Research on the Healing Power of Yoga, Part 2

Posted by on Mar 16, 2013 in domestic abuse, evaluation, nonproft, Uncategorized, yoga |

A while back I posted about a research project examining whether yoga could benefit domestic violence survivors.   At that time, the research design had not yet been finalized.  I can now report back on the study and preliminary findings. The Domestic Abuse Project, in collaboration with Cari Clark, ScD, a faculty member at the University of MN Medical School, engaged in a feasibility study to determine whether “trauma sensitive yoga” could be...

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Thoughts on an Innovative Approach to Grantmaking

Posted by on Nov 29, 2012 in community engagement, foundations, grantwriting, nonproft, philanthropy, Uncategorized |

Through my work, I help nonprofits seek and secure funding, often from private foundations.  It’s a challenging process, for many reasons.  Most important, there is not enough money to go around.  Tough choices have to be made.   In order to make those tough choices most effectively, foundations sometimes experiment with new approaches to philanthropy. I mentioned in any earlier post that I had participated in a novel process called the Connect...

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A View from the Grant Reviewing Trenches

Posted by on Nov 6, 2012 in foundations, grantwriting, nonproft, philanthropy, Uncategorized |

This is a follow up to my last blog post where I discussed the Connect for Health Challenge.  As a citizen reviewer, I read and rated hundreds of online grant proposals.  It was quite educational.  I’d like to share with you a few of my impressions of what made a good proposal and what didn’t.  In the plus column, I liked proposals that: Presented a solid idea (which should go without saying) Explained ideas in context (such as history and...

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Community Groups Rise to the Challenge

Posted by on Oct 19, 2012 in community engagement, foundations, health disparities, nonproft, philanthropy, social connections, Uncategorized |

Earlier this year I served as a “citizen reviewer” for the Connect for Health Challenge.  The Connect for Health Challenge brought together Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation and InCommons, an initiative of the Bush Foundation, to fund projects that aimed to improve health by fostering social connections (an issue I’ve discussed in previous posts).The Challenge’s grant review process was not typical.  A typical grant review process...

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Moving Forward Together: More on Community Connections

Posted by on May 15, 2012 in community engagement, foundations, health disparities, multicultural, nonproft, public health, social connections, Uncategorized | 1 comment

I’ve been thinking about the relationship between social connections, well-being and health lately. In my last post, I wrote about Anne Fadiman’s presentation about the clash between Hmong culture and the Western medical system.  In her talk, Anne spoke of certain attributes of traditional Hmong culture (many of which endure in the focus on families and clans; traditional rituals; group identity and mutual assistance; and respect...

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Adios to the Resource Center of the Americas: A Nonprofit that Connected People and Cultures

Posted by on May 3, 2012 in immigration, multicultural, nonproft |

Tile mural on the side of Resource Center It’s sad when a good organization can not make it.  The Resource Center of the Americas (more recently La Conexion de las Americas) was a part of my life and I’ll miss it.  According to its official announcement, it no longer had the “financial and leadership resources” to continue.  I don’t know much more than that.  What I do know is that it did many worthwhile things on what I assume was...

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