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  • Cyclist Killed by Bus in New York’s First Citi Bike Fatality
    By MATTHEW HAAG and HANNAH ALANI - Tuesday Jun 13, 2017

    Dan Hanegby of Brooklyn fell under a bus’s tires in Chelsea. He worked for Credit Suisse and was once the top-ranked tennis player in Israel.

    Source: NYT > Home Page
  • How Your Thinking Impacts Your Fundraising and Your Life
    By Gail Perry - Friday May 5, 2017

    Does your mindset really impact your life - and your fundraising results?

    I'd suggest that your thinking has tons to do with how your life rolls out.

    I co-presented this topic earlier this week at the AFP International Fundraising Conference with master fundraising gurus Lori Jacobwith and Marcy Heim.

    We had a blast pulling together our own personal mindset management tips to share - things that have helped us survive the bad times and ultimately flourish.

    I have to say I was quite impressed with our audience's reaction to this session.

    It's a bit "woo-woo" for all the straight-laced fundraisers at AFP.

    But everyone seemed to really enjoy it. A few people shared with me later that our session helped them pivot to a more positive place. (hurray!)

    Here is a bit of our presentation:

    How your thinking impacts your life and your fundraising results.

    1. You CAN change your thoughts.

    It's important for you to simply acknowledge that your thinking impacts how you FEEL inside.

    Where do many feelings come from? From thoughts that generate an emotional charge.

    If you are thinking happy, positive thoughts, you will find that you'll feel much happier.

    And if you are thinking sad or depressed thoughts, you'll find yourself sinking lower and lower into pessimism.

    If you are really aware of your thoughts - then you can change them.

    Think of a light switch - if a thought wanders into your mind that is unhappy, critical or diempowering, try saying to yourself -

    "Nope, I'm not going there."

    Try blocking it off and make yourself switch to something more positive.

    I keep little affirmations taped to my bathroom mirror.

    So every morning, I see cheerful reminders:

    "People love me when I am myself." (Hay House)

    "Today I spend lots of time thinking delightful thoughts."  (Hay House)

    “Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.” (Marianne Williamson)

    And I'm glad to brush my teeth looking at such positive thoughts. It's a nice way to begin and end the day!

    Take away: Pay attention to your thoughts, and make them as positive as possible.

    2. The Gratitude Game

    Have you ever noticed that when you start simply appreciating the things around you, that you feel better?

    If you want to instantly put yourself in a mindset of well-being and satisfaction, then try the Gratitude Game.

    Here's how you play it:

    Get a partner - your spouse, colleague, child or friend.

    Take turns saying out loud - something that you are grateful for.

    Go back and forth, sharing these happy thoughts.

    We played this game with the entire audience at the AFP Conference last week. People paired off, and just took turns sharing their gratefulness.

    You should have seen everyone's faces!

    Expressions changed. Smiles appeared. Happiness was everywhere. I was stunned at the transformation of people's faces.

    Last Thanksgiving, my family and I gathered around the dinner table. After saying grace, I suggested that we all take turns sharing something we were thankful for. We ended up going round and round, over and over, with each person sharing an appreciation.

    Wow! It might have been the happiest moment of the entire weekend!

    Check out this interesting article: 31 Benefits of Gratitude. It has links to many scientific studies about the benefits of this practice.

    3. Forgiveness as a Mindset Practice

    Forgiveness means letting go of grievances.

    We all have people who have hurt us. Situations that happened in the past that still ache and hurt.  Even health issues that continue to pester us. Can you let this all go?

    This practice is difficult!

    That's why they call it a "practice" - you have to practice it over and over!

    You could consider forgiveness as a spiritual practice. That's how I embraced it.

    The sages say that keeping anger festering against someone or something only hurts yourself. It doesn't hurt the other person.

    Self-forgiveness too!

    My own forgiveness practice has helped me forgive myself for many things. I've become easier on myself.

    We all have that inner critic who is "our own worst enemy." Well, if you practice forgiveness, it's easier to shut that mean inner voice down. :)

    The benefit of equanimity.

    Something else good comes out of this practice - you are better able to let go of things and people, and situations that rankle you.

    You develop more of a sense of equanimity, easiness and calm about life. You can take the ups and downs with a bit more of an emotional cushion.

    We all want to feel calmer, more peaceful. We all want to find happiness and joy.

    If you do, then start within. Cultivate your thinking and your attitudes, just like you are planting seeds.

    These practices are NOT easy, for sure.

    They take years, and even lifetimes!

    But they can make you a far more pleasant, positive and happy person.

    And then career success comes more easily. You become a person whom others want to be around. A person who is respected. A person who radiates an energy that helps others feel good.

    I don't know about you, but that's where I aspire.

    If you want to change the world, then you have to work within as well as without.

    I totally believe that positive emotions within help bring about positive situations.

    And this practice has certainly worked for me!

    BOTTOM LINE: You CAN Control Your Mindset - and Impact Your Life AND Your Results!

    What has been YOUR experience with mindset practices? What's worked for you? I'd love to know!

    Would you like more posts like this one - it's a bit out of the box for fundraising?


