Writing For Good
Stories, thoughts, and tidbits from the fight to help change the worlds most important organizations for the better
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Feedback can be an effective tool to help you raise money to address problems and make improvements.
Blake Kohler - 9/23/2021

In any nonprofit, there is a need to raise money perpetually. Most successful nonprofits are always on the lookout for new ways to raise money more effectively and balance the need to provide quality services. Naturally, this need to balance tasks leads to tension as you can't spend all your time raising money or giving services. This tension means that whenever you can make either of those tasks…

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The images of Afghans' overwhelming airports and other emergency departure areas are heartbreaking. While nonprofits are doing everything they can to meet the Afghans' needs, they need all of our help.
Blake Kohler - 8/24/2021

As the Taliban continue their march across Afghanistan, more than a half-million Afghans have fled their homes, fearing the reinstation of fundamentalist Islamic rule. Maybe fear the retribution of working with or for the U.S. Government. Nations worldwide are opening their doors to take in these refugees, but their need is still dire. Nonprofit groups are stepping up to try and help handle the…

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Forgetting certain things can help you build a more productive future. Here are four things to forget to help you 'be a goldfish' in your feedback process.
Blake Kohler - 8/17/2021

In the hit HBO series Ted Lasso, the title character Ted Lasso hands out some delightful wisdom as the head coach of a soccer team to one of his players named Sam. The exchange goes something like this: "Do you know what the happiest animal on earth is? It's a goldfish. You know why?" - Ted "No". - Sam "It's got a ten-second memory. Be a goldfish, Sam." - Ted (It's much better watched: https://www…

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We know most people won't sabotage their feedback process on purpose - but some do it accidentally and habitually. This list contains the three most common ways we see well-intentioned organizations ruin their feedback loop.
Blake Kohler - 8/10/2021

Getting feedback can be challenging. Utilizing feedback can be even more difficult, but you virtually guarantee that your feedback process will fail when adding self-sabotage to your operation. We know most people won't sabotage their feedback process on purpose - but some do it accidentally and habitually. This list contains the three most common ways we see well-intentioned organizations ruin…

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Feedback, especially negative feedback, can be incredibly painful but also critical to help you grow.
Blake Kohler - 8/3/2021

Anyone who's ever sat in a feedback session knows how painful negative feedback can be, whether this feedback is coming from a boss, a coworker, a customer, or just somebody off the street. Feedback, especially negative feedback, can be incredibly painful but also critical to help you grow. Feedback is one of those tools that can cut in both directions. We gather feedback to improve but…

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Three quick examples of technology that can improve your life by doing the work for you.
Blake Kohler - 7/20/2021

I haven't vacuumed my house in months. As anyone who has little children can testify that floors can get messy in a hurry. Dirt, fruit snacks, hair, all sort of garbage can clutter your living area in a matter of hours minutes seconds! Vacuuming my floor use to be a part of my daily routine until last Christmas when I received a robot to do the vacuuming for me. You've probably seen commercials…

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