How to get donors to agree to face-to-face meetings | Cities should actively build green spaces, says nonprofit leader | Patterson Foundation earmarks up to $5M to improve Fla. city
May 22, 2019
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Elton John: More collaboration is needed to end AIDS
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Elton John: More collaboration is needed to end AIDS
Nonprofits, academia and other groups must work together to raise awareness about AIDS, increase AIDS education, reduce stigma and ultimately eradicate the disease, says Elton John, founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. "We will focus on people who should have the means to protect themselves from infection but don't and who are living with HIV and should be on treatment but aren't," adds CEO Anne Aslett, explaining why the organization is merging its operations in the US and England.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy (5/21) 
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How to get donors to agree to face-to-face meetings
Donors may turn down face-to-face meetings because they're shy or busy, and not necessarily because they aren't interested in making a large gift, says Refocus Communications & Fundraising's Aimee Lindenberger. Figure out what is deterring the individual and adjust your approach -- for example, agreeing to meet on their schedule if they're busy, she says.
The NonProfit Times (Morris Plains, N.J.) (5/20) 
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Cities should actively build green spaces, says nonprofit leader
Cities should prioritize the development of urban parks and green spaces, which unite communities and benefit the environment, says Brendan Shane of the Trust for Public Land. "They're an amenity asset that brings multiple benefits to a community, and at a core level helps bring the community together," he says.
Fast Company online (5/22) 
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Patterson Foundation earmarks up to $5M to improve Fla. city
The Patterson Foundation will invest up to $5 million to renovate the Sarasota, Fla., waterfront and develop a free public park with fitness and cultural attractions. The nonprofit will launch the project with a $2 million investment, then contribute an additional $1 million for every $5 million worth of private investments funneled into the 53-acre venture.
Sarasota Magazine online (Fla.) (5/21) 
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Strategic Leadership
Great leaders ask for help and love to learn
Image consultant Terry Wildemann says she has learned that good leaders focus on serving others, don't take things personally and set strong boundaries. "To serve well, I needed to ask for help and learn, which meant asking many questions and being open to listening and understanding," she says.
Medium (tiered subscription model)/Authority Magazine (5/8) 
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Sector Analysis and Impact
Q&A: Las Vegas nonprofit creates a safe place for children
The Children's Service Guild of Southern Nevada provides children with clothing, food, toys and shelter during times of need, and facilitates foster care services, as needed, says Executive Board Member Elise Rigatuso. "We step in where the county hasn't budgeted to give these kids safety and love and whatever they may need," she says.
Las Vegas Review-Journal (tiered subscription model) (5/20) 
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Invest in renewables, tech to stop climate change, says Bill Gates
The world could further address climate change by encouraging investments in wind and solar and technologies that improve transmission and energy systems, writes Bill Gates. "[I] am optimistic that with the right mix of solutions we can deploy right now and new innovations we can build a path to a carbon-free future," he notes.
World Economic Forum (5/21) 
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