Tuesday, May 29, 2012

How to Find God in the Window Glass: An Artist's Story

Dawn over the Sea of Cortez, Mexico

Hearing and listening to the wee small voice... 

One evening in 1967, I had the privilege of being a dinner guest in the Los Angeles home of a fairly well known artist and his wife, whom I’ll call Michael and Angela. It was a fabulous event. The rest of the guests and I were not only treated to a sumptuous meal but we were allowed to preview some of this artist’s freshest works. (Most of those works have since been sold to collectors or have been placed in some of the world’s finest museums.)
During the course of the evening, Michael related the following story, slightly paraphrased and edited for here style and content, with his permission:

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Memorial Day 2012

We remember and we salute you...

A grand Memorial Day to us all...

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Sailors Will Be Sailors... Kiss, Kiss Hard, Kiss Now!!!

So, what's all the hubbub? People love, people kiss. Who cares? Right?

Equality for all.... NOW!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Service: The Heart of Faith

It's simple, it's clear, it's spot on...   

Matthew 22:36-40

 "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."

Love is not simply a feeling; it's action. 

Monday, May 7, 2012

Communicating? Doing It Well? Let's See...

Here's a powerful little article about the way you talk to your clients, your colleagues, your donors, your kids...

Hey, Media: Quit Yelling At Me! Or Else...

Allow me a bit of rant this morning...

I have decided not to buy any product or patronize any business that airs a commercial which is much louder than the program I'm watching on TV or online.

If you yell at me, thinking your noise will make me like you or your gimmick better, you will lose me.

So, keep it on the down low. Or kiss my money good-bye!

Follow-up since original post: 

Canada steps up to cut down on commercial noise...

Friday, May 4, 2012

How Video Can Take Your Cause to the Stratosphere...Fast! (Guest Article)

(Published on Pamela's Grantwriting Blog

How to Tell Your Nonprofit’s Story With Video

By Christopher Davenport

A video transports your donor to the heart of your cause.

Through visual storytelling, you can connect with your donor’s values and touch their heart.  How much money do you think would have been raised for Haiti had the news NOT shown the devastation and how the earthquake had affected lives?

Because of visual storytelling, over $150 Million dollars in donations was raised within the first four days of the earthquake! All this money was donated in a time when our economy was in the tank and unemployment was at 10%.  Providing a way to immerse your donors in your cause and have them feel connected is priceless.

Equipped with a powerful video, your board members and volunteers will have an easier time connecting on a deeper level with donors…in a way that’s quick and consistent every time.

There are powerful videos and weak videos. So, how can you make sure your video is powerful and truly engages your donors?

Here are three rules you can’t afford to violate when crafting your own video:


About Christopher Davenport:

Drawing on over 20 years of experience producing documentaries, commercials and films for private investors and corporations, Christopher uses his storytelling skills to help non-profits find and tell their most compelling stories for maximum donations.  He is the owner of 501 Videos, LLC and produces a free weekly video series titled “Movie Mondays for Fundraising Professionals”. The free video series is for anyone in the nonprofit community who’d like to watch how other nonprofit professionals handle and overcome the many challenges to fundraising. For more information on Movie Mondays and to see a sample movie, go here.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Abundance Is Just A Flip Cam (Or A Sony Bloggie) Away!!!

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice.  
Meister Eckhart