There is nothing more fundamental to success than a powerful, indomitable mindset. Nothing will cause success to elude you more than a weak, disempowered set of beliefs.To create an empowered mindset, you need to reject ideas and beliefs that don’t serve you, embracing positive ideas and choosing to be infected with beliefs that give you strength of mind. What You Must RejectNegativity: Negativity has no upside. A negative attitude eliminates your ability to generate success; it destroys your belief that something is possible and with it, your resourcefulness. If you listen to yourself carefully, you will quickly realize how much time you spend complaining, even when you are only complaining to yourself.Scarcity: There is no scarcity in the universe. The scarcity you perceive is because resources aren’t distributed equally across the planet or across segments of the population. Allowing yourself to perceive scarcity prevents you from recognizing the options and opportunities available to you.Fear: Fear immobilizes you. It prevents you from taking action. Fear is a fog. It prevents you from perceiving the real danger, the danger of not doing what you need to do, what you are here for.Worrying about things outside your control: The time you spend worrying about things outside your control distracts you from taking care of the things that are within your control. It’s easy to get wrapped around the axle, spending your limited time and energy where this is to return.Being Infected: Your mind is under constant assault from ideas that would infect you with negativity, scarcity, fear, and distractions. An awareness of that those infections exist, and knowing who the carriers are allows you to reject those infections.What You Must EmbraceOptimism: Optimism is the belief that, over time, you can succeed, and that things get better. A positive mental attitude creates possibilities. A positive attitude is its own reward, but more than that, positive beliefs tend to manifest and become positive results.Abundance: There are more opportunities available to you than you could take advantage of in two lifetimes. When you see that you are surrounded by abundance, you see opportunities, possibilities, and options.Courage: Courage is the ability to feel fear and act in spite of it. Much of what you want to accomplish comes with a fair bit of risk, and courage is what is necessary to step through your fears.Focus on things within your control: You produce success when you focus on the things that are within your control. You do more to generate results by focusing where you have control and where you can make a difference.Leaving people better than you found them: Infect people with positive beliefs and positive actions. Help them create a greater vision for themselves and help them to see possibilities. Make them feel special, important. Spread your positive infections. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now
No. Unless they really, really want to.•It takes a huge amount of energy and time to blog. You have to be really enthusiastic about the medium, or it’s really not going to work.•Your CEO may not be your best spokesperson. Perhaps you have a volunteer, another staffer or a constituent that can speak better to what you’re attempting to accomplish through this mode of communications.•You’re welcome to blog yourself, but others may be doing it already! If you don’t want to start a blog yourself, what bloggers in your community are talking about your issue that you could reach out to and engage so they’re spreading the word on your behalf?It really comes down to the commitment and the purpose behind the blog. You need someone who will continually contribute and enjoy the process as it’s happening. And, it’s a great opportunity to think about whom you have helped, or what other champions or advocates you have who could blog to advance your mission.
A great comment from Maya Enista of Mobilize.org from the session I just blogged about here at Independent Sector. (That Maya is dynamite, BTW.)In communicating with our supporters, she said we need more “it’s because of you letters.”For example:“Dear xyz, You said xyz at a Town Hall. Here’s what we did. This is what we accomplished. Look what you’ve done!”This is how we build our base, she pointed out.I totally agree. Totally. It’s not about the “I need you because I have no funding” letters.It’s about the “It’s because of you” letters.