What is Philanthropy Really? National Philanthropy Day 2016, International Credit Union Day, and Priceless Pics of Unpaid Baby Sitters to Warm Your Soul…


First, A Joke Every Grammer Nerd Can’t Help But Love:


This week:

National Philanthropy Day 2016:
November 16th 2016 marks the 44th annual celebration of National Philanthropy Day (NPD) around the country and San Diego’s event is one of the largest. This is a huge testament to the generosity and civic engagement of our community. NPD is an important opportunity to recognize and celebrate the critical role philanthropy plays in manifesting San Diego’s aspiring vision to be widely recognized as both America’s Finest city and America’s Kindest region. Mission Fed is the Presenting Sponsor this year and as part of both the Honorary Committee that helps determine  the winners and the Taskforce that produces the event, I have had the opportunity to help shape the direction of this year’s Symphony of Philanthropy which is on Wednesday November 16th.


Here is a U-T “Community Spotlight” radio interview highlighting the NPD with Keely Tidrow, AFP San Diego President and Major Gifts Officer, Old Globe Theatre and me, hosted by Drew Schlosberg.  http://wsradio.com/101416-national-philanthropy-day/

You Might Have a Bank, but You Need a Credit Union- Celebrate International Credit Union Day by Trying One Out!

Credit Unions as part of their organizational DNA are double bottom line orgs focused on both financial performance and social purpose.

International Credit Union (ICU) Day® has been celebrated on the third Thursday of October since 1948 to honor the movement and its members. The day is recognized to reflect upon the credit union movement’s history and to promote its achievements. It is a day to honor those who have dedicated their lives to the movement, recognize the hard work of those working in the credit union industry and show members our appreciation.

The ultimate goal is to raise awareness about the great work that credit unions are doing around the world and give members the opportunity to get more involved. Credit unions and associations throughout the world celebrate the day with fundraisers, open houses, contests, picnics and parades.

I am proud to work for a credit union!

Try on the credit union difference and experience your Mission Fed Moment…

Unpaid Baby Sitters: These Pictures Should Warm Your Soul!




Thanks this week go to Keely and the hard working team ideating and putting on National Philanthropy Day, Drew and the U/T community spotlight team, credit union movement members and organizations worldwide, & Larry H for steadily sending me soul-filling pictures like these baby sitters that care for our young ones…


Pay it forward!


 “It is we who nourish the Soul of the World,
and the world we live in will be either better or worse,
depending on whether we become better or worse.
And that’s where the power of love comes in.
Because when we love, we always strive to become better than we are.”
–Paulo Coelho

Your Soul Food for Friday October 14th 2016: Puns for Educated Minds, Leadership in 3 Minutes and Local Opportunities to Cherish Women

This week:

Puns for Educated Minds:
The Four Virtues of a Leader by Eric K:
If growing your leadership capacity is critical to your success you need to know about Eric…

9 Inspiring Leadership Videos around 3 minutes:
(Kids are the stars in #8)

The One Thing that Makes a Leader Great with Will M:

If you are local, Cherish Our Women! (both are about women’s empowerment):
Join MANA de San Diego’s Latina Success Conference this weekend!
Workshops on Leadership, Business, Finance and Health
Build your network and make new friends!

UC San Diego Organizes Second Annual Global Empowerment Summit:
Sharing best practices, connect, brainstorm and come up with solutions for the social challenges that we face…

Puns For Educated Minds:

  1. The fattest knight at King Arthur’s round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.
  2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian.
  3. She was only a whisky-maker but he loved her still.
  4. A rubber-band pistol was confiscated from a geometry class because it was a weapon of math disruption.
  5. No matter how much you push the envelope, it’ll still be stationery.
  6. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.
  7. Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.
  8. A hole has been found in the nudist-camp wall. The police are looking into it.
  9. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
  10. Atheism is a non-prophet organization.
  11. Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other: “You stay here; I’ll go on a head.”
  12. I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.
  13. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab centre said: “Keep off the Grass.”
  14. The midget fortune teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.
  15. The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.
  16. A backward poet writes inverse.
  17. In a democracy it’s your vote that counts; in feudalism it’s your count that votes.
  18. When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion.
  19. If you jumped off the bridge in Paris , you’d be in Seine.
  20. A vulture carrying two dead raccoons boards an airplane. The stewardess looks at him and says, “I’m sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger.”
  21. Two fish swim into a concrete wall. One turns to the other and says, “Dam!”
  22. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly, it sank proving once again that you can’t have your kayak and heat it too.
  23. Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says, “I’ve lost my electron.” The other says, “Are you sure?” The first replies, “Yes, I’m positive.”
  24. Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root-canal? His goal: transcend dental medication.
  25. There was the person who sent ten puns to friends with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did.

