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Rodney Smith is a passionate leader with integrity and a strong work ethic utilizing a superior skill set made up of over 26 years of experience in the non-profit industry.Rodney joined the financial planning industry and works with with donors, corporate giving, family foundations, and charitable divisions and helping clients leave a legacy, protect their estate, and enlighten clients regarding their asset protection and charitable giving options.
As a former 3-year starter for one of the premier college football programs in the country, the Nebraska Cornhuskers, under legendary coach Tom Osborne, and his short stint with the NFL under coaches Mike Shannahan and Marty Schottenheimer, Rodney has learned the discipline, dedication and structure necessary to succeed. His leadership in the non-profit industry has allowed two of the organizations he founded to serve over 160,000 at-risk children and over 6,500 military children and families of the fallen, wounded & deployed.Find him at www.theartofcharitablegiving.com
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He lectures around the world but now is here for you. From the latest in charity news, technology, fundraising and social networking, Ted Hart and his guests help you maneuver to greater levels of efficiency and fundraising success. ON THIS SHOW learn the latest from The Atlas of Giving's 2015 Mid-Year Report on US Charitable Giving PAGE 2 GUEST EXPERT: Robert (Rob) D. Mitchell III has invested his 32+ year career in the non-profit world as a fundraising practitioner, nonprofit executive, consultant, and now leading two businesses that provide products and services to charities and churches. Mr. Mitchell is currently CEO of Atlas of Giving, LLC and Philanthromax LLC. Philanthromax uses proven techniques from American business to create more financial fuel and greater efficiencies for nonprofits. Atlas of Giving LLC is pioneering a major innovation for nonprofits. The Atlas of Giving™ measures, analyzes, and forecasts US giving monthly by sector, by source, and by state.
Adebukola Ajao is an undergraduate senior studying Political Science and Africana Studies at Emmanuel College in Boston. As the co-founder of We Are the Ones, a coalition of young people, she strives to create positive social change in communities of color. She was recently appointed as commissioner for the National African American Reparations Commission where she researches reparatory justice. She is also a blogger for Huffington Post Black Voices and has writing forthcoming in the Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy.
CHECK OUT THE HARDEST HITTING SHOW IN POLITICAL TALK TODAY! On this episode, we'll be discussing political events of the day, materialism, volunteering & charitable gifting, plus our "Douche Nugget of the Week" with Jim Finch,
In this episode of Giving Voice to Your Courage, I'll be speaking with Theo Pauline Nestor, author of Writing is my Drink (A Writer's Story of Finding Her Voice and How You Can Too.) about the lessons of courage and how they can be applied to everyday living.
Theo Pauline Nestor is the author of Writing Is My Drink: A Writer’s Story of Finding Her Voice (And a Guide to How You Can Too) (Simon & Schuster, 2013) and How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed: A Memoir of Starting Over (Crown, 2008), which was selected by Kirkus Reviews as a 2008 Top Pick for Reading Groups and as a Target “Breakout Book.” She holds and MA in English Literature from San Francisco State University and an MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from the University of Washington. Nestor also produces events for writers such as the Wild Mountain Memoir Retreat, Bird by Bird & Beyond, and the Black Mesa Writers’ Intensive, featuring talks by literary leaders such as Anne Lamott, Cheryl Strayed, Julia Cameron, and Natalie Goldberg.
In this episode of Giving Voice to Your Courage, I'll be interviewing Ernie Boxall who is penning his book about his visit to Israel. We'll be discussing some of the lessons of courage he experienced and how they've transformed him as well as impacted his ability to live courageously and what it means for writing a memoir.
Dorit Sasson of Giving Voice to Your Courage, interviews Bob Walicki, a Pittsburgh based poet and the curator of VERSIFY, a monthly reading series in Pittsburgh, on the role courage has taken him from challenging the traditional roles of what it means to be a sensitive man in a field that looks on his poetic sensitivity as a weakness.