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy has a great series up right now with 10 things to do now, to raise money during the downturn. You need a subscription to read the full articles but here’s their list. It is based on interviews with a variety of organizations. Some of these are back-to-basics ideas, which is what a lot of people are focusing on. Others are about being frugal and innovative. All excellent ideas these days.Don’t treat giving as a financial transaction. Tell donors how their giving is making the world a better place and don’t just focus on the perks they will receive (e.g. “you get a newsletter and four free tickets” — this is especially important for arts organizations).Keep close ties to donors. Don’t make your only contact with donors be solicitations. Focus on thanking and showing impact. Find ways to let donors see the impact for themselves.Offer matching grants. Ask a loyal donor or funder to provide the match.Ask donors to give monthly. ‘Nuff said.Look for ways to save money on fundraising. Trim special event expenses or eliminate programs that aren’t serving you well. Look for ways to move your communications online. Freeze salaries. Renegotiate with your vendors and consultants (don’t know about this one!).Seek alternatives to soliciting private donations. Can you rent some of your space to another organization? Start a social enterprise? Develop a cause-marketing partnership with a corporation?Collaborate to raise money. You can have greater impact and generate more attention by working with others. For example, ten grassroots organizations serving people with disabilities could put on one large event instead of each having their own. They would probably raise more, hold a better event and get more attention than doing it alone.Scale back ambitious campaigns, but don’t give up on them. You may have to scale back on the goal or increase the length of your “quiet phase” where the lead gifts are solicited.Avoid emergency solicitations. Asking donors to bail you out or save you from impending demise is not an appealing message — who wants to invest in an organization on the brink of collapse? Instead, tell people how the economy is hurting the people you serve and the issues you work on.Shore up relations with grant makers. It is going to take some time before endowment-based funders can get back to decent levels of giving, but that doesn’t mean you should stop paying attention to them. Be on their list when giving resumes, by being in touch and continuing to show them you are making a difference. Source: http://blueprintfundraising.com/the-fundit/
My Silver FLATs, by Joey 989 via FlickrIs giving up or down? Lucy Bernholz has the answers here. As she noted, flat may be the new up. (She was quoting a Tweet there.)Read her whole post. The highlights:1. Giving was down in 2008 from 2007 by 2%, the first decline since 1987. This year, a third of nonprofits say their budgets are down, but 1/3 say they’re up, probably due to stimulus dollars.2. Expect more scrutiny of your nonprofit at all levels, thanks to scandals, budget pressures and the new 990.3. The Foundation Center and Guidestar are both projecting 2009 foundation and individual giving to drop between 9-13% each over 2008 and again 2010 over 2009. 4. We don’t know how many nonprofits are going under, but some predict 10% could this year.So if you’re flat, congrats. That’s pretty great in this climate.
Today my soon-to-be-husband received a direct mail piece with the following message on the envelope:“Warning: The penalty for obstructing or interfering with the delivery of this letter is a fine of up to $2,000 and up to 5 years imprisonment.” It also said: “Postmaster: please deliver between 8/10 and 8/12.” Today being the 14th and all, I guess the postmaster is behind. Or maybe this is all a crock. The latter, of course. The contents of this outrageous piece of mail? A pass for a “free” six-night cruise. This is the kind of thing that makes me hate direct mail. I’ve even seen nonprofits do things this tricky. Does it work? is it right? And…. is direct mail ultimately headed for the circular file? As Mark Rovner points out in this must-read post, not really to all of the above. Any nonprofit marketing or fundraising professional would be nuts to retire the postage meter. That said, Mark makes some extremely savvy points about direct mail. Namely:I’m not saying these tactics don’t work. If they didn’t work they wouldn’t be so commonplace. I am saying it’s all a little bit cheesy and dishonest, and we have three generations – boomers, Gen-X an Gen-Y who are progressively less tolerant of cheese and manipulation than their forebearers.He urges direct mailers to think differently about nonprofit marketing and fundraising – and more importantly, their relationships with their audience.Heed his advice:If our direct mail brethren are smart, they’ll get beyond their denial about the world changing, and reinvent the medium to match the expectations and tastes of new generations of donors. If they don’t, then maybe it is time to be drafting the epitaph.
