Life as I see it: work, play and in-between.

New York City in the Late 70s and, “Lots of Zeros”
I recently discovered a snapshot of the World Trade Center from my days in New York City in the late 1970s. I suspect it was taken with an old Kodak camera. While the color has faded, I find the photograph interesting.
I wrote an article on Carolyn’s Nonprofit Blog about my brief, early work in New York City and Wall Street back then, "Lots of Zeros." It is meant to be helpful to new fundraising professionals, but it also brought to mind some happy memories. While in the City, I spent time walking through it from end-to-end over the course of several months, through the beautiful and the rough neighborhoods. I visited every single museum I found, and discovered the then-quiet (but today no longer neglected) Museum of the City of New York, and silver collections that included a few items from what I believe are my ancestors, the Ten Eycks (pre-revolutionary war).
Of course, I was so upset about 9-11. I used to walk over from work to the World Trade Center and have lunch at a terrific cafe in the basement back then. I’ll never forget those healthy, delicious fruit salads with yogurt and poppy seed dressing.
My personal donations to help with 9-11 recovery “long distance” went to The Salvation Army and to FDNY Foundation, and I have kept an eye on the 9/11 Memorial project ever since. My father has been for many years a high level volunteer for the fire department in his community, and one night in New York when a small building next to mine caught fire, I got a first-hand glimpse of how amazing the New York City Fire Department is. And I do mean amazing.

New York City in the Late 70s and, “Lots of Zeros”

I recently discovered a snapshot of the World Trade Center from my days in New York City in the late 1970s. I suspect it was taken with an old Kodak camera. While the color has faded, I find the photograph interesting.

I wrote an article on Carolyn’s Nonprofit Blog about my brief, early work in New York City and Wall Street back then, "Lots of Zeros." It is meant to be helpful to new fundraising professionals, but it also brought to mind some happy memories. While in the City, I spent time walking through it from end-to-end over the course of several months, through the beautiful and the rough neighborhoods. I visited every single museum I found, and discovered the then-quiet (but today no longer neglected) Museum of the City of New York, and silver collections that included a few items from what I believe are my ancestors, the Ten Eycks (pre-revolutionary war).

Of course, I was so upset about 9-11. I used to walk over from work to the World Trade Center and have lunch at a terrific cafe in the basement back then. I’ll never forget those healthy, delicious fruit salads with yogurt and poppy seed dressing.

My personal donations to help with 9-11 recovery “long distance” went to The Salvation Army and to FDNY Foundation, and I have kept an eye on the 9/11 Memorial project ever since. My father has been for many years a high level volunteer for the fire department in his community, and one night in New York when a small building next to mine caught fire, I got a first-hand glimpse of how amazing the New York City Fire Department is. And I do mean amazing.

Volunteering and Charitable Giving
I was delighted when a company I admire greatly - WealthEngine - wanted to re-post one of my articles on its own blog, WealthWorks. Click on the link to read the post, which contains both helpful information as well as a personal story underscoring the link between volunteering and giving.
I have been blessed to meet and work with volunteers of all walks of life during my career in the nonprofit sector. The people who inspire me most are donors who not only contribute financially, but who also take the time to work with me side-by-side in the “trenches.”
The article discusses just a few of those wonderful human beings. Be sure to follow the link provided to the original article on my WordPress blog for additional details.
Last but not least, thanks to WealthEngine for its valued partnership on several prior projects! It is a company of great integrity, and truly, a campaign “life saver.”

Volunteering and Charitable Giving

I was delighted when a company I admire greatly - WealthEngine - wanted to re-post one of my articles on its own blog, WealthWorks. Click on the link to read the post, which contains both helpful information as well as a personal story underscoring the link between volunteering and giving.

I have been blessed to meet and work with volunteers of all walks of life during my career in the nonprofit sector. The people who inspire me most are donors who not only contribute financially, but who also take the time to work with me side-by-side in the “trenches.”

The article discusses just a few of those wonderful human beings. Be sure to follow the link provided to the original article on my WordPress blog for additional details.

Last but not least, thanks to WealthEngine for its valued partnership on several prior projects! It is a company of great integrity, and truly, a campaign “life saver.”

WordPress Blog Reflections ….
… and my most-read post to date is, "Baby Boomers and Seniors are Embracing Social Media" (two pages, click on the photograph to reach page one).
As the year draws to a close, I give thanks to my readers - from Texas to Canada, from South Africa to Australia, from the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic to Japan. The site has enjoyed more than 18,000 site visits in just over one year’s time, and it is growing all the time. Thanks to everyone for the many kind comments and suggestions.
And as always, very best wishes for your fundraising success in 2013!

WordPress Blog Reflections ….