The Four Virtues of a Leader by Eric K:
If growing your leadership capacity is critical to your success you need to know about Eric…

Dear Leaders,

I’m incredibly excited about the recent release of my book The Four Virtues of a Leader – Navigating the Hero’s Journey Through Risk to Results published by Sounds True. In fact, Barnes & Noble got so enamored that they featured my book on a promotional table in their Top 100 stores. WooHoo!

Marshall Goldsmith, Best Selling Author and the World’s Most Influential Leadership Thinker, calls this book “A truly visionary work” and this Publisher’s Weekly review calls it a “meditation on the soul of a leader.” The book reviews are flowing in and I’m grateful for the amazing response and community that is building around this book so quickly!

My book challenges common thinking while giving practical ideas on what I have found to be the four virtues, or cornerstones, of good leadership, how to:

  • Stay focused
  • Be courageous
  • Persevere as you accelerate your organizational growth
  • Take the leaps of faith that we all need to do to move from the old to the new


It differs from other leadership books on the shelf as it guides leaders to successfully fuse an unwavering commitment to business results with a deep respect for the human spirit.

If you have already purchased a copy, THANK YOU! Please leave me a review on the Amazon page for the book.

If you haven’t purchased a copy yet, head over to http://www.fourvirtuesofaleader.com/ where you can buy my book and unlock exclusive bonuses with your purchase!


9 Inspiring Leadership Videos around 3 minutes:
(Kids are the stars in #8)

The One Thing that Makes a Leader Great with Will M:

390 – The One Thing That Makes a Leader Great


PONDER THIS: What’s the number one thing that makes a leader great? The answer might surprise you. It’s actually humility.

RESEARCH SAYS: It’s true. Researchers have found that personal humility and great ambition, two seemingly conflicting qualities, are the most important qualities found in today’s top leaders. The secret to achieving both humility and ambition simultaneously is the best leaders are highly ambitious, but their ambition is not for themselves; instead, they are ambitious for the greater good. Because their attention is focused on the greater good, they feel no need to inflate their own egos. That makes them driven and inspiring.

TRY THIS: Think of how can you incorporate both humility and ambition into your work life and home life.

If you are local, Cherish Our Women! (both are about women’s empowerment):
Join MANA de San Diego’s Latina Success Conference this weekend!
Workshops on Leadership, Business, Finance and Health
Build your network and make new friends!
Latina Success Conference

UC San Diego Organizes Second Annual Global Empowerment Summit:
Sharing best practices, connect, brainstorm and come up with solutions for the social challenges that we face…

Thanks this week go to Larry H, Eric K, Mitch S, Will M, MANA Leadership and my colleagues at the Global Empowerment Summit!
May we all have the courage to:

  • Stay focused
  • Be courageous
  • Persevere to accelerate our organizational growth
  • Take the leaps of faith that we all need to move from the old to the new

Pay it forward!

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It is better by noble boldness to run the risk of being subject to half the evils we anticipate than to remain in cowardly listlessness for fear of what might happen.
— Herodotus (485 – 425BC) Greek Historian

The Week of World Animal Day, the 100th Anniversary of the San Diego Zoo and Making Sure ALL Kids Get to Experience the Animal Kingdom

Happy Soul Food Friday!


This week:

Celebrate World Animal Day, the 100th Anniversary of the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park & Making Sure ALL Kids Get to Experience the Animal Kingdom- Thanks Mission Fed!

Why Celebrate World Animal Day?

World Animal Day is an international day of action for animal rights and welfare celebrated annually on October 4th the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.

