Life is not a dress rehearsal. Stop practicing what you're going to do and just go do it. --Marilyn Grey

Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what youve got to say, and say it hot. --D. H. Lawrence

They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. --Carl W. Buechne

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. --Winston Churchill

A passive and ignorant citizenry will never create a sustainable world. --Andrew Gaines

Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door. --Kyle Chandler


Unless your efforts are within your immediate community, most of your communication will probably be through email. Emails for staff at both nonprofits and corporations are easily accessible online. Whether you are communicating with a partner or reaching out to someone for the first time, here are a few tips:

  • Be professional, but don’t be afraid to use a more personal beginning to your email like “Dear” and ending with “Best,” or “Take care”.
  • Be concise by explaining why you are reaching out within the first few sentences of your email. If you have a lot to share, ask to schedule a conference call whenever is convenient with your contact.
  • Be courteous. Give your contact ample time (a few weeks) to respond. It shows interest if you follow up with a quick email if you don’t hear back, but you want to provide adequate time for an answer first.  Don’t forget to thank the person for their time and support. Offer to help with their projects if applicable.
  • If you are reaching out to someone for the first time, be passionate. Explain why your project matters and why they should care too.
  • Don’t leave people hanging. It is respectful to be timely with your emails. Let people know if you won’t be able to get back to them for awhile ahead of time.