About the award: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: The Cartier Women’s Initiative Award is an international business plan competition created in 2006 by Cartier, the Women’s Forum, McKinsey & Company and INSEAD business school to identify, support and encourage projects by women entrepreneurs. Posted on February 3, 2011November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)To apply for the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards, visit the website. The mission of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards is threefold:To identify and support initial-phase women entrepreneurs through funding and coachingTo foster the spirit of enterprise by celebrating role models in entrepreneurshipTo create an international network of women entrepreneurs and encourage peer networkingEntrepreneurs play a central role in all economies. More than ever, we must support the next generation of men and women who have the audacity to create, to innovate and to imagine the future. The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards aim to encourage the most vulnerable category of entrepreneurs in their most vulnerable phase: women entrepreneurs starting up. Since its inception in 2006, it has accompanied over 40 promising female business-owners and recognized 15 Laureates.Share this:
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on February 28, 2011June 20, 2017Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Young Champions of Maternal Health have continued to contribute blogs on their progress implementing projects with Ashoka Fellows around the world. This month, the Young Champions share their insights into topics as diverse as striving toward sustainability and the continual pursuit of resources to continue innovating, the challenge (and excitement!) of implementing new maternal health programs in new geographic areas, some of the Young Champions’ goals for the new year and the remainder of their placements, and the importance of being part of the Young Champion community. All this and much more – including some exciting developments in more than one of our Young Champions’ own ideas, projects, and organizations! You can click through to their individual blog posts below. They will continue to blog about their experiences every month, and you can learn more about Ashoka, the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth, the individual Young Champions, and the program here. Enjoy!“Building on Uncertain Ground” by Anna Dion“Butterflies” by Carolina Damásio“Hello Mzungu, Bye Bye Mzungu” by Faatimaa Ahmadi“The Next Chapter” by Faisal Siraj“An Old Man, a Young Boy, Cricket and… Maternal Health” by Hellen Kotlolo“What is a Mother Worth?” by Julianne Parker“World of Contrasts” by María Laura Casalegno“New Year, New Beginning and New Challenges” by Martha Fikre Adenew“Waiting to Take Off” by Onikepe Oluwadamilola Owolabi“Only in Africa” by Peris Wakesho“Try and Fail, but Don’t Fail to Try” by Sara Al-Lamki“Trying to Keep My Feet on the Ground” by Seth Cochran“Snow… AYZH… EG… UI… More Snow…” by Zubaida BaiShare this:
Posted on March 23, 2011June 20, 2017By: Emily Puckart, Senior Program Assistant, MHTFClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Presenters at the recent Woodrow Wilson International Center Policy Dialogue highlighted a number of viewpoints and experiences in the nonprofit and private sector working to address a variety of health challenges. The presentations and discussions among attendees lead me to the question: How can we best leverage private partnerships to the benefit of women and children facing undernutrition? Unfortunately, while the answer to this question remains difficult to discern, there are emerging case studies which demonstrate how nonprofits can successfully partner with private companies to address some health problems.As I highlighted during a previous blog post, addressing undernutrition in women and children is most successful through a multi-sector approach. Since the underlying causes of undernutrition are varied, the remedies to address the problem must also cross programmatic sectors.One more potential partner in a multi-sector approach to undernutrition may be the private sector. Nonprofits can potentially leverage the research and development capacity of private companies, as well as their expertise in profit driven markets when working to address health problems faced by women and children.Laura McLaughlin, an environmental engineer at Cascade Designs, Inc. discussed the important lessons they have gleaned through their work with PATH on the Smart Electroclorinator. She highlighted the fact that private companies need to design products specifically for the end user in order to successfully sell their product. Products designed and produced by private companies to address health problems faced by women and children should also include them in their design process. Nonprofit organizations, which already work closely with end users in the field, can be unique partners in ensuring the needs of women are addressed by private companies. In this type of partnership, private companies can carefully tailor a product to a specific market, while women and children benefit from a product designed specifically for their needs.Including the private sector is not without challenges. Hugh Chang, the Director of Special Initiatives at PATH noted that private companies do need to make reasonable profits. Certainly this must change the relationship with non-profits, who if they have committed themselves to working with the private sector, must also learn to concern themselves with business models and profit margins if the partnership is to be successful. The drive for profits must also influence the relationship between women and private companies, since women and children become not only a focus of a health intervention, but also a source of profits.Despite the challenges in working with private partnerships, if these partnerships are sustained in the long-term, private partnerships could potentially have valuable expertise to offer women and children throughout the world, and the private sector may become a valuable partner in working to end undernutrition.