Throughout history, social movements (mass actions) like World Animal Day, have always been a major vehicle for ordinary people’s participation in politics, and key in fighting for social justice and reform. The lives of animals are profoundly affected by the actions of individuals, businesses, and nations.  It’s therefore essential that, as sentient beings, their rightful status as recipients of social justice is established and translated into effective animal protection.  Through increased awareness and education, we can help develop a compassionate culture which feeds into legal reform and social progress to make this world a fairer place for all living creatures.  A world where animals are recognized as sentient beings and full regard is always paid to their welfare.


Kids Free in October- Thanks Mission Fed!

This past weekend, together with our friends at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, we kicked off Kid’s Free in October and celebrated the Zoo officially turning 100!

On Sunday, October 2 (the Zoo’s REAL birthday), the Mission Fed team was at the Zoo as part of the celebration and live via Facebook.


Our first live video, promoting our Food 4 Kids campaign, had over 1,300 views  and generated over $20,000 for the San Diego Food bank to make sure kids in need have food over the weekend.

This Facebook live experience captured this event’s energy, and highlights the partnership we have had with the Zoo since 2008.

We have sponsored Kids Free since 2011 and our commitment to giving back to the community and Kids Free in October allows all children to experience a fun day with their loved ones while learning about animal care and conservation science.

We hope every child, yours included if you live in San Diego can experience the beautiful wildlife and enjoy all the kid friendly activities that the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park have to offer. Look for us on Facebook.


The Morning After The Zoo’s Annual Holiday Party…..


Good Party Eh?

If You are Local:

Join us this Saturday, October 8 from 10 am – 3:00 pm for our upcoming clothing drive to benefit the YWCA’s Becky’s House domestic violence programs.  Together with our friends from Spanish radio stations Pulsar 107.3 and La Invasora 99.7, we’ll be broadcasting live next to Mission Fed’s Terra Nova branch and will be accepting women’s gently used casual/professional clothing in all sizes. Becky’s House offers a safe haven for women, men, and children to overcome trauma, improve their economic status, and ultimately achieve self-sufficiency.


Thanks this week go to animal lovers everywhere, & the Mission Fed team! Go for great. Own your game. Be kind. Get big things done.

Pay it Forward

“Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life”

-Saint Francis of Assisi

The Biggest Happiness Mistake & Getting Apolitical rather than Apoplectic

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change”—Carl Rogers

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The Biggest Happiness Mistake:


WHAT IF . . . the best person you can be is you?

RESEARCH SAYS:  The biggest mistake you can make when it comes to happiness in lifestyle, career, and relationships is not being yourself.  Here are some guidelines to help you be your authentic, genuine, awesome self from the folks at Pick The Brain:

  1. If you have positive intentions, don’t apologize for yourself.  If you do people will think you’re at fault when you’re not.
  2. Focus on being fully present in your external environment (rather than in your own internal world); react and create without over-analyzing.
  3. Quit worrying about how others see you, or it will unnaturally alter your behavior and probably make you seem insecure.
  4. Get to know yourself. Take time daily to reflect on your values and how you really want to live.
  5. Learn to appreciate who you are now – faults and merits – and others will too.

TRY THIS: Make a list of the top three personality traits that make you . . . you.  How can you use these three things to strengthen your lifestyle, career, and relationships?

Also this week:

With all the political divisiveness in the country, as the Obama Presidency comes to a close, here are some apolitical opportunities to applaud the twin pillars of honor and humility with the Office of the President and First Lady

President Obama Awards the Arts and Humanities Medals:

The National Humanities Medal is awarded to individuals or organizations whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the human experience, broadened citizen engagement with history and literature or helped preserve and expand Americans’ access to cultural resources.

A real feel good experience as we celebrate artists and humanitarians that really make our souls sing!

Awards begin at around the 9-minute mark with Mel Brooks for making us all laugh and setting the tone and tenor for the event.

My favorite interviewer EVER, Terri Gross is honored around the 24-minute mark for her artful probing of the American experience for over 4 decades…

National Humanities Medal and National Medal of Arts awardees include actors Mel Brooks and Morgan Freeman, composer and musician Wynton Marsalis, record producer and songwriter Berry Gordy, and two New Jersey residents acclaimed writer James McBride and religion scholar Elaine Pagels.


