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Duke University: The Future of Non-profits is Social Enterprise

(Photo credit: Businessweek)

What will the future of the nonprofit sector look like in four years, ten years or twenty years? According to a Duke University professor and author David Rendall, social enterprise could be the future of non-profit funding.

Recent studies point out there is a Non-profit worker Burn Out and emerging leader deficit. “Low salaries, long hours and never-ending to do lists plague the non-profit sector.”

Harvard Business: New Landscape for Non-Profits:

Today the U.S. government no longer considers nonprofits to be entitled–or even best qualified–to provide social services. Profit-seeking companies like Lockheed Martin are now winning contracts for such services (…) The change raises fundamental questions about the mission and future of nonprofits. Because nonprofits now find themselves sharing territory with for-profits, sometimes as collaborators and sometimes as competitors, the distinctions between these organizations will continue to blur.

A response to a 2006 report that found 75 percent of nonprofit executive directors were planning to leave in the next five years. The 2008 report surveyed 6,000 emerging leaders in the nonprofit sector, and found 69 percent of them felt underpaid.

The reaction to the Meyer Report have shook the non-profit world and caused many blog discussions, including the emergence of Non-profit 2020, a conference to engage emerging leaders in a discussion on the latest reports on the leadership deficit, and a very interesting discussion of Nonprofits of the Future on Social Edge.

There is a growing desire from the non-profit sector for self-reform.

What are the proposed solutions?

Derwin Dubose, a fundraising professional with eight years of experience in development with non-profits, writes on his blog:

As of 2006, there were nearly 1 million 501(c)(3) organizations in the US — a nearly 70% increase from the 536,000 there were ten years earlier — and I’ve heard that number currently grows at a rate of 1,000 per month. As the number of non-profits grows, inefficiency within our field goes up while the pool of available donors shrinks. Competition will be high for donations, and only well-oiled organizations will be able to thrive in the super-saturated market.

Professor David Rendall, makes the following suggestions:

1. Organizations should combine service with business: Given the conditions of the market for non-profits, how can non-profits protect themselves for the future? One way to look at becoming a social enterprise: a non-profit organization that generates earned income to support its social purpose. Earned income is revenue that’s received in exchange for products or services.

2. Social enterprise should participate in the Experience Economy. More and more, consumers are paying top dollar to have unique experiences. Non-profits should consider eco-tourism, travel, direct service opportunities, and experiential events as new fundraising mechanisms.

3. Don’t take on business models that have been rejected by the private sector. In the age of eBay, we don’t need another thrift store.

4. Consider other audiences for our organization. Too often, groups dismiss social enterprise because the people they serve can’t afford to pay.

5. And finally, don’t start a non-profit, start a social enterprise that can make money and then fund charitable pursuits. Starting a business is far, far easier than starting a non-profit. All of the forms, legal information, reporting, and liability with a non-profit added to the super-saturated market for non-profits is reason enough to concentrate on social enterprise.

What are your thoughts? What will the future of the nonprofit sector look like in four years, ten years or twenty years? Retweet/Share. Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.

Resources :

Study: Nonprofit Burn Out. 75% of non-profit executive directors plan to leave in the next 5 yrs. (Some work 3 jobs.)

http://np2020.org/ Non-profit 2020. Engaging emerging leaders in a discussion on the latest reports on the leadership deficit.

Nonprofits of the Future, a discussion on Social Edge

Engaging emerging leaders in a discussion on the latest reports on the leadership deficit.
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Birthday Hugs: 5 hugs a day keeps the doctor away


Here’s something interesting I found:

“A study has shown that giving five people hugs each day can boost happiness level 25% higher. Holding each hug for at least six seconds is most effective. This boosts your production of oxytocin, reducing anxiety & strengthening connection w/others.”

Isn’t that interesting? No wonder I love hugs. I love hugs and charities. So for my 27th birthday, I thought it’d be fun to ask my friends to give to their favourite charity or give a BIG HUG to as many people as possible!

