The success of Philip Seymour Hoffman

Measuring results for many charities is tricky. Helping people grasp reality is a good start.

In 1992, I first noticed Philip Seymour Hoffman; he was playing a young student in Scent of a Woman. In the 1996 movie Twister, he added whirlwind energy as a manic storm chaser. and strongly registered with me.  

But in 1999’s Magnolia, his performance as a compassionate nurse providing palliative care to Jason Robards moved me and made me a fan. And his 2005 Oscar-winning role as author Truman Capote was unnerving.

Hostages to Fear or Agents of Hope?

Fear-based choices send us down the wrong road


Is a renewed “contagion of fear” taking hold in the charitable sector? 

There's lots to fear in current events and the economy. My RSPs are making no money, the world is in turmoil, Canada’s economic prospects have dimmed and on and on.

Blunt or presumptuous?

When elevating sights among donors, finesse is important but relationship trumps all

Recently I was at a committee table of staff and volunteers planning a capital campaign. It’s always energizing when we start to put in place the team that will change a campaign from a possibility to a reality.