Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Be Willing to Look like a Fool! - Great Advice for Fundraising and Teaching Alike

The best fund raising - and teaching - advice I've ever gotten came from a master fundraiser of a very conservative very official organization. This man always wore a three-piece suit and raised over 100 million dollars from individuals for his cause.

"You have to be willing," this very wise man told me, "to look like a fool!"

Of course, I do my best to be credible, but I've found that at some point you have to let go of appearances, take a leap of faith, and communicate your message with all your heart.

Fundraising is actually a form of teaching. When you are teaching, you are educating people about a skill or idea you think is important. When you are fundraising, you are educating people about why they should give to your cause.

Our third 2-minute vodcast takes this advice very much to heart, with PuppetPower both for teaching safety and for fundraising.

This was filmed in my living room with a couple of lamps and no fancy equipment. I'm getting over a cold, and my voice sounds like it. My hair has a mind of its own. Patrick Heaviside is volunteering his time to film, edit, and produce these with some coaching from my brother, Ken, and you can probably tell that we are learning as we go.

PuppetPower came into being when we learned that people, especially young children, will often listen to puppets better than they listen to us. This two-minute Vodcast has Duck and Tiger showing why awareness is important - and has Duck reminding me to ask for help.

I hope you'll have as much fun watching it as we did creating it!

And I do hope you'll put Kidpower on your holiday giving list! Donating is easy. Just go to:


Friday, December 11, 2009

Touch in Healthy Relationships

I just wrote a response to an e-mail request that I thought others might also find useful. I'm new to blogging and would really appreciate your thoughts, suggestions, and comments.

To have healthy relationships, you need to have good boundaries. To have good boundaries, you need to have an understanding about what is safe and what is not safe both emotionally and physically and to have skills to communicate with others about your boundaries.

Touch, teasing, and affection are often areas that can create problems in relationships. Here's a summary of our basic Kidpower rules.

Regardless of age, touch or games for play, teasing, and affection need to be:
  • Safe
  • The choice of each person
  • Allowed by the adults in charge
  • Not a secret
Touch for health and safety might not be a choice, but is never a secret.

Problems should not be secret. Touch should not have to be secret. Presents or games should not have to be secret.

If you have a safety problem, tell an adult you trust and keep telling until you get the help you need.

For children, the Kidpower safety rules about touching private areas are:
Your private areas are the parts of your body covered by a bathing suit. For play or teasing, other people should not touch your private areas nor should they ask you to touch their private areas nor should they show you movies or pictures about people touching private areas. For health or safety, such as if you’re sick, your parents or doctor might need to touch your private areas, but it is never a secret.

Knowing the rules is important, but people also need skills in communicating about boundaries. This is why our Kidpower teaching method emphasizes coaching our students to be successful in practicing the skills they need to keep themselves emotionally and physically safe.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Celebrating our new website!

A tremendous amount of work has gone into the development and creation of our new website, and we are excited about finally launching.

You can help us by checking links and appearance as we make our grand entrance into the world and telling us what does and does not work well for you.

Yes, we know some things are not perfect, but, as we say in Kidpower, "You don't have to be perfect to be great!"

Another wise saying about getting started came from a friend of my father's, who said, "'Not yet' is the enemy of 'good enough!'"

Thank you to our Taproot Team - Laura, Pamela, Samantha, Stuart, Alison, and Suzanne for contributing your time and expertise in planning, researching, editing, designing, and training. Thank you Patrick for taking on our social marketing, including this blog. And Erika for her sharp eyes and creativity! Most of all,
thank you, Allegra, for all of your hard work in getting our website ready!