    The post Mindset: How Your Thinking Impacts Your Fundraising and Your Life appeared first on Fired-Up Fundraising with Gail Perry.

    Source: Fired-Up Fundraising with Gail Perry
  • With Another New Show, Steve Harvey Is Smiling As Fast As He Can
    Thursday Jun 8, 2017

    Harvey, 60, is poised to keep smiling in at least three shows in network prime-time this summer, including a new one premiering this coming Sunday night on ABC.

    Source: Media Post: Television News Daily
  • With Another New Show, Steve Harvey Is Smiling As Fast As He Can
    Thursday Jun 8, 2017

    Harvey, 60, is poised to keep smiling in at least three shows in network prime-time this summer, including a new one premiering this coming Sunday night on ABC.

    Source: Media Post: TVBlog
  • No More Crisis Mode Fundraising
    By Gail Perry - Friday May 19, 2017

    It's fundraising planning season.

    And many smart fundraisers often step back in the summer months (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) when things are slower.

    It's a time when you can (hopefully) move out of the daily grind and take stock. And get organized for the coming year.

    Your own organization's fundraising planning really can transform your fundraising results. It can save your butt too! :)

    To help you, I've created a new program - my Highly Profitable Fundraising Plan Toolkit.

    If you use the Toolkit to create a Smart Fundraising Plan, you'll enjoy these lovely benefits:

    1. You can stay out of crisis mode.

    A good fundraising plan lets you work smoothly and coolly.

    You - and your team - can keep your heads as you work your plan methodically.

    It just makes life flow easier.

    It lets you breathe.

    • Otherwise, you may end up in crisis after crisis, wallowing and hoping that something will pan out successfully.

    2. You know where to focus your time and energy.

    How do you know how to deploy your scarce resources of time and money?

    You’ve got to have a guide – before you start – of what you are going to do when – and what results you expect to create.

    If you have a calendar, a timetable, agreed-upon strategies --- then you can “work your plan."

    This takes the guessing game out of fundraising.

    • Otherwise – you’ll waste your good resources of time, energy and funding. And you won't get the results you want.

    3. You can control the flow of work in your office.

    With a good plan, you can time your major fundraising programs so they don’t overlap each other.

    You can make sure that the gala is not happening at the same time as your annual appeal.

    Or that your major donor event doesn’t overlap with an important conference.

    You have the time to plan ahead so that each fundraising strategy can get done with excellence (and without crisis.)

    • Otherwise: havoc may reign in your office.

    4. You can shift from reactive to proactive.

    Fundraising planning also keeps you from being buffeted around by what's happening around you.

    You don’t have be REACTING all the time.  Instead, you are PROACTIVE.

    You have everything in place so that your plan is effective, efficient and will bring in the donors and the money you need.

    Whew. I can just feel everybody around you relaxing.

    • Otherwise, rush around, lose sleep, create tension, and lose your quality of life.

    5.  You can build confidence in your fundraising program.

    When people above you have confidence in you and your plan, they will leave you alone and let you do your work.

    And they will smile when they see you because you are exuding confidence.

    Enough said.

    • Otherwise, if they don't have confidence in you, they will meddle with your plans and your program. They'll institute weird metrics to measure you by. Don't let this happen to you.

    6. You will raise tons more money.

    Clearly, a solid, thoughtful fundraising planning process will help you raise more money.

    You have time to do the work required to court major donors.

    And you'll be organized to plan a profitable gala, to develop a sequenced year-end fundraising campaign, and to get your web site working smoothly.

    You even have time to take a vacation or two.

    BOTTOM LINE: Fundraising Planning Will Create Sanity.

    So create that Plan. Use my Toolkit to make it happen. 

    It will protect you and it will make your life smoother and happier.

    And you'll raise a lot more money!


    The post No More Crisis Mode Fundraising appeared first on Fired-Up Fundraising with Gail Perry.

    Source: Fired-Up Fundraising with Gail Perry
  • Fit City: Taking Night-Life Cue, Gyms Lower the Lights
    By TATIANA BONCOMPAGNI - Tuesday Jun 13, 2017

    Cycling, boxing and running studios, as well as some full-service gyms, are using sophisticated lighting systems to heighten the exercise experience.

    Source: NYT > Home Page
  • The Small Business Report, January 3, 2017
    By (Compass Media Networks) - Tuesday Jan 3, 2017

    Businesses to launch in 2017; and how small, rural colleges are trying to save themselves by pumping investments into their small towns.

    Source: The Wall Street Journal: Wall Street Journal on Small Business
  • Rinse raises $14M in Series B funding to bring its laundry pick-up nationwide
    By Fitz Tepper - Wednesday Jun 21, 2017

     Rinse, the San Francisco-based dry cleaning and laundry delivery service, has closed a $14M Series B round of funding. This comes after a $6M Series A last year, meaning the startup has now raised about $23.5M in three rounds. The round is being led by Partech Ventures, with participation from existing investors including Javelin Ventures, Arena Ventures, Accelerator Ventures, and… Read More

    Source: TechCrunch