Ellen and First Lady Michelle Obama Go to CVS:

This is hysterically funny and shows you why we shouldn’t take ourselves too seriously especially as leaders…

If You Are Local:
A 30-Day COMPASSION IT Challenge http://compassionit.com/30DayChallenge

Finally, Some Good Apolitical Posters to Keep Us On Track:

Thanks, this week go to Will M, NPR, Aysha S-B, Larry H and YOU for staying soulful!

Pay it forward


“Teach thy tongue to say ‘I do not know,’ and thou shalt progress” –Maimonides

World Gratitude Day, Character Day, the Autumnal Equinox and the National Hispanic Heritage Month

Happy Soul Food Friday!

As we celebrate more than 5 years of this blog, longer if you count our email beginnings, enjoy our new look and feel and do add your comments so we know what you care about most!


This week:

World Gratitude Day Sept 21st
The awareness of the benefits of having time in one’s life for gratitude, appreciation and positive reflection have become increasingly apparent. The hope of the founders of Gratitude Day is that by taking time, one day a year, to reflect on the many amazing things we have in our lives, it would positively impact our well-being and make us happier, more contented people.

Character Day September 22nd  and the Periodic Table of Character Strengths:
What kind of person am I and who do I want to be in the world?
A global movement we can all be part of…

The Science of Character:
What are YOUR Top 5 Strengths?

“The Science of Character” – new 8 min film from The Moxie Institute on Vimeo.

Teachers need to attend to creating a sense of community in the classroom, where mutually respectful relationships are nurtured and prosocial behaviors are welcomed and rewarded.”

-DeRoche & Williams, Educating Hearts and Minds.

In the Character ED Business? The Purpose of Education in the U.S.
Americans do not agree. Academics? Work ? Citizenship?

  • Less than half say “academics” (45%)
  • Preparing students for work (25%)
  • For citizenship? (26%)

Here is a caveat from the PDK Poll  (2016)–68% of Americans polled say local schools should focus on career-technical or skilled–based classes rather than more honors or advanced academic classes. What say you?

News You Can Use
News & Notes for those who Care and Share!

  • References   •Resources   •Research  •Ramblings

September 2016 – Issue 1. Editor: Ed DeRoche. Co-Editor: Serena Pariser

21st Century Skills

More than 250 researchers across 60 institutions worldwide categorized these skills into four broad categories:

  • Ways of thinking: creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, decision-making and learning;
  • Ways of working: communication and collaboration;
  • Tools for working: information and communications technology and information literacy; and
  • Skills for living in the world: citizenship, life and career, and personal and social responsibility.                                                                                                                                     21st century skills require 21st century people of “character.”

Class Culture
Excerpt from https://www.teachingchannel.org/class-culture

We all want to build a positive classroom culture. But sometimes it can seem so elusive! This Deep Dive is here to help you consider how you can build a class culture that promotes academic achievement and social and emotional literacy.  Class culture is the foundation of a successful classroom, setting the tone while communicating and maintaining clear expectations. It also sets students up to hold each other accountable in reaching the classroom expectation and their shared goals.

As you begin this school year ask yourself:

Goal Setting                                                                

As you begin a new school year take note of these recommendations.

ASCD Smartbrief (5-26-09) reports that teaching middle school students WHY doing well in school is important and then helping them develop EFFECTIVE WAYS TO STUDY may do more to improve their grades than homework help.

Researcher Nancy Hill says, ” PLANNING AND DECISION-MAKING SKILLS can make middle school an especially effective time to use such strategies to overcome students’ decreasing interest in school.”

http://www.goalsettingforstudents.com is where we found this useful acronym:
SMART—which should be useful to your students.

S = Specific  M = Measurable       A = Attainable               R = Realistic      T = Timely

Have you considered goal setting using social systems for support in your classroom? Read about it here:

Narnia Virtues Project
The Center staff is pleased to connect you with a new educational project from our colleagues at the Center for the 4th and 5th Rs and the University of Leeds, UK.

