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1. I Choose Memphis: Tim Young -

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

Name: Tim Young

2. Cohen-Wilkins Campaign Gets Personal -

In hard-fought political races, candidates try to disrupt the game plan of their rival, change the rules of the contest to their own liking and control the campaign’s narrative.

On the third day of the early voting period in advance of the Aug. 7 election day, that is what both contenders in the 9th District Democratic Congressional primary had come to.

3. Graduating to a Lifetime of Giving -

Happy graduation! You did it! This column is for graduates and their families.

We salute your commitment to your education, your future and the future of your family. Graduating from high school, community college, a technical training school, or a four-year college or university is a big deal. No two ways about it. You are celebrating a milestone and the beginning of “what’s next.”

4. Events -

Hattiloo Theatre will present “Black Pearl Sings!” Thursday, March 20, to April 6 at the theater, 656 Marshall Ave. Visit hattiloo.org.

5. Williams Honored by Tennessee Urban Forestry Council -

Laurie Williams, adult education coordinator at Memphis Botanic Garden, was recently awarded the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council’s President’s Award for her contribution to establishing and maintaining viable community forests in Tennessee. Williams was one of seven individuals the urban forestry council honored this year.

6. Ady Joins Ballet Memphis as Ballet Master -

James Ady has joined Ballet Memphis as ballet master. In his new role, Ady will teach morning technique classes, assist with community outreach programs, and rehearse and coach dancers for upcoming performances.

7. Roaming Non-Rome -

BELLAGIO, Italy – They don’t want you to nap too long in this town. Church bells ring about every seven and a half minutes, starting at 7:30. Chiming and chiding, they seem to say, “You’ve slept long enough.” (Good thing I don’t believe in jet lag. Who needs that third hour of sleep anyway?)

8. April 26-May 2: This Week in Memphis History -

1993: On the front page of The Daily News is a story looking at the formal opening on the Main Street Trolley, a project eight years in the making that remade what had been the Mid-America Mall. The Memphis Area Transit Authority offered free trolley rides the first two days of operation.

9. Emergency Preparation – Part 1 -

A bombing and citywide lockdown in Boston, a chemical explosion in West, Texas; threats of flooding along the Mississippi River; tornadoes; earthquakes; and the all-too-frequent house fire.

These are a few of the disasters we all need to prepare for. We need to get ready at home with our families, at work, at our places of worship and at the nonprofits where we spend our time. Most emergencies come with little warning. Many are unthinkable. Some are a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Others – such as fires – occur every day. How will you get ready?

10. Saluting UNCF Founder Patterson -

Black History Month celebrations are incomplete without a salute to nationally recognized fundraiser Dr. Frederick Douglass Patterson, founder of the United Negro College Fund. Named for abolitionist Frederick Douglass, Patterson was committed not only to fundraising but to collective fundraising that has changed the lives of generations of African-Americans.

11. Mississippi Lieutenant Governor Proposes Armed Guards in Schools -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is proposing a $7.5 million program to help schools hire trained and armed law enforcement officers to work on campus.

Reeves said Friday that the plan is a direct response to last month's slayings at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., and he'll ask lawmakers to approve it this session. Individual schools could apply for $10,000 from the state, and the schools would have to spend at least that much themselves.

12. The Year End is Upon Us -

Part one of a two-part series on year-end fundraising. Just in case you don’t know, the year-end is upon us. Christmas. Hanukkah. New Year’s Eve. This is also the time nonprofits roll out “year end” fundraising campaigns. Many started a few days before Thanksgiving. Or earlier.

13. Voices of the Past -

A new crop of historical markers and monuments is sprouting across the city in a move by several groups to broaden the span of the city’s recognized history.

Last week the UrbanArt Commission formally dedicated a statue by artist Vinnie Bagwell in Chickasaw Heritage Park that is the image of a Native American woman. Her sculpted cloak bears images from some of the history that followed the Native Americans who built the ceremonial mounds in the park around 1500 A.D.

14. How to Set Your Fundraising Goal -

What is fundraising without a goal? Most campaigns have one. The question is: how do you set it?

Over the years we have observed different methods. We present them for your consideration. Which will work best for you? Which is similar to the way your organization sets its fundraising goal? How might you want to modify the method you use?

15. Build an Advantage By Creating Talking Points -

You just said yes to fundraising for an organization you believe in. It could be your child’s school, your alma mater, a local hospital or an advocacy organization. You felt confident you could help when you took on the task, but now, upon reflection, you wonder what you have gotten yourself into.

16. Memphis Excellence In Fundraising Pitches -

Here are the ABCs of making a fundraising pitch. Keep it short, clear and simple. Tell people what you are raising money for and how their gift will make an impact.

Here’s a local example. Returning to our workout program means, for us, returning to the Fogelman Downtown YMCA. Before we could even get in the door we knew fundraising was in full swing. We saw a more-than-life-sized fundraising “thermometer” and the names of people and families who had donated as we entered the facility.

