Category Archives: Inspiring Organizations

A story of a woman who gained secure land rights

One, a grassroots advocacy and campaigning organization working on poverty issues, recently featured a blog post by Tim Hanstad, the CEO of Landesa, where I work. This article is such a great explanation of how land ownership has the incredible power … Continue reading

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Peer Health Education in Malawi

I saw this video of Kumbukani, a Malawian girl who got pregnant after she dropped out of school and later decided to go back to school and be a peer educator. I’m always inspired by efforts to help girls in developing countries … Continue reading

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Some answers to the complex poverty question?

Here’s a great article in the New York Times which reviews a book, “Why Nations Fail,” written by Daron Acemoglu, a Turkish M.I.T. professor, who is on a serious rise to fame in his career as an economist. Why is this … Continue reading

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Women’s Funding Alliance

I was recently asked to be part of a grants committee for the Women’s Funding Alliance (WFA). This foundation invests in Puget Sound area nonprofits which focus on health, justice, and opportunity for women in Washington State. So, in the midst … Continue reading

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Great news!

I got a job at Landesa! I’ll be working with the communications team, helping them share the mission and stories of the organization with the world! I get to do stuff like storytelling, blogging, and website content development. I am … Continue reading

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Getting a Grand for an Awesome Project

What if you want to do a small-scale project in the community and you need some money to make it happen? You could take 15 minutes (really, the application is very brief) to apply for a grant from the Awesome … Continue reading

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Penny Harvest: A Way to Cultivate a Generation of Youth Philanthropists

If you took a peek one afternoon in a Pinehurst K-8 School classroom in Seattle, you’d notice several 3rd or 4th graders in a group talking animatedly and gesturing towards several large pieces of flipchart paper with lists of organizations … Continue reading

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Westside Baby: Providing Essential Items to Families in Need

I sat down to tea with Jolyn Mason, Development Director of Westside Baby, a nonprofit organization that gathers used items, such as clothing, bedding, toys, and equipment for children and babies, and distributes them to social services assisting low-income families … Continue reading

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Youth Philanthropist Jessica Markowitz, Founder of Richard’s Rwanda IMPUHWE

IMPUHWE means “compassion” in Kinyarwanda, the official language of Rwanda.  That is exactly what compelled Jessica Markowitz at the ripe age of 11 years young, to start Richard’s Rwanda, an organization providing financial support for the education of young Rwandan girls, … Continue reading

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Eulogy By a Young Person

My sixteen-year-old niece blew me away this weekend. She had worked very hard to prepare some words for her mother’s memorial service but decided at the last minute to ditch her written speech. Visibly moved by all the stories people … Continue reading

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