Bijou was a bubbly, beautiful young woman, with a promising future. A dark-skinned girl with gorgeous pop eyes, Bijou was famed for her unbending lover affair with hijab—a prominent definition of her modesty, humility and dignity. She fell head-over-heels in love with hijab at age 12 and remained true to this relationship for rest of her life. “This world is not my home. Death can come knocking at any time. Why not live a rewarding life now?” she would say. Continue reading “When Giving Life Means Death”
Mimi, a BSc. candidate, admits she has always been a pessimist. Her anxiety steadily increased when she started college. She spent last Saturday locked up in her apartment, heavily surrounded by multiple textbooks, notepads, pens, a calculator, a MacBook Pro and screamingly colorful sticky notes and flashcards. She would briefly gaze at her laptop screen, browse through a full-page rubric for clear descriptions of the various parts of a term paper she had to complete and submit before or by 11:59PM eastern time on Sunday. It wasn’t until 10:00PM on Saturday when Mimi finally took on this five-page research paper that is worth 20% of her final course grade. Continue reading “Academic Task Avoidance: A Subtle Struggle”
Evaluation helps nonprofit organizations (NPOs) take a reflective look at themselves in an effort to deduce what is working for them, what requires moderate modifications or adjustments and what needs to be completely discontinued in order to strengthen their effectiveness. For instance, gender advocacy organizations rely on evaluation to: Continue reading “6 Program Evaluation Facts You Should Know”
In today’s hyper competitive economic environment, businesses, including those operating within the nonprofit world, are under intense pressure to increase their effectiveness to attract and maintain the funding they need to continue to meet or exceed their mission. Fortunately, the internet, a key bridge-builder connecting nonprofits (NPOs) with the donor community, plays an incredible role in facilitating dialogue between NPOs and their supporters and, or donors. Though most charities are exploiting the limitless opportunities presented by the internet to connect and interact with donors, the quality of an NPO’s website is key to its competitiveness when it comes to attracting new donors while maintaining existing donors. Continue reading “Nonprofit Internet Marketing Tips”
This remains one of the hot topics of the nonprofit world, considering the hard fact that today’s nonprofit organizations (NPOs) are subjected to funding restrictions. The thing is, donors are not always confident that their philanthropic dollars will be used for their intended purposes. This is their way of reacting to the sector’s undignified credibility after years of exposure to public disrepute over reports of fiscal indiscipline on the part of NPOs—leaving the sector with a stained image. Public scrutiny of overhead costs is the biggest challenge facing today’s NPO managers. However, in order to allow for effective spending, sound infrastructure, and ultimately generate charitable giving, NPOs must not succumb to intimidation induced by donors’ persistent demand for low overhead expenses. Continue reading “Should Nonprofits Appease Funders’ Overhead Concerns?”
I recently had the opportunity to analyze the 2015 and 2016 operating budgets of a prominent Maryland-based nonprofit organization (NPO), thanks to the IRS for mandating nonprofits to make their audited financial statements readily available for public scrutiny. Interestingly, I found that both fiscal years ended in the red. Continue reading “Nonprofit Management Tips: The Risky Deficits “
Are you a mother feeling guilty about spending on yourself? Would you rather spend on your child’s wardrobe? Well, you are not alone. There are thousands of mothers out there that are grappling with similar spending guilt. I remember those days, prior to motherhood, when I didn’t think twice before investing a hefty sum into a pair of Michael Kors sunglasses, purse or shoes. But when the realities of motherhood stared me directly into the eye, I began evaluating every dime invested in me.
As mothers, we naturally put everyone else first, especially our kids—often shifting our needs to the bottom to the priority list. Studies have found a staggering 95% of mothers splurging on the loves of their lives as opposed to themselves. However, while it is ok to spend on stylish baby clothing or accessories, it is also perfectly ok to take care of yourselves, mothers. You don’t have to spend measly or feel riddled with remorse at spending on yourself. The thing is , taking care of yourself is a critical part of motherhood. And don’t ever think that pampering yourself for a moment makes you are a selfish mother. After all, you deserve it too. Continue reading “Mothers & Money: Dealing with the Spending Guilt”