I picked a random winner to someone who left a comment on the 25th, and sent them an iPod shuffle.

Time for more HUGS! =)

Happy hugging!


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(Pics) Largest And Unique Christmas Trees Around The World

Merry Christmas to all my friends around the world!… Enjoy those beautiful Christmas trees. :-)

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The world’s largest Christmas tree!

It display rises up the slopes of Monte Ingino outside of Gubbio, in Italy’s Umbria region. Composed of about 500 lights connected by 40,000 feet of wire, the’tree’ is a modern marvel for an ancient city.

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The Capitol Christmas tree in Washington, D.C., is decorated with 3,000 ornaments that are the handiwork of U.S. schoolchildren. Encircling evergreens in the’Pathway of Peace’ represent the 50 U.S. states.

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A Christmas tree befitting Tokyo’s nighttime neon display is projected onto the exterior of the Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka.

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Illuminating the Gothic facades of Prague’s Old Town Square, and casting its glow over the manger display of the famous Christmas market, is a grand tree cut in the Sumava mountains in the southern Czech Republic .

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Venice’s Murano Island renowned throughout the world for its quality glasswork is home to the tallest glass tree in the world. Sculpted by master glass blower Simone Cenedese, the artistic Christmas tree is a modern reflection of the holiday season.

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Moscow celebrates Christmas according to the Russian Orthodox calendar on Jan. 7. For weeks beforehand, the city is alive with festivities in anticipation of Father Frost’s arrival on his magical troika with the Snow Maiden. He and his helper deliver gifts under the New Year tree, or yolka, which is traditionally a fir.

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The largest Christmas tree in Europe (more than 230 feet tall) can be found in the Praça do Comércio in Lisbon, Portugal . Thousands of lights adorn the tree, adding to the special enchantment of the city during the holiday season.

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‘Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree’: Even in its humblest attire, aglow beside a tiny chapel in Germany’s Karwendel mountains, a Christmas tree is a wondrous sight.

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Ooh la la Galeries Lafayette! In Paris, even the Christmas trees are chic. With its monumental, baroque dome, plus 10 stories of lights and high fashion, it’s no surprise this show-stopping department store draws more visitors than the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower.

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In addition to the Vatican’s heavenly evergreen, St. Peter’s Square in Rome hosts a larger-than-life nativity scene in front of the obelisk.

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The Christmas tree that greets revelers at the Puerta del Sol is dressed for a party. Madrid’s two-week celebration makes millionaires along with merrymakers. On Dec. 22, a lucky citizen will win El Gordo (the fat one), the world’s biggest lottery.

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A token of gratitude for Britain’s aid during World War II, the Christmas tree in London’s Trafalgar Square has been the annual gift of the people of Norway since 1947.

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Drink a glass of gluhwein from the holiday market at the Romer Frankfurt’s city hall since 1405 and enjoy a taste of Christmas past.

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Against a backdrop of tall, shadowy firs, a rainbow trio of Christmas trees lights up the night (location unknown).

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(Source for pictures: http://www.praisecafe.org/)

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Rest if you must, but don’t quit

When life is difficult and things go wrong, rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

That’s the essence of one of my favourite inspirational poem, which you can watch here:

It has over 2 million views on Youtube. It’s a popular one and for good reason. :-)

I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did!


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(Photo) We’re more talented than we think

A few days ago, I went ice skating with a disabled teenager with no legs. And he totally beat me!  LOL

I was inspired and learned the following lesson:

“You can have average talent, but with hard work, you can go FURTHER than someone who has exceptional talent.”

Here are some pictures of illustrating this point:

Have a inspired week!


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Weird girl from Asia: “How Being Understood Helped Me Overcome Chronic Fatigue & Find a Relationship”

We got this email from one of a member from TCKID. I thought you might enjoy it. It’s sent for our volunteers & supporters.

From: Angela
Subject: Thank you!!