The Narnia Virtues Project is a literature-based character education curriculum for students ages 11 to 13.   If you are an educator who teaches students in the 11 to 13 age -group, then you are eligible to join the Narnia Virtues project.  All teacher and student materials are free.  The project that will begin a pilot launch of its curriculum in fall 2016, and are looking for participants.

If interested, visit their website, http://www.narnianvirtues.leeds.ac.uk, for further information on this year’s pilot project, short videos, and sample project materials.

Celebrate Character Day
The Center staff  invite you to join us in celebrating Character Day on Thursday, September, 22nd.

Check out Let It Ripple’s website, where you can find suggestions for activities, discussion kits, free materials, and videos for all ages.

September Freebie Caring Teacher Inventory

This inventory can be used in staff development or to have students assess their teachers’ caring behaviors, but the primary intent is for teachers to use it as a self-evaluation instrument

Why take the inventory? Teachers need to attend to creating a sense of community in the classroom, where mutually respectful relationships are nurtured and prosocial behaviors are welcomed and rewarded.”-DeRoche & Williams, Educating Hearts and Minds.

A Fulbright Scholarship
Have you ever consider applying for a Fulbright Scholarship? Now is the time. Applications are currently open for 2017-2018. Read about one of our staff member’s insider perspective with Fulbright in Africa here:

Something to LINK To
Noisy Class = http://www.edutopia.org/blog/30-techniques-quiet-noisy-class-todd-finley?

How San Diego Is Teaching the Next Generation of Innovators:
“Our vision for leading the innovation economy leverages our unique competitive advantage rather than replicating what has been done elsewhere…”

National Hispanic Heritage Month:
Paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society!

Practicing Focus in a World of Relentless Demands: The Energy Project https://theenergyproject.com/

Thanks, this week go to Ed DeR, Serena P, Laura K, David L, Tony S, Meg M and Grateful Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Characters Everywhere!

Teach AND LEARN for America and our WORLD
Pay it forward, please…


In Germany, they came first for the Communists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist;
And then they came for the trade unionists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist;
And then they came for the Jews, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew;
And then… they came for me. ..And by that time there was no one left to speak up.
–Rev Martin Niemoller, January 1946


People & Pets Are Awesome, Love on a Leash, Empathy-the Most Important Back to School Supply & Some Giggles For You

Happy Soul Food Friday!

People are Awesome:

Dogs are Awesome:

Love On A Leash:

You might say these dogs are in the love business. They give it, and they get it in return.

Empathy- The Most Important Back to School Supply:

“Absent empathy, sincere kindness and unity, how useful are passing test scores for changing communities and an ailing world?”

Giggles for You:


Thanks, this week go to the Eric K, the EdTrans team & Larry H!

Please Pay it Forward…


LOVE is our Soul Purpose

The Labor of Love of Sport & Laboring with Meaning & Emotion

Happy Soul Food Friday for Labor Day Week 2016!

Human Potential Through the Labor Of Sport:

  • We’re The Superhumans | Rio Paralympics 2016 Trailer:This is fantastic!
  • Kids Show Us How To Have Compassion in Victory:

The Lesser Known 4th Olympic Medal:
A medal named after the International Olympic Committee founder Pierre de Coubertin is a rare award given to those athletes which display exceptional sportsmanship.

Laboring with Meaning and Emotion:
The capacity to process meaning and emotion in different parts of the brain and tie them together is not uniquely human.

This ability had already evolved in non-primates long before humans began to talk.


If this doesn’t make you smile, your smiler must be broken…


Local Events:
You are invited to the San Diego Nonprofit Association & TriNet “Access to Expert” Series on Wednesday, September 21, 2016
This event series has been designed in response to requests to help nonprofits navigate complex issues, share useful information and gain insights and access to experts.

National Philanthropy Day 2016: A Symphony of Philanthropy November 16, 2016


Supporting our Boys and Girls in our community: Back to school shopping event for children in need sff9-9-gs.

Thanks, this week go to Anu T, Isa A, Ralph S, Vicente R, Ron A, Larry H, Nonprofit Igniters and Philanthropists (lovers of humanity) Everywhere!

Pay it forward


“Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children than the unlived life of the parent.”- Carl Jung