Columnists


Junk Mail Prompts An (Almost) Date with Death


May 28, 2019 | By Page Leggett | CLT Creatives | Columnists | Editorials

I recently got a postcard inviting me to something called a “Peace of Mind Seminar.” Awesome, I thought. Peace of mind is in short supply these days. I’m nervous by nature, and President Trump’s twitchy Twitter finger (and all that entails) have exacerbated my anxiety. I could use a free yoga class. Or some aromatherapy. Whatever this was, I wanted in on it. “We invite you to learn more about how planning for your final wishes may shield your family from unnecessary emotional and financial burden,” reads the card … from a local funeral home. So much for that promised peace of mind. The seminar…


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People of Charlotte: A Few Bytes About The Dottie Rose Foundation


May 16, 2019 | By Mai-Lis | CLT Creatives | CLT Nonprofits | Columnists

You know we believe that Charlotte is a creative city. It’s also a generous one. While it doesn’t make the headlines every day, our home is bursting with people drawing from the life experience and giving of their social, financial and creative capital to improve the lives of our fellow citizens. Sharon Jones, Ed.D, founder & CEO of thedot. Consulting and the Lady Tech Charmers Podcast is one of them. Today, our friend Mai-Lis at People of Charlotte speaks with Sharon about her work with The Dottie Rose Foundation, a nonprofit organization she founded to “provide opportunities for all girls to learn computer science and…


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People of Charlotte: One Ticket for Queen City Trainspotting, Please!


May 1, 2019 | By Mai-Lis | CLT Creatives | Columnists | Exploring Charlotte

People of Charlotte, meet Queen City resident Adam Schultz. Accidental creative. Photographer. Train Love. Dad. Mai-Lis Bahr, creator of People of Charlotte, has the best job in town — talking to the people who are making Charlotte a creative, colorful, surprising and exciting place to live. She shares them on her Instagram feed, Web site and here in The Biscuit. When did your love of photography begin? I picked up my first camera in the early ’90s, a Canon Rebel G that used film, just as the digital evolution was coming on. The intent at the time was just to have a decent camera for…


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Take This Job and Shove It – Break Out by Breaking Good


April 22, 2019 | By Josh Jacobson | CLT Nonprofits | Columnists | Editorials

Oh no! The end of the Breaking Good series! This week we close it out by calling for an infusion of private sector talent into our local nonprofit organizations. It’s a concept that goes against conventional wisdom and yet it’s exactly what we need. In other words, we’re breaking good again. “I’d love to meet and pick your brain.” There is no more gross and invasive metaphor for meeting for coffee than, “Let me pick your brain.” Please, don’t molest my noodle. But, do reach out. I love coffee. I’m one of those people who typically takes the random meeting with a person hoping to…


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Fire Up the Family Truckster! Visiting 59 National Parks in 5 Years


March 27, 2019 | By Mai-Lis | CLT Creatives | Columnists | Editorials

The interview below with Charlottean Bill Goldstein (AKA Mr. Outdoor) and his family – wife, Alisa, and sons, Luke and Winston, is part of our partnership by the People of Charlotte blog. After visiting Yosemite National Park in 2009, The Goldsteins caught National Park fever … and they found a creative way to cure it. SEE 59 NATIONAL PARKS before their sons turned 18. So, they fired up the family truckster and got down to business. Today Bill and his family have been to every (yeah, we said EVERY) national park in America and wants to inspire you to do the same. What was the…


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If Your Nonprofit Fails in the Forest, Will Anyone Hear It?


March 12, 2019 | By Josh Jacobson | CLT Nonprofits | Columnists | Editorials | How To/Resources

Being “the best kept secret in Charlotte” might sound cool, but it’s rarely a recipe for success. And, that gets us to the question: Should nonprofits be encouraged to spend money on marketing their missions?In this week’s installment of “Breaking Good,” we reflect on a topic that pits what we know about the way the world works with how we think “charities” should function.Okay, analogy time. You’re a rising chef in the culinary world of Charlotte. You’ve studied at quality institutions and have done the hard work to earn the respect of those in the foodie scene. With the backing of a few people who…


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When Volunteerism Turns Toxic


February 26, 2019 | By Josh Jacobson | CLT Nonprofits | Columnists | How To/Resources

Well, I finally did it. I picked a topic so taboo that I was rejected by several area experts when asked to go on record for this installment of “Breaking Good.” Apparently, I’m pushing boundaries and buttons here, folks. This week, I’m coining the phrase “toxic volunteerism” and unpacking why not all inclinations to serve are created equal. I think we can agree that volunteerism has been the lifeblood of nonprofits for decades. But, beware of blood poisoning. A growing trend in our region is people using their volunteerism as a social outlet – a way to make friends in a new community, an alternative…


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This Story Has a Hook (Actually, a Million of Them)


February 26, 2019 | By Mai-Lis | CLT Creatives | Columnists

People of CLT, meet Hook Shot Charlie. After a 30+ year in corporate America, he dropped the tie, picked up a basketball and never looked back.  Some might say it’s madness! How did a hook shot turn into your legacy? I began playing basketball games around Charlotte, as well as in Raleigh, when my two children were attending NC State. When I would visit, I would play at all the YMCAs in the area—the students heard about my throws and started calling me Hookshot Charlie. The hook shot is more than a hook shot for you. How so? After playing in games, I realized what…


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Desperately Seeking Disruption


February 11, 2019 | By Josh Jacobson | CLT Nonprofits | Columnists | How To/Resources

There are a ton of nonprofit organizations in the Charlotte region. Thousands, in fact. Are there too many? Is that even a thing? We’re unpacking this urban legend and making a passionate case that an increased number of nonprofits is not only a good thing, but desperately needed to bring about disruption to the social good sector. When Shannon Binns founded Sustain Charlotte in 2010, city leaders didn’t exactly roll out the red carpet for him. Far from it. “While I did find quick and overwhelming interest from many people about the need for an organization like Sustain Charlotte, I could not get any of…


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Miss Betty Doesn’t Miss a Beat


February 11, 2019 | By Mai-Lis | CLT Creatives | Columnists

People of CLT, meet Miss Betty. Since long before most of the buildings in Uptown were standing, she’s greeted Queens University students, faculty and staff with hot meals, a warm smile and impromptu dance sessions. If you have had the privilege of meeting Miss Betty at Queens University, you’re one of the lucky ones! She is as authentic and loving as they come. Unforgettable. Her playful and tender spirit will make you laugh and cry and fills your heart with love. No doubt, she gives more than she receives, so let’s all give Miss Betty some love. Happy belated birthday to you, Miss Betty! Yes,…


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Breaking Good: Forget “Charity.” Think Like a Business.


January 28, 2019 | By Josh Jacobson | CLT Nonprofits | Columnists | How To/Resources

Time to break Rule #1 — Nonprofits Should Raise Most of Their Dollars from Donations Click here to see the first installment of “Breaking Good” with Josh Jacobson. When I say “nonprofit,” do you think “charity?” What do these words mean and how do you conceptualize them? With today’s myth-busting missive, I’m targeting our preconceived notions about how nonprofits fuel their business models. According to the Brookings Institute, what you might think about nonprofits is probably way wrong. It may be surprising to learn that just 13% of revenue for nonprofits comes from private contributions, including all the ways you’ve probably supported a nonprofit –…


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