Susan Hay Patrick en Kids Count – And They Need Our Help <p>It’s summer in Montana – that means so much to celebrate about living in beautiful Big Sky country:&nbsp; our lakes and rivers, mountains and trails; glorious national parks, a festival a week to enjoy.&nbsp; Montana is a great place to live.&nbsp; So I feel almost guilty in dropping a wet-blanket fact:&nbsp; Montana is a great place to live, depending on who you are.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:38:17 +0000 Susan Hay Patrick 22452 at Lessons from Cambodia <p>I recently returned from a trip to Cambodia through an economic empowerment program hosted by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at The University of Montana. &nbsp; Congress created this international exchange in 1961, the same year the Berlin Wall was built. &nbsp;The Cold War was entering the deep freeze and the Vietnam conflict was ramping up. &nbsp;Montana’s great statesman Mike Mansfield hoped that an economic and cultural exchange program would build bridges between the U.S. and Southeast Asia.<br /> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:22:37 +0000 Susan Hay Patrick 21061 at Five-Minute Commencement Speech <p style="margin-left:.5in;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-left:.5in;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-left:.5in;">This is the time of year for commencement speeches.&nbsp; You know, that onerous tradition of making graduates suffer through a speech before handing them their diplomas.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 17:07:17 +0000 Susan Hay Patrick 19719 at Montana Nonprofits: The Economic Engines That Could <p><strong>Montana Nonprofits:&nbsp; The Economic Engines That Could</strong></p><p>The other day, I ran into an old friend at the grocery store.&nbsp; “Are you still with United Way?” she asked.&nbsp; “Yes,” I said.&nbsp; “And is that what you do full-time?” she continued.&nbsp; I gave her the only answer that came to mind:&nbsp; “I’m trying to get it down to full time,” I said.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:49:08 +0000 Susan Hay Patrick 18405 at Collaboration <p>Recently, I was asked to speak about collaboration in the nonprofit world:&nbsp; what it is, why it’s important; what makes it work and what makes it fail.&nbsp; That got me thinking.&nbsp;</p><p>As a start, I looked up “collaboration” in the dictionary.&nbsp; Its two definitions amused me.&nbsp; Collaboration is first defined as “the act of working together with one or more people in order to achieve something”; and second, as “the betrayal of others by working with an enemy, especially an occupying force.”</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:23:35 +0000 Susan Hay Patrick 17074 at Your Nonprofit Wants You to Hear This <p><strong>Your Nonprofit Wants You to Hear This</strong></p><p>Hey, nonprofit board members, listen up.&nbsp; Your nonprofit organization has asked me to talk to you.&nbsp; Yes, you.&nbsp; I mean, I ASSUME your nonprofit wants me to talk to you.&nbsp; Otherwise, why would the CEOs of so many nonprofit organizations, from A to Z – from arts organizations to zoos – talk to me ABOUT you?&nbsp; They MUST want me to talk TO you.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 16:43:15 +0000 Susan Hay Patrick 15772 at Community Progress Brightens Gloomy February <p>One of my favorite cartoons shows two schoolboys in a blinding snowstorm.&nbsp;&nbsp; It’s dark out; they’re bundled up and hunched against the wind; clearly, they’re miserable.&nbsp; One boy looks at the other and says, “I can see why they made February the shortest month.”</p><p>That line resonates with me during these grey days and cold nights, especially when I often work on some pretty bleak subjects:&nbsp; kids dropping out of school, homelessness, childhood obesity, hunger.&nbsp; But bright spots of recent progress in those areas promise to make THIS February a lot less gloomy.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 17:07:34 +0000 Susan Hay Patrick 14690 at Let’s Put an End to the Overhead Myth <p>Nonprofit leaders joke that Missoula has five seasons:&nbsp; winter, spring, summer, fall – and fundraising.&nbsp; We’re in the thick of that season now at United Way of Missoula County.</p><p>We’re not alone.&nbsp; All over Missoula, banquets are being planned and grant proposals submitted.&nbsp; And donors – faced with a plethora of worthy causes – do their best to figure out which charities are most deserving.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 19:37:24 +0000 Susan Hay Patrick 14048 at