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5 Things Making Me Happy

I hope everyone is having a good Tuesday! Here’s a round-up of some things making me happy this week…. 1. Micro-finance in the U.S.A.  Small loans for entrepreneurs aren’t just in Africa. Yesterday, a New York Times article highlighted Grameen America’s program for micro-loans (plus: support groups and training) for small business people here in […]

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Thank God for Gandhi

Thank God for Mahatma Gandhi. His inspired saying, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world,” has motivated generations of volunteer, including me, to get active in shaping the world for the better.  We can envision change – a better world – and we are called to DO something about putting […]

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Time to Review!

I had some grand dreams for 2012 and today I look back to see how we’ve done! (I’ve also included some of my favorite photos from 2012 throughout the post.) Get youth involved: This is still a dream. I’ve talked to more youth and recent college graduates about their interest in social justice and international […]

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SIA partners in the US

Spirit in Action is International

Our work is in the world. Our mission is to be a “worldwide network” and sometimes, holed-up in my Spirit in Action home office in Minnesota, I forget the truly global nature of SIA. I choose to see the the wide national and international reach of SIA as a positive characteristic of our organization. We […]

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Recognizing the Value of Overhead

“Misconception No. 4: Low administrative costs are a good indicator of the quality of the organization.” So begins a post by Saundra Schimmelpfennig about misconceptions created by charity websites. Maybe you have noticed this phenomenon. Many organizations tout only 1% administrative and fundraising costs on their donation pages. One of the reasons for this is […]

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