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Charles in Charge

The new boy in the neighborhood

Lives downstairs, and it’s understood

He’s there just to take good care of me

Like he’s one of the family…

We’re thrilled to welcome a newest member of the GlobalGiving’s Tech Team.  No, not Scott Baio, but Charles Koppelman.

I’ve asked him a few questions so we can all get to know him.

A:  What is your name?
C:  Charles Koppelman last I checked.

A:  What attracted you to GlobalGiving?
C:  The true power of the web is its ability to connect people who have something to people who want something. GlobalGiving is using that power to help people do amazing local projects worldwide, and it’s also using that power to explain to the casual web surfer what sort of great work is being done.

A:  Name five words to describe yourself.
C:  Punny, active, social, kind, nocturnal

A:  What color socks are you wearing?
C:  Boring black.

A:  What’s your favorite board game?
C:  Settlers of Cattan or Blokus

A:  What’s your favorite TV Show/Movie/Book?
C:  Family Guy, The Sword and the Stone

A:  Have you ever watched the show Charles in Charge?
C:  Of course!  I loved Scott Baio. (editor’s note: Who doesn’t?!)

A:  Name 2 interesting facts about yourself.  Name one untrue thing.  Put them in any order.
C:  I once came within 5 feet of a black bear and her cub, I love licorice, and I can throw wheel pottery.

A:  What’s on your iPod?
C:  I know I’m supposed to be in IT and love technology, but I don’t have an iPod.  I didn’t even have Internet at home until February.

A:  If you were stuck on a deserted island, what three things would you take with you?
C:  Food, a flashlight, and lots of music.

A:  Who would win in a fight, Superman, Batman or Spiderman?  Why?
C:  Batman’s nothing without his belt, and all Spiderman can do is climb walls… But Superman is too nice to fight them.  I’d say Batman wins.

A:  When you drop food on the floor, do you observe the 5 second rule?
C:  Come on!  Dry food gets more than 5 seconds!

A:  When you played Oregon Trail, did you set out as the banker from Boston, the carpenter from Ohio, or the farmer from Illinois?
C:  I just remember catching my first bear :)

GlobalGiving Tips for Beating the Heat

It;s really hot at GG HQ in Washington, DC.  We’re all a little bit weary, so for fun, I asked all the GG staff in the office today to complete the sentence “It’s so hot…”

 It’s so hot…

…Hot?! It’s not hot.  It’s 117 degrees in Kuwait City.  Now that’s hot. (Joan) 

…I ate hot sauce to cool down. (Cecilia)

…you can fry an egg on the sidewalk. (Tanveer)

…I had some iced VOSS(Robert)

…all three networks’ news anchors have decided to cover Barack Obama’s trip to Iraq not because they think it’s newsworthy, but because they think it’ll be cooler in Iraq. (Michael)

…all the water buffalo at the zoo have evaporated. (Greg)

…that it can be characterized as “wicked” hot. (Alison)

…all I want is a Rita’s mint chocolate chip cream ice. (Marisa)

…I can’t think of anything funny to say. (Kevin)

But, at GlobalGiving, we’re about finding solutions to our problems, so we also compiled a list of GlobalGivers’ favorite ways to beat the heat.

Alison: Hang out in the GG conference room (and play Wii). 

Cecilia: Head over to my friend’s place for Iron Chef Night.  8:00 p.m., see you there!

Tanveer: Go see The Dark Knight at an IMAX theater.

Marisa: Try the cream ice’s at Rita’s.

Michael: Drink plenty of non-alcoholic / non-ceffeinated beverages, and place ice cubes on wrists/ankles/back of the neck.

Wylia: Drink a Mint Julep in the shade with a personal “fanner”

Robert: Drink more water VOSS.

Happy Friday, everyone!

Oh Cecilia

I wanted to welcome new GlobalGiving staffer, Cecilia Snyder.  As you can see by the picture on the right, she’s ready to go!  She is joining our Supply Fortress as the Community Marketing Manager, and we’re excited to have her join the GG Team.

To introduce her to you, our blog readers, I sat down with her and got the answers to some pressing and important issues.

A: What is your name?

C: Cecilia Snyder

A: What attracted you to GlobalGiving?

C: Innovative giving model, especially the idea of local organizations being able to promote themselves to a large audience.

A: Describe yourself in 5 words.

C: Creative, Goofy, Passionate, Musical, …

A: Where have you never been, but would like to go?

C: Petra

A: Pancakes, waffles or French toast?


A: What’s your favorite book/TV show/movie?

C: All the President’s Men, Law and Order, All the President’s Men

A: What’s playing on your iPod right now?

C: Beatles

A: Name two interesting facts about you.  Name one untrue thing.  Put them in any order.

C: I was a rock n’ roll singer in high school.  I have pet ferrets.   I grew up all over the world.

A: What’s your favorite Starbucks drink?

C: Double Tall Latte

A: What’s your favorite board game?

C: Scrabble

A: What’s your favorite karaoke song?

C: Anything by ABBA

A: Do you have any hidden talents?

C: Hmmm. I am GREAT at Charades.

Hot Town, Summer in the City

I like music. Despite my apparent obsession with U2, I do actually listen to other music.

And when this auction for Jimmy Buffett tickets, with 10% of the proceeds going to GlobalGiving, popped up in my email, I went to YouTube and started listening to Margaritaville.

Sometimes songs will remind me of experiences, places, people, or just a particular point in time. And there’s no better example of that reminder than songs of summer. The following 5 songs are distinctly summery to me.   

Feel free to comment with your own musical summer reminders; I’d love to hear them!

5. Bananarama – Cruel Summer

4. Madonna – La Isla Bonita

3. U2 – Beautiful Day (had to have at least one reference)

2. DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince – Summertime

1. The Lovin’ Spoonful – Summer in the City

The Future of Philanthropy: Giving 2.0

From the Stanford Social Innovation Review posted a very nice article about philanthropy. 

 On full disclosure, GlobalGiving is mentioned in the article.