or conversation with a grantmaker. In this webinar we will discuss the planning you’ll need to do to make sure you’re ready to take on the world. This session is designed to give you the tools you need to get started right away, and is ideal for grantwriters and fundraising managers.


– The 5 pieces of information you absolutely need when planning a funding proposal
– How to use those plans to shape a full proposal template
– How you can prepare your proposal to make grant reporting a snap

SPECIAL FEATURE: We engaged in a brief role play between a participant (playing the ‘grantseeker’) and me (playing the ‘grantmaker’). You’ll get to hear the conversation and the debriefing. Continue reading

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Live Internet Radio Interview Discusses “Writing to Make a Difference”

Join me and The Philantrepreneur Foundation Radio Show host Dr. Victoria Boyd. We discussed ‘being’ a Philantrepreneur, and how to effectively utilize and implement “Writing to Make a Difference” in your own work.

The show offered tips, strategies and insight to build your organizational capacity, win-win relationships, and community impact. It’s all valuable content for entrepreneurs or nonprofits.

Listen in and you’ll also get a glimpse of my own story and the heart of “Writing to Make a Difference”.

Check out my live interview  and don’t forget the archive of past shows with lots of other great guests!






Free Bonus Gift: Writing Coaching Session (thru 5/30)

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  • Are you considering supporting KQED-FM, public radio for Northern California?
  • Are you feeling frustrated that, despite your best efforts, you’re stuck in old writing habits that hold you back?

If you answered “YES!” to 1 or both of those questions, you are in luck.

As part of KQED’s Spring 2015 Pledge Drive, I’m offering a Bonus Gift of a free writing coaching session, ideal for social entrepreneurs. You’ll get in-depth feedback on an important piece you’re writing and learn to break free of old habits that hold you back.

This session with me (Dalya Massachi) includes a pre-session review of your piece plus a phone/screen share discussion to cover:

  • My edits and any additional thoughts, questions or assignments
  • Strategies for your future improvement as a writer

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New 2-Minute Video: Juicy Writing Tips

If you’ve been following my work you probably already know that I love sharing tips on how to improve your social change writing. You may have been part of one of my webinars, read my book, “Writing to Make a Difference: 25 Powerful Techniques to Boost Your Community Impact,” or engaged with me in some other way.

I recently sat down with a colleague of mine, Paul Jolly. He produced a short video that offers a couple of juicy writing tips for engaging your reader. Check it out here: