PayPal is coming to Israel, reported Haaretz on September 13th. While this is great news for those individuals buying up those priceless items on eBay, nonprofits should be a little less enthusiastic.
What we in the nonprofit world need to realize is that the problems with the dollar are much larger than the USD/NIS rate of exchange. Changes in the dollar affect the world – Israel is just one of many. The Bank of Israel’s moves to buy dollars might be helping a little and the in the short term stemming the decline of the greenback, but Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer is similar to David trying to fight Goliath armed with only a rubber band. Many argue that the problems of the US dollar are larger in scope and strength than anything that Fischer can throw at it.
I came across this article from Guidestar (reprinted from Opportunityknocks.org). Actually, the full title is “Stories of Smart (and not-so-smart) Grantmaking in a Tough Economy.” This article is a great example of short and sweet. The author, a fundraising consultant with more than 20 years of experience, shares three stories from clients. The questions in each story are the kind of questions that nonprofits are asking every day; each with a different lesson.
After months of ridiculing twitter about its uselessness, I realize it may be the perfect solution for when I want to share an observation or piece of news but can’t write a blog post right away. Twitter, also known as microblogging, only allows for posts up to 140 characters. It’s possible that I’ll follow up with an expanded blog post, but sometimes the Twitter update will speak for itself.