(Community Matters) An excellent summary of 2012 philanthropy in America. Best presentation of Giving USA data I’ve seen yet plus much more. Thanks Joanna Linden for sending me the CCS report.
- $316B total giving in 2012
- 72% by individuals
- list of top individual, corp and foundation donors
- online NPO revenues grew 21%
- online monthly giving grew 43%
- # internet donations to charities increased by 20%
- share of people who made a gift in response to an email appeal dropped by 20% [sic]
- 20% of online fundraising takes place in Dec.
(Community Matters) Wendy Davis – I wouldn’t bet against her. There’s something in the air, kinda like when you smell rain even though forecasters say it ain’t gonna rain. Doesn’t mean it will but often surprises you and does. The corruption, the disregard for others, the meddling in Texan’s affairs, it gets old, it’s not Texan – just saying . . .
Unfortunately, I can’t play in politics given my role as Pres & CEO of Marfa Public Radio, but I spoke with Wendy a few weeks ago about her race and why she’s running. I like her. I appreciate all well-intentioned, smart and generous women & men who choose to serve.
(Community Matters) NYT: Want to Be More Empathetic? Try Reading Chekhov –
a study published Thursday in the journal Science found that after reading literary fiction, as opposed to popular fiction or serious nonfiction, people performed better on tests measuring empathy, social perception and emotional intelligence — skills that come in especially handy when you are trying to read someone’s body language or gauge what they might be thinking.
Literary fiction vs popular fiction: “popular fiction readers made as many mistakes as people who read nothing.”
“Maybe popular fiction is a way of dealing more with one’s own self, maybe, with one’s own wants, desires, needs.” In popular fiction, said Mr. Kidd, one of the researchers, “really the author is in control, and the reader has a more passive role.”
In literary fiction, like Dostoyevsky, “there is no single, overarching authorial voice,” he said. “Each character presents a different version of reality, and they aren’t necessarily reliable. You have to participate as a reader in this dialectic, which is really something you have to do in real life.”
Two take aways – the importance of exploratory, character-filled fiction and the difference from popular fiction which is more plot oriented (for good and bad depending on objective of writer and whomever selecting what to read).
btw, a fun, free emotional intelligence test. Reminded me I’d been wanting to sign up for Lumosity which I’ve done. Even had my first every morning (from now on) workout. Gonna try to enroll my mom too (good workout for Parkisons. She’s enjoying the Pilates workouts I’ve also prescribed).