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Nov 16, 2009

Saving the World By Lowering Your Expectations

Impatient optimists are like investors in subprime mortgages in 2007. They can be so blinded by the upside that they fail to do their due diligence. In the end, their impatience and pursuit of outsize returns fuels waste and disappointment. Patient optimists, by contrast, have lowered their expectations of any particular program or intervention, but not their belief in a better world over the long term. If we’re going to succeed in making the world a better place, we need to convince more people to lower their expectations, too.

Nov 09, 2009

Social Networking and Mid-Size Nonprofits: What’s the Use?

A survey on the use of social networking by mid-sized nonprofits conducted by Philanthropy Action between June 2008 and March 2009 shows that more than 70 percent of respondents had raised less than $100 or did not know whether they had raised any money. The figures for attracting volunteers were not much better.