Reflections on Opportunity Collaboration 2017

By | 2017-11-05T18:32:58+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Another incredible week in Mexico at Opportunity Collaboration (OC) has come and gone - and yet not gone:  Anyone who has experienced this “unconference” is forever changed by the experiences, relationships, and deep learning that is uniquely OC.  In celebration of this time with beloved kindreds, we offer our unique reflections on the week. But [...]

PEACE CORPS: A New Era of Possibility through Documentary Film

By | 2017-05-06T20:25:04+00:00 July 31st, 2017|Philanthropist Profile|

Republic of Mali, West Africa, 1993.  Twenty-three year old Alana DeJoseph followed the village midwife through the African night with only a kerosene lantern to light winding paths leading to a small, round, mud hut where a young Malian woman reclined stoically. Inexperienced, scared, and resolute, Alana did more than show up as a Peace [...]

The Unfinished Social Entrepreneur

By | 2017-07-19T22:54:29+00:00 July 19th, 2017|Fundraising|

by Natalie Lynn Rekstad, Founder & CEO, Black Fox Philanthropy Jonathan at a San Francisco Book Launch earlier this month In The Unfinished Social Entrepreneur, Jonathan Lewis does more than inspire readers to “kick injustice in the ass, twice” through social entrepreneurship; he describes his own unfolding as a social justice warrior, weaving [...]

Jacques Sebisaho, Wisdom and Warriorship by the Awful Grace of God

By | 2017-12-21T03:10:17+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|Philanthropist Profile|

Written by Natalie Lynn Rekstad Cold sweat pours over the blindfold in the sweltering Rwandan heat of midday.  Exposed throat constricted, heart beating wildly, his hands bound painfully behind the trunk of the teak tree that would be the last physical connection to his homeland, to earth.  Engulfed in darkness and weak from torture, the [...]

The Mindful Warriorship of Gretchen Ki Steidle

By | 2017-12-21T03:10:37+00:00 June 5th, 2017|Philanthropist Profile|

Written by Natalie Lynn Rekstad Raised in a conservative, nomadic military family headed by an authoritarian father with a strong sense of duty, Gretchen Ki Steidle spent her early years in a constant state of upheaval.  With the nature of a seeker, and the resiliency of a military daughter, she forged a path of exploration and [...]

Philanthropist Profile: Jim Nowak, dZi Foundation

By | 2017-12-21T03:12:01+00:00 May 8th, 2017|Philanthropist Profile|

Written by Natalie Lynn Rekstad As the youngest of five children in a family headed by a physicist father and an outnumbered mother, Jim Nowak had a boyhood rich with freedom. He used his independence to engage the world as a classroom, bringing to his education both curiosity and determination, qualities that were to be [...]

Erik Schultz of Thriive: Creating a Culture of Philanthropy in the Developing World

By | 2017-04-26T19:27:48+00:00 April 26th, 2017|Philanthropist Profile|

Written by Natalie Lynn Rekstad Erik Schultz grew up in Southern California, a first-generation Norwegian-American born into privilege as a result of his father’s successful pursuit of the American Dream.  Along with the tenacity and discipline that built their wealth, his father brought to America the deep love and reverence for nature that is a [...]

How to Find & Prioritize Qualified Grant Prospects

By | 2017-03-29T18:17:59+00:00 March 29th, 2017|Fundraising|

In our work with global NGO leaders, we’ve noted a few things that keep our clients awake at night: Weak pipeline of new major funding sources; The organization is in an ongoing cycle of urgency in fundraising; Not enough hours in the day or clones to get everything done. While we don’t have any secrets [...]

Opportunity Collaboration: The Second Time’s The Charm

By | 2017-03-14T22:24:04+00:00 January 5th, 2017|For Funders, Fundraising|

By Vanessa Pierce, Chief Strategist and Director I find that Opportunity Collaboration (OC) is a little hard to describe to people who haven’t experienced this week-long convening of global delegates in Mexico to leverage ideas, resources and innovations, all in service of a common audacious goal: tackling the complexities of global poverty through collaboration. When friends [...]