Category Archives: Social Responsibility

2015 UN Conference on Climate Change : Are They ‘Writing to Make a Difference’?

I wish I could go to the UN Climate Summit in Paris, but I have to watch from the sidelines here in the San Francisco Bay Area.

A full 196 signatories (195 states and the European Union) are set to negotiate a treaty to limit global warming and deal with climate change’s effects worldwide (as of 2020). This meeting is supposed to be the big one: the one that will turn the tide toward a real global agreement. Emissions targets, climate change adaptations, financial pledges, etc. will all figure into the document.

Throngs of activists from all around the world are also chiming in.

Will it all be effective?  It had better be. But that remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, some great press coverage is coming out of The Guardian (UK) and Democracy Now!, to name a few sources. I am also part of the Paris Rapid Response team at 350.org (an easy way to plug into the action).

And since our focus is on writing and the power of language, I have to share this article from The Guardian on the competing metaphors used by heads of state in their speeches to open the conference. The phrases included: Continue reading

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.) Continue reading

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.

TAKEAWAYS:

– 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

SPECIAL OFFER: complimentary strategy session to propel your ‘inner writer’

phoneYou may know that I offer interactive training and presentations to groups and conferences (in person and online). You may know that as an editor, I add a professional polish to grant proposals, website content, strategic plans, speeches, and even books and e-books.

But did you know that I am also a writing coach for social sector executives and staff?

You may be frustrated that, despite your best efforts, you’re stuck in old writing habits that hold you back. You may feel like your documents are full of great ideas, but they often get ignored or sidelined. Are those the results you want?

I didn’t think so.

Let’s schedule a complimentary strategy session to discuss where you are now as a writer, and what it would take to get you where you want to go. A little supportive personal attention and expert feedback might be all you need. Of course, our conversations are confidential.

A few recent coaching clients had this to say: Continue reading

Grad Gift Pack: Get your social sector career off to a great start!

grad capDo you know a recent graduate interested in the nonprofit or social enterprise sector? (Hey, that recent graduate might even be you!)

Now that the caps have all been tossed in the air, it may be time to start focusing on the next step. If so, you’re in the right place.

Great writing is CRUCIAL to success in the social sector (nonprofits, foundations, green businesses, and the like). Improve your writing and you’ll boost the effectiveness of your fundraising, marketing, program development, or organizational management. You’ll also become an “authority” (the root of that word is “author”).

But few of us know how to share our work with the world in the most effective and efficient way. That’s where I can help.

Through August 31, I am offering a special Grad Gift Pack, which includes:

A) 20% off your paperback or e-book copy of Writing to Make a Difference: 25 Powerful Techniques to Boost Your Community Impact. This “portable writing coach for social change” is filled with solid advice, examples, bonus tips, and writing exercises designed to get you in the writing groove — no matter what position you get at an organization. Continue reading