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Posted on June 27, 2011June 20, 2017By: Hellen Kotlolo, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Hellen Kotlolo, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. This is her final post about her experience as a Young Champion, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.I have been home for less than a week after arriving from incredible India, there has been so much to do. My husband and I have not even had time to sit and register everything that happened in the last few weeks and days. We really miss our friends and colleagues; I miss CHETNA and my neighbors. Now that I am home I realize how much free time I had in India to think, to walk, to watch movies, to write my thoughts down, and discuss and share ideas with others. Now when I reminisce about the time in India I realize how my vision was built, solidified, and how it came together. When I arrived for my nine month mentorship in India, I only had a dream and an idea. Now arriving back home in South Africa, I have a vision and an imperfect proposal. I realize now how the nine months shaped me and taught me more about myself than I had ever imagined. I learned what it takes to run an organization — securing funding, finding the right personnel, and developing office skills. I also learned the advantages and disadvantages of leadership styles and how this forms the foundation of any organization.South Africa is beautiful and I now appreciate my country and love it even more than I did before. I am grateful for the free health care system which is accessible and available to everyone — irrespective of race or gender. I am grateful for the developed roads and our highways. I have become even more thankful for our government and policies. We are a young democracy still growing but we are realizing the growth towards Batho Pele (People First) which makes me very proud. Though we might not be perfect, we are definitely taking a step in the right direction.The mentorship has made me realize how I want to play equal roles as a maternal health researcher and as a professional nurse/midwife. I have always been in the maternal health field, but now I want to focus on bridging patient care with research. As I move forward, I am unsure of the steps I am taking, but I am certain the steps will lead in the direction of where my heart wants to be. With that in mind, I want to work with government and community for Lerato Care Project so that I can be the bridge between communities and government.On my final Friday at CHETNA my mentor, Indu Capoor, organized members of the media to come to the office. A few reporters from the newspapers came and were very interested in the Young Champions of Maternal Health Program. I was proud to elaborate on Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force and the wonderful program comprised of 15 awesome Young Champions. I handed out the booklets with blurbs about each of us from the Global Maternal Health Conference, explained how the program challenged young people to be changemakers, and described how I had spent nine months observing young people at work in India. Many of these young people are voiceless and they are taught as women to be submissive and vulnerable. This is something that saddened me, but I was hopeful that as I spoke of each and every one of the Young Champion that they could see the passion that drives us young gentlemen and ladies from different countries to want to make a difference.Here are newspaper articles from The Times of India-Ahmedabad and DNA-Daily Analysis Newspaper–Ahmedabad:All the way from S Africa to teach teach India about safe motherhoodSA nurse gets tips on maternal healthI would like to thank Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force for making this possible and for believing in my dream and ideas. I would also like to thank CHETNA, especially Indu Capoor, for welcoming me into her organization. I will be forever grateful and the lessons learned will never be forgotten. Thank you all for the opportunity to explore the world as it is and for moving me to explore outside of my comfort zone.A Poem: Oh Africa, Oh India….As I travelled I conquered a world full of people.A world full of suffering, hatred, anger, inequalities, racism and social disparitiesWithin that world I discovered hope, love, care, passion, solitude and justAs I walk on the soil of Africa my tears drops with joy and sound happinessAs Africa welcomes me I hail for India for its silent youthfulnessIndia a world of spices and bollywood, divided like the Great Wall of China by modernizationWherefore has the voice of Gandhi gone, because you are not poor?I stand in the midst of these two awesome countries in awe of their beautyYet in wonder of their troubles. I cannot compare these…My heart can leave neither behind. Oh India I hope thy youth finds you soonTo cry no more for women forgotten to life they bring, a sacrifice pure but unjustBecause such sacrifices should not be made to death by birth or HIV/AIDS.Every mother, every child seeks the milk of her mother.Find thy peace India and be joyous in celebrating the presence of your maternal instinctsOh India, Incredible India do you not see the tears on the streetsDo you not see tears that fill your land, do you not see the tears IndiaI have left you to conquer a world of my own in AfricaWhere my dreams and joys were born, where gold and diamonds have filledGraveyards with sons and daughters, where HIV/AIDS takes its own path uncontrolledA world full of possibilities, Africa a world rich and kindWhere once again we shall flourish with love, kindness and caringIn the Southern tip of Africa where we click to talk and whistle to singTo shape the south and up north and beyond we shall travel to shareThese steps that I take are for the spirit of Africanism…To remind Africans of Amazing Africans….– H.M. 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