17. Church Giving Supports HBCU -

Part one of a two-part series The power of your church giving may be stronger than you know. For example, did you know that when you give to the United Methodist Church you are supporting 11 historically black colleges or universities (HBCU) in addition to supporting your congregation? That’s right. You are part of a long tradition now managed by the church’s Black College Fund under the leadership of Dr. Cynthia Bond Hopson.

18. Be Brave, Ask Questions -

Editor’s note: Part two in a two-part series. Sometimes the questions we don’t ask are the ones that lead us astray. In part one of this series, we discussed how today’s changing – and challenging – economic times can be a catalyst for nonprofits if we are brave enough to ask questions we might prefer to run from. Here are a few.

19. Foundation Gets Dogs Off Streets, Into Homes -

On a rainy Memphis afternoon, a small pit bull-mix named Snow White wagged her tail cheerfully as a volunteer led her on a leash through the lobby of a vet’s office, following a procedure that left her with a bandaged foot and a cone around her neck.

20. You Can Help Heal City’s Hunger Pains -

It’s great to know where our next meal is coming from. Food brings people together. Especially during the last two months of the year! But what about the 14.5 percent of households who are hungry without dependable, consistent access to food? Where will their next meal come from and how can we help put food on their tables?

21. Schools Q&A Points to New Merger Issues -

With a schools consolidation planning commission and a new countywide school board set to convene next month, some of the very specific issues of the merger are creating their own political gravity.

22. Family Reunion Giving Suggestions -

Part two of a two-part series. As your family plans its family reunion, you can plan for your family to make a positive impact on the community you call “home” or the community where you celebrate your reunion. You can do this by selecting a nonprofit organization to give to – each family can make a financial contribution and together you will make a powerful impact.

23. It’s a Family Affair – Reunions and Giving -

Part one of a two-part series Summertime is the time for family reunions. If you’ve been to one you know they can be expensive. But they’re also priceless. Reunions bring together families across the generations to celebrate history, to take pride in accomplishments and to pass down family history and traditions.

24. Lesser-Known Miss. Gov Candidates Offer Platforms -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Democratic and Republican primaries this coming Tuesday will narrow the field of candidates for Mississippi governor.

Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant of Brandon and commercial building contractor Dave Dennis of Pass Christian are spending the most in the five-person race for the Republican nomination, while Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree and Clarksdale businessman and attorney Bill Luckett are grabbing the most attention on the Democratic side.

25. Nonprofit Sector has Economic Impact -

This column is written for people who work in fundraising for nonprofit organizations or institutions. That means hospitals, colleges, the opera, job training programs, after-school programs, food banks, sports teams, charter schools, museums, senior centers, research institutes and more.

26. Fareveller to Honor City’s Present, Future -

Brandon Herrington appreciates Memphis’ musical legacy – Elvis Presley, Sun Studios, Stax – but he says the city’s musical present is at least as important as its past.

27. Marketing for a Cause -

Part two of a two-part series

Cause marketing is one way that businesses and corporations support and promote nonprofit organizations. A cause marketing program allows a business to engage with nonprofits over and above their community relations program. As the name suggests, the emphasis is on marketing, and that means that a business will draw on its sales and marketing resources to make the program successful.

28. Looking at Local Cause Marketing -

Part One of Two-Part Series

The nonprofit sector survives and thrives with the support of all of us. Individuals, families, foundations, public agencies, and businesses and corporations all play key roles in the work of nonprofit organizations across Memphis, the Mid-South and our country. One way that businesses support nonprofits is through cause-marketing campaigns that highlight selected organizations through the promotion of products and services.

29. Your Gift Makes a Difference -

Sometimes we wonder, “Does my gift make a difference?” Whether it is a gift of $25 or $25,000, we don’t always know if our gift “matters.”

We may feel our gift is too small or we may feel pressured by other financial obligations. There are many places for money to go and not all of them are charitable not-for-profit organizations.

30. Introducing FUNdraising Good Times -

Welcome to FUNdraising Good Times. This is your place for how-to information on the often mysterious topic of fundraising.

FUNdraising Good Times is written for those who manage, work for or provide volunteer leadership for nonprofit organizations and institutions. The column is designed to help you and the organizations and institutions you believe in attract and retain resources and leadership needed for success.

31. Ramsey Hits Haslam, Wamp for Celebrities on Trail -

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Bill Haslam and Zach Wamp are drawing on the help of some prominent friends as they hit the trail for the last days of the Republican gubernatorial campaign in Tennessee.

32. Memphis on the Rocks Latest Vision for Trailblazer -

Whether your drink of choice is cotton candy vodka, a more traditional gin and tonic or a no-nonsense straight-up bourbon, you can quench your thirst Thursday night on South Main Street at Memphis on the Rocks.

The celebration of fine distilled spirits will feature more than 50 premium brands of bourbon, gin, rum, tequila, vodka and whiskey from several distributors, including Memphis’ Southwestern Beverage Distributing.

