Our Methuselah Problem

When our youngest turned six he wanted a pet, preferably a dog. My wife and I said no for a variety of reasons and asked what other kind of animal he may want. After witnessing the deaths and “funerals” of a couple of his sister’s short-lived parakeets, our son chose a Russian tortoise. He named it Henry.

Could MacKenzie Scott disrupt Jewish philanthropy forever?

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MacKenzie Scott, an author and former wife of Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, is a real-world John Beresford Tipton. Even more importantly, she is potentially a human disruptor in the world of philanthropy.

Tsk! Tsk! What a shame she died…Mazel tov!

If the Jewish nonprofit world’s goal is to become stronger for the long term and have far greater impact than it does today, it, too, needs to dig deeper into its own dynamics.

Preparing for Moishe House’s Future

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Moishe House is all about Inspiring Jewish Homes for young adults in their 20s. Being in the young adult housemate business, we are naturally experienced with turnover and change.

From a Jigsaw Puzzle to a Future Jewish Boston Revolution

Moishe House is all about Inspiring Jewish Homes for young adults in their 20s. Being in the young adult housemate business, we are naturally experienced with turnover and change.

Announcing the Meaty Awards

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I once ran a strategy workshop at a meat packing plant. The executives were laser focused when it came to their goal. All they cared about was ensuring that meat – their only product – was at the center of the consumer’s plate.

Education nonprofits

Education nonprofits

Why don’t more nonprofits collaborate? Why can’t they play nicely in the same sandbox, just like we teach kids to do?

Collaboration can be tough for mission-driven, highly independent nonprofits. All too often I have seen sandbox squabble rather than sharing among nonprofits.

Stop being nice. Sometimes, you need to be irritatingly right!

Nonprofits are filled with optimistic and wonderfully generous people. The world undoubtedly needs lots of these folks. This is all well and good when all is calm, and your organization happily continues to thrive. But what happens when you encounter tough times?

Uber wants to be Amazon. Should a nonprofit want the same thing?

Do you remember the children’s car game, Mad Libs? We want all you social entrepreneurs, you leaders of nonprofits, you do-gooders to play. Fill in the blanks in the essay below. Be serious but have some fun. And, no fighting in the back seat!

MAD LIBS for Nonprofits

Do you remember the children’s car game, Mad Libs? We want all you social entrepreneurs, you leaders of nonprofits, you do-gooders to play. Fill in the blanks in the essay below. Be serious but have some fun. And, no fighting in the back seat!