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National Center for Families Learning – #GivingTuesday

by · November 5, 2013

As a parent and education advocate, I believe the family is vital for a child’s educational success. That’s why I became involved with the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL).

They see families as a critical part of every child’s education. Even better, they help families become hotspots for learning. From the classroom to the dinner table, NCFL’s programs help parents and children move from where they are to where they want to be. I love this approach because I know that while my kid’s schools play an important part, what we do at home to continue their learning is equally important.


Be A Part Of Something Special Today

by · November 1, 2013

The picture here is me and my son, Grant, watching Game 6 of the World Series this week. We were pulling for Boston but weren’t just couch potato-ing like many probably were Wednesday night. We were practicing scoring a baseball game.

Being a good baseball scorekeeper is something of a bit of pride for me. I never made it as an athlete, but I was one of the 4-5 official scorekeepers for the Birmingham Barons AA baseball team for four years. Being a baseball fan and enthusiast, I firmly believe that I’d be a horrible parent if I didn’t teach my children — Katie, age 5, is next — to keep score properly.

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Room to Read – #GivingTuesday

by · May 28, 2013

I first heard Room to Read‘s founder John Wood speak years ago at Blackbaud’s Conference for Nonprofits. As a burned out Microsoft executive, John went on a trek through Nepal. While there, he happened to visit a school.

And the rest is history.

The conditions of the school were horrible. Worse, the only books they had were cast offs from backpackers, including a Danielle Steele romance novel and a Lonely Planet Guide to Mongolia.


Lend #GivingTuesday Support for Embracing Hope Ethiopia

by · January 8, 2013

I’m honored to be working with the SME team and C.C. Chapman on this 2013 #GivingTuesday initiative!

As a fundraising coach, I work with nonprofits around the world. One of the most remarkable I’ve come across is Embracing Hope Ethiopia. It is a remarkable organization that runs two licensed daycares, helps single mothers get jobs and giving micro-grants to entrepreneurs, and helps families get education.

The idea for Embracing Hope Ethiopia began while Jerry and Christy Shannon were adopting a child from Ethiopia. A year after adopting their daughter, they moved their entire family to Addis Ababa to live in the Korah slum, a community founded as a leper colony and home to the largest dump in Addis Ababa.


How You Can Help End Cyber Bullying

by · October 15, 2010

“Who did you help today?”

It is simple question, one that inspires empathy, encourages us to think beyond ourselves, and when answered demonstrates the true power the web holds.

For most of us, social media has changed our lives in some meaningful way because we were helped by someone. Collectively social media is changing the world for good because it demands and rewards individuals and communities who work feverishly to answer this question.
I want to turn our attention and conversation toward a community that desperately needs our help – bullied students.


Tackling America’s Literacy Problem From A Better Direction

by · October 4, 2010

Our education system is broken. We’ve become a society that ships our kids off to school and leaves the education up to the teachers. While the teachers do as good a job as can be expected, they aren’t the one-stop solution to educating our children. We need more than schools and teachers. We need to all be participants in education for our communities and our country to succeed.

In early 2008, I began working with the National Center for Family Literacy when they became a client of my former agency, Doe-Anderson. We helped formulate their early social media efforts and spearheaded a handful of digital strategies to help the organization move forward. (They’re still a client of Doe-Anderson, who continues to do excellent work.)