… and my most-read post to date is, "Baby Boomers and Seniors are Embracing Social Media" (two pages, click on the photograph to reach page one).

As the year draws to a close, I give thanks to my readers - from Texas to Canada, from South Africa to Australia, from the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic to Japan. The site has enjoyed more than 18,000 site visits in just over one year’s time, and it is growing all the time. Thanks to everyone for the many kind comments and suggestions.

And as always, very best wishes for your fundraising success in 2013!

Practical Planned Giving Conference ~ Rosen Shingle Creek Resort

The recent conference hosted by Crescendo Interactive at the lovely Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida was terrific. Just a few years ago, who would have thought one could market planned gifts (gifts made through a Will, estate plan, or other vehicle), for worthy charities using social media! Times have changed.

My humble contribution to the effort may be viewed on SlideShare.

The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.

President Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

On a personal note, I have always liked this quotation. Many times during my nonprofit career I have heard people say, “it can’t be done.”

But then, determined individuals and organizations do get it done.

I like that spirit.

Find more inspiring quotes at brainyquote.com.

Corpus Christi, Texas
I was recruited by a headhunter to move from Dallas to South Texas in late 1999. This Instagram is based upon a photograph taken from my former home on Corpus Christi Bay, looking toward downtown. Corpus Christi is a place of dramatic skies and weather, and while living there eleven years, I formed many warm friendships (I also did some “heavy lifting” in the fundraising department for several nonprofit organizations). Thanks to social media, I still feel like I am close by.
While based in Corpus Christi, I developed a nonprofit fundraising “resources” website to assist area nonprofit executives in their work. The site has since been refined and has found its way to WordPress, and a broader audience.
Click on the photograph to reach Fundraising Resources ~ admittedly, even I use this website because I cannot “bookmark” all those sites, nor recall all their URLs ~ hence, the site serves a dual purpose. I like being able to refer people to it, rather than spending a long time trying to explain each and every reference.

Corpus Christi, Texas

I was recruited by a headhunter to move from Dallas to South Texas in late 1999. This Instagram is based upon a photograph taken from my former home on Corpus Christi Bay, looking toward downtown. Corpus Christi is a place of dramatic skies and weather, and while living there eleven years, I formed many warm friendships (I also did some “heavy lifting” in the fundraising department for several nonprofit organizations). Thanks to social media, I still feel like I am close by.

While based in Corpus Christi, I developed a nonprofit fundraising “resources” website to assist area nonprofit executives in their work. The site has since been refined and has found its way to WordPress, and a broader audience.

Click on the photograph to reach Fundraising Resources ~ admittedly, even I use this website because I cannot “bookmark” all those sites, nor recall all their URLs ~ hence, the site serves a dual purpose. I like being able to refer people to it, rather than spending a long time trying to explain each and every reference.

Thanks for the 2011 “NTENny” Award
I was honored to receive an award in 2011 for my enthusiastic membership recruitment efforts for, NTEN: Nonprofit Technology Network (nten.org).
NTEN has been invaluable to helping me navigate the ever-changing “tech” world of nonprofit management, fundraising and communications over the past several years. In fact, NTEN is the reason I began blogging (http://carolynmappleton.wordpress.com), and for that I am truly grateful. 
To become an NTEN member, click on the photograph above. It is an investment that will repay you many times over in the months and years ahead. Thank you!

Thanks for the 2011 “NTENny” Award

I was honored to receive an award in 2011 for my enthusiastic membership recruitment efforts for, NTEN: Nonprofit Technology Network (nten.org).

NTEN has been invaluable to helping me navigate the ever-changing “tech” world of nonprofit management, fundraising and communications over the past several years. In fact, NTEN is the reason I began blogging (http://carolynmappleton.wordpress.com), and for that I am truly grateful.

To become an NTEN member, click on the photograph above. It is an investment that will repay you many times over in the months and years ahead. Thank you!

Charity Lotteries
Update:
I published this on WordPress on October 13, 2011. Prior to that, I posted an early version on the NTEN community blog (no longer in existence).
For a more recent update (2013), see Charity Lotteries, also on Tumblr.
Between Tumblr and WordPress, I have received numerous appreciative e-mails from across the world.  I am glad the post has been of interest.  I believe the times are such that more work in the lottery arena is warranted.

Charity Lotteries

Update:

I published this on WordPress on October 13, 2011. Prior to that, I posted an early version on the NTEN community blog (no longer in existence).

For a more recent update (2013), see Charity Lotteries, also on Tumblr.

Between Tumblr and WordPress, I have received numerous appreciative e-mails from across the world.  I am glad the post has been of interest.  I believe the times are such that more work in the lottery arena is warranted.