From the Desk of the Executive Director
by Charlie Bresler on Tuesday, March 13, 2018
We are putting the finishing touches on our 2017 Annual Report and 2018 Plan, which we will share in a separate email, so please look for it. We are excited about our opportunities and hope to add some more great staff in 2018 to help work on future growth projects.
Our recommended nonprofits continue their amazing work, some of which is featured in this newsletter. Congratulations to Village Enterprise on their recently published randomized c...
by Charlie Bresler on Tuesday, February 13, 2018
I send a special thanks to all of you who donated to our recommended nonprofits in 2017...and also to those who have supported our operating budget through donations to TLYCS itself.
In January, we sent out this message instead of our usual newsletter. I encourage you to look carefully at the content and see if you find the "personal best" approach outlined in it useful. If so, I hope you will employ it in your giving and s...
by Charlie Bresler on Wednesday, November 01, 2017
So incredibly sad! The mass shooting in Las Vegas, the hurricanes in Houston, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean, have been gut wrenching and grabbed our attention. For most, the recent floods in South Asia that killed 1,200 people and left 1.8 million children without schools have been much less salient. And the 8,000 children under 5 years old that die every day from easily preventable causes have been even less top of mind. Disasters close to home...
by Charlie Bresler on Wednesday, October 04, 2017
Thanks to everyone who provided the newsletter feedback we requested. Stacey, our designer, and Amy, our newsletter editor, are working on changes that will be reflected in next month's issue.
Those of you familiar with Peter Singer's "Girl in the Pond" thought experiment that has inspired many, including me, will be interested to know of a real life example at a recent wedding, where a groom jumped into a pond to save a drow...
by Charlie Bresler on Monday, September 04, 2017
If you are reading this, you are one of our more “engaged” subscribers. Our newsletter actually has a good “open rate”, I am told -- about 30% of the people we send it to open it. But the “click through” rate is pretty dismal, meaning that a low percentage of you who open the newsletter actually click on any of the links to go to another page.
So I am thinking about how to make the newsletter more exci...
by Charlie Bresler on Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Our Team is pleased that our impact is growing significantly -- revenue to our recommended nonprofits is up again significantly this year. This is happening because more of you are giving, and giving more generously! Thank you on behalf of the people living in extreme poverty that our recommended NGOs are assisting.
Our goal is to dramatically increase the number of subscribers and donors to TLYCS through the right partnerships, smart marketin...
by Charlie Bresler on Wednesday, July 05, 2017
Now that we are midway through 2017, it is a great time to take stock of where we stand with our New Year’s resolutions. What behaviors have we promised ourselves we would improve? Eat a healthier diet, including less meat or no meat (or even vegan)? Exercise more? Perhaps pay more attention to our families and, perhaps, a little bit less to our work? A wise person once told me that nobody ever said on their deathbed, “I wish I ...
by Charlie Bresler on Saturday, June 03, 2017
I frequently reflect on the international nature of our growth -- donors, partners, and staff. We are excited to welcome Stacey Black, who lives in Cape Town, South Africa, as a core staff member. Stacey will assist Llamil Silman (in Costa Rica) on the web and will manage various of our growing number of projects (she produced our recent 2016 Annual Report and our Strategic Plan). We also warmly welcome Renata Bergman, originally from Sao Paolo, ...
by Charlie Bresler on Tuesday, May 02, 2017
Last week I gave a talk on "Effective Giving" at Columbia to an audience of 75 students, primarily undergraduates. On a Wednesday night during exams, this seemed like an incredible turnout and their energy was infectious. I told the audience that in the late 60's, when I was an undergraduate, the only way we could have gotten that many students in a room other than to protest the War in Vietnam was if there were lots of drugs available :) The ev...
by Charlie Bresler on Monday, April 03, 2017
The current famine in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia, and Nigeria that threatens the lives of 20 million people must command our attention in the sea of concerns about the political situation in the United States and Europe, as well as the ongoing fight to reduce the devastating effects of extreme poverty. Our recent blog, African Famine Relief: How to Respond?, describes some of the issues that the crisis raises for us at The Life Yo...