33. Fundraising Consultants Set Up Memphis Office -

The fundraising firm of Saad & Shaw has established an office in Memphis because of the city’s central location and vibrant nonprofit community.

The two principals of the firm, Melvin Shaw and Pearl Saad Shaw, are now based in Memphis. They will also keep an office in Oakland, Calif., where they started the business.

For Melvin Shaw, the move means he has come back home. He grew up in Dixie Homes, taught at E.A. Harrold Elementary School and owned a small business in the city before he began working for the United Negro College Fund followed by founding his own consulting firm.

His wife and business partner, Pearl Shaw, said the move will allow them to grow an already impressive list of clients.

The clients they have served include Kaiser Permanente Department of Research, the Coalition for a Safe Environment, the Women’s Funding Network, San Francisco Library Foundation, North Carolina A&T University and several other colleges.

“We’re not seeking to just serve Memphis,” said Pearl Shaw. “It’s a jumping-off spot. We can get anywhere in the Southeast. We can get up to New York. Memphis is just centrally located. We can be of service here and we can continue to grow.”

The couple is looking to expand their Memphis network beyond clients they have worked for in the Mid-South, including LeMoyne-Owen College and Lane College in Jackson, Tenn. They set up an office in the city about six weeks ago.

Melvin Shaw started his consulting firm in 1993, then merged it with one founded by Pearl Saad Shaw when the two became business and life partners. The couple met while working on a fundraising campaign.

During his time as vice president of marketing for the United Negro College Fund, he established the Lou Rawls Telethon.

“I came out of the private sector,” said Pearl Shaw. “I had worked for a biotechnology company. I had also worked for a software development company doing business development. From there, I transferred into the nonprofit sector. I worked with a major women’s college, Mills College.”

Although they have specialized in helping colleges raise money, about 30 percent of their firm’s business is with smaller, traditional nonprofit organizations. They also work with companies and corporations on cause marketing campaigns.

The Shaws have a national network of connections, but they said their clients should grow their own base of supporters.

“We don’t come with a rolodex,” Melvin Shaw said. “I know a lot of firms will say we know the Rockefellers, we know Bill Cosby, We know Oprah Winfrey, blah, blah, blah. No, we know nobody. But what we do is

provide you with the training and the development and the capacity so that on your own and with your own connections you can reach out to those people who can make a difference.”

The firm stresses fundamental goals to nonprofit agencies. The firm's website is www.saadandshaw.com and has a blog that offers free advice to the nonprofit community.

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34. Bornblum Honored with New Southwest Library -

The Bert Bornblum Library, a new 69,300-square-foot building at Southwest Tennessee Community College’s Macon Cove campus, was named in a ceremony earlier this month.

Among the speakers was John Farris of the Tennessee Board of Regents, who explained that the naming of Board of Regents-governed facilities is a serious matter.  

35. Events -

MPACT Memphis will have a lunch with Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton Jr. today at noon at Pearl’s Oyster House, 299 S. Main St. The lunch is for members only. To R.S.V.P., contact Joy Turner at jturner@mpactmemphis.org or 528-8340.

36. Events -

Christian Brothers University will present the fourth session of its Family Business Enrichment Series today from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the Spain Auditorium in Buckman Hall. The topic of the lecture is “Integrating Closely Held Businesses Into Personal Financial and Investment Strategies.” For reservations, call 321-3999 or e-mail rsvp@cbu.edu.

37. Events -

Friends of Poplar-White Station Branch Library will present The Second Thursday Community Lecture Series today at 11:30 a.m. at 5094 Poplar Ave. Steve Mulroy, associate professor at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis, will speak on "Workplace Harassment Liability and Free Speech." The event is free.

38. Events -

The Memphis Rotary Club will hold a meeting today at noon in Ballroom A of the Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 N. Main St. Terry Boston, executive vice president of system operations at the Tennessee Valley Authority, will speak. Cost is $18 and reservations can be made by calling 526-1318 or e-mailing taylor@memphisrotary.org.

39. Archived Article: Law Focus - Guns, gangs and drugs killing children Many seek solution to jump in Memphis child killings By MARY DANDO The Daily News Last week, 10-year-old Ashley Smith was sitting in her mothers car when she was caught in the crossfire between rival gangs. She...

40. Archived Article: Comm Focus - Navy veteran reaches out to former shipmates online Navy veteran reaches out to former shipmates online By MARY DANDO The Daily News Nowadays, an old sea dog doesnt just sail away. Instead, he becomes the Webmaster of a site dedicated to keeping in ...

41. Archived Article: Tech Focus - Cyber grief Mourning in real time In the wake of several national tragedies, some turn to the Internet to adapt to a loss By KATHLEEN BURT The Daily News There are places indelibly printed on the American mind as places of mind-numbing tragedies Jon...

42. Archived Article: Tech Focus - Surfing at work Surfing at work Survey reveals Internet access for employees is increasing; regulation issues surface By CAMILLE H. GAMBLE The Daily News Nearly 30 percent of employees now have access to the Internet at work, according to a recent n...