The jury’s in

Well, the Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) is over for another year, it’s 33rd. And despite the economy – or just maybe because of it – it broke every record from previous years. More than 60,000 people attended over the 11 days of the...

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Could merging help your organization?

Earlier in my career, I was part of a rather large agency that merged with another to create a new entity.  The rationale for the merger was that:  both organizations had similar missions, i.e. programs serving children and families, one entity would be...

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Scenes from a film festival

I am privileged to be a judge for the Independent Shorts Awards for the Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF) this year. This is the 33rd festival and, as anyone who has gone knows, it is a fabulous event for the city, as it grows each year. Two...

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3…2…1…Blastoff!

As I reported last month, the foundation is pleased to join with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Center for Creative Leadership to support 30 community and public health fellows in the Ladder to Leadership program.  The initiative is geared to...

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Home Grown Food

Lately I have been reflecting on the following points related to the topic of the locally grown foods: As a region we spend $7,000,000,000 a year on food. Yes! 7 BILLION dollars yet less than 1% of that goes to local farmers and producers Local food...

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Using Twitter to advance your mission

What is Twitter? …and how does it relate to the nonprofit/philanthropic community? This week I’m posting some basics about Twitter, what it is and how I am using it. Next week I’ll post information about how I see Twitter benefiting the...

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The disease of nostalgia

On Feb. 24 at the Idea Center, Mohsin Hamid, a Pakistani writer and 2008 winner of an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, came back to Cleveland to speak on "Literature, Pakistan and 'The West.'" The lecture was part of the annual series co-sponsored by the Cleveland...

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