Susan Hay Patrick

Commentary
5:12 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Speaking Up

This is my last commentary for Montana Public Radio. I know they need this time for news, but I’ll miss being one of the public voices on Montana Public Radio.

So what’s on my mind as I sing my radio swan song? The election is over, thank heavens. I’m moving on to focus on the upcoming legislative sessions, both in Helena and in DC.

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Commentary - October 15th, 2014
1:01 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Suggestions for Civility

The views expressed don't reflect the views of this station

Lately I’ve been thinking about civility.  Or the lack of it.  I know – what a quaint notion in the 21st Century; the thought that – even in an election year – we can discuss important, provocative and even divisive issues with civility and mutual respect.  It sounds so…archaic.

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Commentary - September 16th, 2014
3:14 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Five Tips for Effective Philanthropy

The lake cabin is closed up; the boat’s in dry dock; the kids are back at school – all signs that fall is here.  And so is the beginning of the fall fundraising season.  Our mailboxes – both electronic and old-fashioned – are filling up with charitable appeals. 

So, let’s talk about how to be an effective philanthropist, whether you’re giving away 50 bucks or 50 grand.

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Commentary - August 19th, 2014
1:41 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Preventing Suicide Is Everybody’s Business

Robin Williams’ suicide has rocked the nation.  How could someone with such talent, so universally beloved, not see life as worth living? 

Closer to home, too many of us in western Montana have lost family, friends and colleagues to suicide.  Their deaths leave a hole in our hearts and in the fabric of our community.  As we grieve the loss of a loved one to suicide, we agonize over whether we missed warning signs, and ask ourselves what more we could have done. 

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Commentary - July 22nd, 2014
11:38 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Kids Count – And They Need Our Help

It’s summer in Montana – that means so much to celebrate about living in beautiful Big Sky country:  our lakes and rivers, mountains and trails; glorious national parks, a festival a week to enjoy.  Montana is a great place to live.  So I feel almost guilty in dropping a wet-blanket fact:  Montana is a great place to live, depending on who you are.

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Commentary - June 24th, 2014
3:22 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Lessons from Cambodia

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.   Congress created this international exchange in 1961, the same year the Berlin Wall was built.  The Cold War was entering the deep freeze and the Vietnam conflict was ramping up.  Montana’s great statesman Mike Mansfield hoped that an economic and cultural exchange program would build bridges between the U.S. and Southeast Asia.

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Commentary - May 27th, 2014
11:07 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Five-Minute Commencement Speech

 

 

This is the time of year for commencement speeches.  You know, that onerous tradition of making graduates suffer through a speech before handing them their diplomas. 

Few commencement speeches are memorable – my high-school one was, because the speaker was the actress Margaret Hamilton, the Wicked Witch in “The Wizard of Oz.”  Nobody really listened to the speech; we were all just waiting for her to say, “I’ll get you, my pretty” – which, of course, she did. 

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Commentary - April 29th, 2014
9:49 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Montana Nonprofits: The Economic Engines That Could

Montana Nonprofits:  The Economic Engines That Could

The other day, I ran into an old friend at the grocery store.  “Are you still with United Way?” she asked.  “Yes,” I said.  “And is that what you do full-time?” she continued.  I gave her the only answer that came to mind:  “I’m trying to get it down to full time,” I said.

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Commentary - April 1st, 2014
9:23 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Collaboration

Recently, I was asked to speak about collaboration in the nonprofit world:  what it is, why it’s important; what makes it work and what makes it fail.  That got me thinking. 

As a start, I looked up “collaboration” in the dictionary.  Its two definitions amused me.  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.”

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Commentary
9:43 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Your Nonprofit Wants You to Hear This

Your Nonprofit Wants You to Hear This

Hey, nonprofit board members, listen up.  Your nonprofit organization has asked me to talk to you.  Yes, you.  I mean, I ASSUME your nonprofit wants me to talk to you.  Otherwise, why would the CEOs of so many nonprofit organizations, from A to Z – from arts organizations to zoos – talk to me ABOUT you?  They MUST want me to talk TO you.

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