Category: Social Service

An Idea for a Self-sustaining Nonprofit

As reported by the Fargo Monthly, an interesting idea for creating a business that will provide total support for a nonprofit enterprise. Local Surgeon Builds 100 Percent Self-Sufficient Nonprofit, The JTG Foundation by Andrew Jason on Nov 22, 2016 Not settled with just giving…

Good News for a Change

“For the entire history of the human species until the 1960s, a majority of adults were illiterate. Now 85 percent of adults worldwide are literate and the share is rising,” Nicholas Kristof notes in a September 22 New York Times op-ed, The Best News…

Advocacy and Policymaker Pressures

The summer 2016 issue of Educational Leadership, published by ASCD, contains an article with useful guidelines for advocates seeking to influence policy at local, state, and national levels. In “What It Takes to Get a Policymaker’s Attention,” Celine Coggins describes the three “central pressures”…

A Resolution That Sees Beyond the Self

In her January 14 column, Lonnae O’Neal suggests that, for this new year, we resolve to be mindful of others — and act on that awareness consistently, responsibly, and respectfully. Must the poor lose privacy before we give? by Lonnae O’Neal, wapo.st/lonnae I had…

The Power of Singing, part 2

  Here is an update from Colby Itkowitz on the Atlanta Homeward Choir’s trip to Washington, DC, where they sang at the Lincoln Memorial and at the White House. Itkowitz writes: “Suddenly these men, who for most of their days feel invisible, were seen.”…

The Power of Singing

“It fosters a strong sense of community and a sense of hope … a sense of a life beyond where I am now.” An inspiring day-after-Thanksgiving story about the Atlanta Homeward Choir by Colby Itkowitz of the Washington Post. A carol from the homeless:…

(Re) Introducing Key Words

Friends and colleagues, after a great ten-year run at the Center for Applied Linguistics, I am moving on to new challenges and new adventures. Over the summer I will be transitioning from staff to consultant status, and by autumn I will once again be…