His work has appeared in HEArt, Stone Highway Review, Uppagus, The Kentucky Review,Grasslimb, and on the radio show Prosody. He won 1st runner up in the 2013 Finishing Line Open Chapbook Competition and was awarded finalist in the 2013 Concrete Wolf Chapbook Competition. He currently has two chapbooks published: A Room Full of Trees (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014) and The Almost Sound of Snow Falling (Night Ballet Press, 2015). He lives in Verona, PA with his wife, Lynne, and two cats.
Bob Walicki has worked for years in the construction industry and as a plumber. As a poet, he's been the target of prejudices because he didn't fit into those traditional roles. Often he has to hide being a poet in the building trades industry though he says, "recently it's been liberating to write about those experiences in my new chapbook, "The Almost Sound of Snow Falling."
How many times have we heard ourselves, our friends, or our kids' grandparents complain that children have too many things and don't appreciate any of it? We all enjoy doing things for children - buying them something special, taking them on a fun outing, throwing a great birthday party. But at the same time, many of us fear that without some balance, most children will grow up thinking only of themselves. This observation is what led Carol Weisman, MSW, CSP, MOM, to write "Raising Charitable Children." In this book, Weisman shares real-life stories collected from allover the world of how parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers, scout leaders, friends, next door neighbors, and her own family have either initiated or supported ways to teach children how to give back to those in need. But she doesn't stop there. After each of the stories, Weisman offers specific steps to help anyone translate these ideas into action. In this way, she turns what might have been just a lot of wonderful stories into a set of practical maps or models anyone can use to start making a difference now.
Carol is president of Board Builders, is an internationally known speaker, author, trainer and consultant. Carol won a Telly Award for her PBS special "Building a Board with a Passion for Mission." She is still trying to figure out how to mount her award on her car. Carol works closely with The Chronicle of Philanthropy doing a blog on fundraising, webinars and an advice column. When not speaking, writing and traveling, she works out with a group of plus-sized runners called "The Chaffing Dishes."
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In this episode of Giving Voice to Your Courage, Dorit Sasson interviews Pamela Olson, memoirist of Fast Times in Palestine..."a moving, inspiring account of life in Palestine that's enormously informative yet reads like a novel... Part adventure story, part searing reportage, part love story."
Pamela's story could just be any Westerner's story, even mine.
My relationship with understanding the life in the Middle East was also informed by headlines and stereotypes.
On this episode, we'll talk about the courage it took for Pamela to break free from these stereotypes and to connect with the reality she was thrown into.
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In this interview, I'll be interviewing J.A. Wright author of the novel How to Grow an Addict, which mirrors a lot of Wright's life story growing up as full blown drug addict by the time she hit age 26.
Listen to this immensely powerful interview with an author who was able to change her attitude and life before drugs took her life way and how she was able to give voice to her compelling story.
In this episosde of Giving Voice to Your Courage, I'll be interviewing Karen Lee Elizabeth, author of the memoir, The Full Catastrophe about the courage it took to live through an abusive marriage and to subsequently, write about it.
This book conveys Karen's story, a woman who overcame serious adversity of an 'invisible' kind and was able to not only to recover but also to gain from the ordeal. Through the lines of this book, her authentic voice emerges - conveying unutterable suffering, her resilience and her inspirational transformation. A unique document of the indomitable human spirit."
Renos K Papadopoulos, PhD., Jungian Analyst, Professor and Director: Centre for Trauma, Asylum and Refugees,University of Essex. Honorary Clinical Psychologist and Systemic Psychotherapist: The Tavistock Clinic, London.
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Since 2005, Linda Kelly has served as president of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, the community foundation for the 29-town Greater Hartford region, and one of the oldest and largest of the approximately 700 community foundations in the country. Established in 1925, and now with more than 1,000 funds, the Hartford Foundation ended 2014 with approximately $930 million in endowment assets, and made 1,997 grants totaling $32.5 million over the course of the year.
Linda Kelly is also a board member of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy and the MetroHartford Alliance (Hartford’s Chamber of Commerce and the region’s economic development leader) and is past chair of the Connecticut Network of Community Foundations. She recently served on the Audit Committee and Community Foundation Leadership Team at the Council on Foundations, a national association of grantmaking foundations and corporations. She has spent decades serving a variety of nonprofit and civic organizations in the Greater Hartford area, often in a leadership position.
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