I love love LOVE tckid!

I lived in Kuala Lumpur for several years when I was younger and when I moved back to Wellington, NZ where I was born no one understood me.

I was the weird girl that came from Asia!

For the first year back I was really sick. I spent the majority of that year at home in bed. My doctor had no idea what was wrong with me and neither did any of the specialists I was referred to. I had a constant headache and aching body. In the end I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome; I suspect the doctors just wanted a diagnosis at that point.

After that first year things got better and I went back to school. I had lots of friends but kept quite a distance from everyone emotionally – I felt that I had to be careful not to start conversations with “In Malaysia…” as it bored my classmates. When I was 18 I was diagnosed with depression and put on medication for a couple of years. I was 21 when things started to get better for me emotionally and I came off the anti depressants and started to really live again.

I am now very happy in my life and so glad for my experiences living overseas and being part of other cultures. I am very happily engaged to a Chinese Malaysian man who was born in Malaysia and moved to New Zealand when he was 4. Coincidence? :)

Finding TCKid has been such a relief for me.

It’s funny how you can really, truly believe that you are the only person that has had these experiences and the only person that feels so confused and lonely but in actual fact there are so many people out there who can relate! You are doing such a great thing and I am so inspired by you.

I could go on and on and on and on and on… but I think I’ll leave it at that for now. Keep up the great work and thanks so much for making me realise that I am not alone!! You rock :)


Re: Thank you!!

This is a deeply personal story for me, but I am happy for you to share it.

This is the first time I have truly told anyone!

I found that in high school people thought I was making it up, that there was nothing wrong with me. So, of course I felt ashamed about it and often wondered if I was making it up. Now I know that the emotional pain I felt affected me physically and it was not my fault and I shouldn’t feel ashamed.

At the end of the day, I know what’s real and how I feel and I am incredibly grateful for the experiences I have had. :)

Want to leave Angela a comment? Leave a comment below.

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(VIDEO) My mom became a bikini model!

I know it’s been a while since you heard from me– I’ve been busy helping my mom fulfill her dream of becoming a bikini model. (Seriously!)

After her car accident, I promised to immortalize her personal story on video to hand it down to future generations. So .. here it is:

Watch how my brave overweight mom lost 35 pounds and became a bikini model (1:30mins)

(She does something funny at the end of the video. hehe..)

Her dream is to create a world where every woman loves their body. If she can do it, you can too!

Her next challenge: She’s training for a charity run in England for 6 months. :)

I hope she inspires you to pursue your dreams!

P.S: Want to leave my mom a comment? You can leave her a comment below on the blog or on the video.

What’s your dream? Let me know! I can help you bring your story alive and sharing it with the world… or at least to my cat. :-)

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Homeless Outreach: People Need Friendship More Than Food

Homeless Outreach: Feed 85 people in 2 hours: 15+ friends gave 85+ food bags by Brice Royer. Want to help? Learn how you can get involved.

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The Joy of Belonging: Woman Healed of 25 Years of Pain In 8 Hours

This may sound unbelievable, but here’s an e-mail someone sent me today. It’s from Suzanne N. a woman from Reno, NV, , a subscriber of the newsletter, who recently discovered she “wasn’t alone” was healed from years of depression, anxiety disorder, unexplained chronic pain and arthritis.

People did not understand me and I could not find other people who shared my experience. I was lonely, and I was always the outcast.

"People did not understand me and I could not find other people who shared my experience. I was lonely, and I was always the "outcast".

She writes: “Only 4 days ago, I read about the “challenges” [on your site]. I cried for 8 hours. And suddenly I have been free of pain for four days. I also have energy that I have not had in 25 years. I feel good and I want to go out and go for a walk, or go shopping, or maybe go to the park and paint.”

She shares her incredible success story below. I hope it inspires you.

