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Stretching Organizational Mission to Increase Community Impact

Sustained business growth and success requires strategic risk-taking. Companies look to expand their markets, products, and customer base to remain relevant and profitable. They are forward and progressive in their outlook and strategy. That’s what corporate “Research and Development” is about a strategy and effort to remain on the cutting edge of knowledge relating to …

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There is Nothing “Non-Profit” About Non-Profit Organizations

In 2006 I founded and continue to run Music For Everyone, a “non-profit” organization with amission to cultivate the power of music as an educational and community-building tool inLancaster County, PA. Given that I had no previous experience in this world, my learning curveover the past 18 years has been long and steep. The most …

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Music: The Community Impact Tool that Keeps on Giving

As the founder and executive director of a music related Community Benefit Organization (CBO), I constantly think of how to more effectively leverage the power and potential of music to impact lives and exert positive community impact. After almost eighteen years of leading MFE, I have come to appreciate that when it comes to potential …

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THE “BLACK PROBLEM”

“The way to right wrongs is to shine the light of truth upon them.”  —Ida B. Wells-Barnett Is systemic racism in our nation only a “Black problem?”  Some believe so. Politicians, social scientists, and pundits often couch the challenges racism presents in terms of “What is America going to do about its ‘Black problem?”’ Before …

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LIFE LESSONS FROM PAINTING: YOUR SELF PORTRAIT IS NEVER FINISHED

In 2017, I began taking painting lessons. It has been fascinating, exhilarating, challenging, and, more than anything, educational. I have a wonderful teacher. She’s encouraging and inspiring with a real sense of and ability to make the connections between painting and life. While having a competent teacher is vitally important, there are also lessons that …

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REPLACEMENT THEORY

““My father was a slave, and my people died to build this country, and I am going to stay here and have a part of it just like you.” — Paul Robeson A disturbingly prevalent pretext developing among White nationalists is the “The Replacement Theory,” which argues that nonwhite immigrants are being imported (sometimes the …

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A SPARK OF CREATIVITY AS THE ORIGINAL SEED OF ALL HUMAN ADVANCEMENT

In our increasingly fast-paced, interconnected global economy and world community, every issue we face is becoming more complex. Whether these issues are local or global, whether they relate to health care, the environment, governance, poverty, science, technology, or international relations, the challenges we face in this increasingly interconnected and multilayered world are becoming more complicated. …

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