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After Haiyan: Skip The SWEDOW, Help Usefully

Boxes filled with Santa costumes, 4-inch high heels, and cocktail dresses landed in tsunami-affected areas. In some places, open tubes of Neosporin, Preparation H, and Viagra showed up. The aid community has coined a term for these items that get shipped from people’s closets and medicine cabinets as SWEDOW—Stuff We Don’t Want. From “Please Don’t …

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Data Hygiene: It Does A Growing Org Good

Tell me if you recognize this scenario: your nonprofit’s finally got legs, the membership is growing, your community visibility is up, the media’s paying attention, you have a steady revenue stream–your effort is finally bearing fruit! But for all the influx of people and volunteer hours, you’re not yet at the point where your financials …

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Music, Memory, Doing The Right Thing

Early this summer, I watched residents from Sunrise Senior Living present a choral performance organized by the Levine School of Music. The choir was made up of people like my friend Miz N., all residents of Sunrise with varying levels of medical, physical, or mental disability. Clearly, I wasn’t expecting a Carnegie Hall-worthy performance from …

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