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Self-care is not an option

Ask any fundraiser why they chose this line of work, and it's likely due to the desire to help others ... to make the community a better place. The motivation typically does not come from a desire to personally benefit from their life's work. But is all this selflessness putting a shelf life on our… Continue reading Self-care is not an option

Technical Tuesdays

Torn about #GivingTuesday

Today is Giving Tuesday, and one would think that as a fundraiser I’d be super excited about today. But I actually have a lot of mixed feelings about the concept. Much like any other holiday or celebration, you have good and bad parts about the day. So in the spirit of Technical Tuesdays here on… Continue reading Torn about #GivingTuesday

Fabulous Fridays

Fabulous Fridays: A little clowning around helps the Houston Food Bank

Photo courtesy Amy Ragan It's not a typical day at work when the circus shows up, but it was a special occurrence for employees and volunteers of the Houston Food Bank earlier this week. HFB Chief Development Officer Amy Ragan tells us about this fabulous instance of philanthropy: "Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus has a… Continue reading Fabulous Fridays: A little clowning around helps the Houston Food Bank

Just for fun

Want to Be Happier? Give More. Give Better.

Mind Wonder

Did you know that when you make a donation to charity, your brain acts in a similar way to when you are having sex or eating chocolate?

It’s true. Thanks to fMRI technology, researchers are able to see brain activity when certain acts are taken andin a study on charitable giving when people donated to a worthy cause, the midbrain region of the brain lit up. This is the area of the brain that is responsible for our cravings (food and sex) and pleasure rewards, showing the link between charitable giving and pleasure (Note: To my knowledge no study has been done looking at our brain activity when we have sex AND eat chocolate so I can’t say that giving to charity is similar to doing both at the same time. Although, I’m personally volunteering for that study in case you are a researcher who wants to…

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Welcome to the intersection of fabulous & philanthropy

When I was in high school, my career ambition was to become a teacher. Today, I’m finishing my seventh year of educational fundraising. I love that I have the chance to impact the lives of our future grown-ups, even if not as directly as my colleagues in the classroom get to experience. Throughout my professional career… Continue reading Welcome to the intersection of fabulous & philanthropy