Author Archives: Elaine

About Elaine

Elaine Gast Fawcett helps grantmakers, nonprofits and businesses tell their story, market their mission and attract more support.

A Movement to Stop Mass Jailing

This funder collaborative is creating a movement to stop mass jailing in Ohio. Continue reading

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Lessons Learned in Storytelling

I’m officially obsessed with storytelling. For more than a year now, I’ve been working with Get Storied, an advisory and training company dedicated to transformational storytelling. I recently had an opportunity to attend a live event we launched in San … Continue reading

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International Women’s Day: Giving to Women & Girls

“It was late afternoon when 14-year-old Reshma was getting ready for her wedding at a beauty parlor in the Old City of Hyderabad. Reshma was one of 33 brides, all under the age of 18, to be married that night … Continue reading

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Telling Your Story on Social Media: Family Funders Share Tips

Family foundations are a modest bunch. Most prefer operating quietly in the background, out of the limelight, away from any undue attention. What this means is that, many foundations—particularly those that keep their operations on the smaller side—have been slow … Continue reading

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7 Ways to Save Yourself from Your Smartphone

Okay, be honest. Have you ever slept with your smartphone at your bedside? Checked your e-mail while waiting in line? Lost hours scanning news feeds on your Facebook or Twitter accounts? Don’t worry. You’re not alone. If you’re like most … Continue reading

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Share the Love: 10 Ways to Be Generous Today

On Valentine’s Day two years ago, Sasha Dicter started an accidental movement by setting one simple intention: to say YES to anyone who asked him to give. He called it Generosity Day. His idea was this: Let’s rebrand Valentine’s Day as a … Continue reading

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In This Moment of Loss – What You Can Do

Yesterday I glanced at the online news early in the day and saw the words “shooting” and “school.” I intentionally slapped my Mac shut because in that moment I couldn’t face it. I had a feeling it was bad. Only late … Continue reading

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Hurricane Sandy, One Week Later: How You Can Help

I spoke with a friend of mine this week who lives in the East Village. Brette and her husband Ben were one of the lucky ones. As Hurricane Sandy beat down, their first-floor apartment on the Lower East Side–amazingly–remained flood-free. … Continue reading

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Want to Know the Secrets to Grantwriting Success? Check Out this Free Book

  Back in March of this year, I listened to a Chronicle of Philanthropy teleseminar titled How to Create Successful Foundation Proposals. One of the speakers was Jana Jane Hexter, a heart-centered grantwriting professional who, over 15 years, has raised more than $28 … Continue reading

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Free Education for Anyone, Anywhere

Sal Khan is changing the way students learn. Just four years ago, the Silicon Valley hedge-fund manager quit his job to teach math—for free—over the Internet. Today, he runs the nonprofit Khan Academy with a mission to provide a free world-class education for … Continue reading

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