“When I returned to the USA, I was very excited — another adventure, and I was very hurt and disappointed by my re-entry. I was unprepared, and I sort of “lost myself”. It didn’t matter where I went in the USA. From Los Angeles, to New York, to Hawaii, and to my parents home where I live now in Nevada.

People did not understand me and I could not find other people who shared my experience. I was lonely, and I was always the “outcast”.

For several years, I drifted around, trying to “connect” and when that failed, I drifted from relationship, to relationship, just trying to be connected, to a place, to a person, to a feeling. I went from problem to problem, with never any relief or solution. I was in and out of therapy with counselors, and was convinced for years that I had a personality disorder. My family could not understand what was “wrong” with me and the few friends that I had told me I just needed to pray more, to go to confession more often.

For years I have been depressed, with severe “anxiety disorder”, severe “OCD”. I had chronic, unexplained pain in my neck, shoulders, back, hands. I was “diagnosed” with arthritis in my hands.

My priest was the only person who recognized that I WASN’T a wierdo, or mentally ill. He told me I needed to find other people who had similar backgrounds to be friends with. And he was RIGHT! I just found out about TCK as a group, as an experience recently.

Only 4 days ago, I read about the “challenges”. I cried for 8 hours. And suddenly I have been free of pain for four days. I also have energy that I have not had in 25 years.

I feel good and I want to go out and go for a walk, or go shopping, or maybe go to the park and paint. (I’m an artist, but have always been in the studio —now I feel like going outside to paint)

My story: I graduated from high school early, in January of 1984 from Frankfurt American High School in Germany. I was “acting out” as a TCK even then and I wanted to run away from home. So I did. I came back to the States and stayed with my grandparents —my father was set to retire that year, but not until several months later. He and my mother decided on Reno, Nevada because for a federal retiree (he was CIA) there are no state income taxes. This decision on his part, was to impact my life in so many dysfunctional ways! (I am not blaming them , just being honest)

I came here that year, and stayed with my mother’s parents because they lived not far away, in Carson City. Immediately, I was the animal of the “pack who smelled different.” From then, my life spiraled into a world of complete dysfunction. NO one talked about TCK’s back then. And no one knew that what I was experiencing was “normal”. I was branded as a lunatic (and a liar) by my peers and as a “screw up” by my extended family. I did not even know how to apply to a college, and I was terrified of growing up. So I wandered from job to job, relationship to relationship with backward, globally ignorant, and globally blind people. This may sound harsh, but it’s the truth.

In retrospect I now see clearly how I sought relief: I “ran away” to Los Angeles, had many inappropriate relationships, and even went back to Europe for awhile.

For years, I thought I was defective as a human being. I found good friendships though, with other “immigrants.” In my city and state, this means “Mexicans”. Although I was far more educated and “cultured” than they in many cases, I found common ground and excellent friendships with them. In “white” society, I was the one who “smelled” different as in my analogy above. They immediately sensed I was not one of them and I was ostracized quite effectively by supervisors, peers and those of “equal” or “equivalent” so-called culture and education. I have found great solace and consolation in reaching our to the Hispanic community and working with gang members on “street art projects”, showing them how to use their artistic skills and abilities to leave the gangland behind as a place of “belonging”.

The desire to “belong” is more powerful than a passport, and more binding than a contract with any “devil” either perceived or “real”. We are all wounded souls and we are all searching for a place to belong. This knowledge that I am a TCK only serves to strenthen my resolve to continue to reach out, even though I may be rejected and scorned.

As for joining this community: I cannot believe the difference in how I feel. And just writing this here, for your question, makes me feel even better! Thank you! Thank you for being my “friend” even if it’s only here, online. You have made a difference in my life just because you are here, and you are willing to listen.

To all the TCK’s of every nation, every flag, every corner of the world, I want to say :

Thank you! I am honored to be your sister and I am very serious when I say: my home is always home for you. My heart is always open to you. My hands will always find a way to help you.

One Hope-One Love,

Do you have any comments to share? Please leave them below.

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