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Rob is a sought after keynote speaker. He speaks and writes on issues relating to nonprofits, leadership, spirituality, social-justice and personal development.
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Hometown Hero Award!

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[Rob Harter was awarded the “Hometown Hero” award for Park City, in the Salt Lake Magazine “Best of the Beehive” for 2016.]

What a honor to be given this award. I truly consider myself lucky to be able to work at CCPC and with such great people. To me this award reflects our whole team and how hard they all work!” Check out the article here: (pg. 107: https://issuu.com/saltlakemagazine/docs/ja16_digital_edition)

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We Don’t Eat Together Anymore Could the dinner table become the catalyst to regaining our sense of relational connectedness?

I was interviewing Ken Kullack, a local leader of a nonprofit Community Garden, on my podcast this week and when answering why he was so passionate about Community Gardens, he stated that one of his main reasons related to the growing trend of American families no longer eating together.

For some time now, there has been a clear trend of families grabbing food “on the go”, in the car or in front of a TV or computer screen, instead of around a table with their family.

This trend mirrors a sharp decline in our culture today of overall connecting with each other. In general, we are connecting less, volunteering less and having less actual face-to-face social (non-digital) interaction. It seems that America is becoming the loneliest nation in the world. In fact, the late Mother Theresa once stated that loneliness is the “leprosy” of modern society, especially in the West.

Could the dinner table become the catalyst to regaining our sense of relational connectedness?
According to current studies, “the majority of American families report eating a single meal together less than five days a week.”(2) Not only that, but I later learned that children who do not eat with their parents at least twice a week were 40 percent more likely to bet overweigh compared to those who do according to recent research (3).

Conversely, children who eat with ether parents at least five or more days a week eat healthier and even have better academic performance. There are many reasons cited for these results regarding children’s health with the main reason being the fact that most meals eaten away from the home are most often less healthy than a meal cooked at home.

We all want our kids to be healthy and we certainly want our kids to perform well academically. Perhaps we need to relook at the simple practice of sharing a meal together as a positive step towards those goals. What if we as Americans began to reestablish the dinner table as a place of connection with our family and our friends without the distraction of the ubiquitous digital devices in our lives?

The health and well being of our kids is too important to overlook.
Bon Appetit.

 
Ibid.

 

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Podcast with Ken Kullack Summit Community Gardens Executive Director

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I invited Ken Kullack, Executive Director of the Summit Community Gardens, to join me in the studio to tell us more about the Community Gardens. Ken is a recent transplant from the East Coast and from the For-Profit world and now is living in Park City with his family and leading a Nonprofit full time. He gives an overview of all that they do with and through the Community Gardens and speaks to the key partnerships that have made this possible, among other interesting topics. Enjoy the show! Nonprofit Leadership Podcast is sponsored by CCPC.

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It Is Not About You… Thoughts on Nonprofit Leadership from Marc Pitman's Podcast

The very beginning of Rick Warren’s book “The Purpose Driven Life” has this bold statement as the very first sentence: “It’s not about you”.

 

This is not exactly a warm and fuzzy way to start a book. However, he makes a powerful point: life at its essence is not first and foremost about you. This is certainly the mentality that effective leaders of nonprofits have when it comes to leading their nonprofits.

 

Effective leaders put the needs of the community foremost on their minds, not their professional advancement, personal agenda or their desire for a community-wide, collective “attaboy”.

 

When I was recently interviewing Marc Pitman, known around the country as the “Fundraising Coach”, on my nonprofit leadership podcast, he reminded me and all of our listeners about the fact that when one starts and/or leads a nonprofit, that person essentially gives up that nonprofit to the community and the board that governs you.

 

It is no longer “yours”. It never was. Additionally, he went on to talk about the importance of becoming aware of your donor’s needs in order to more effectively communicate the mission of your organization and how it matches a donor’s desire to make the greatest impact with their resources.

 

Effective leaders are others-centered. 

 

I do not think this means that leaders are to completely ignore their own motivation, personal experience or individual wiring.

 

What it does mean is that the primary focus of one’s mission and the key deciding factors in decision making have to move beyond a person’s individual needs and desires to the needs of the community and the world.

 

I wonder how much more good can be done in our world, if leaders really took this to heart?

 

One of the quotes that continually reminds me to move beyond myself is the statement by Frederick Buchner’s who said: “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”

 

It is not enough to serve simply out of your “deep gladness”, the world’s great needs and deep hunger must shape our mindset and inform our decision making.

 

It starts with me, and with you.
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11th Annual Governor’s Native American Summit Building Partnerships That Create Sustainable Change

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Rob was honored to participate in the Governor’s Annual Native American Summit and provided a seminar entitled: “Building Partnerships That Create Sustainable Change For The Future”. His seminar highlighted the relationship between CCPC and the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation, and how together they are seeking to create sustainable change for the next generation. He talked about how to create a community partnerships, where to go to secure funding for projects, how to develop and oversee a community-needs assessment, how to start a Community Garden Project, how to address the needs of the local school located within the community and how they are addressing the needs of the Goshutes beyond the reservation.

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Back 2 School Basics 2016

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Jarrett Ransom Podcast The Rayvan Group - A Nonprofit Consulting Firm

JarrettOur guest on today’s show is Jarrett Ransom. Jarrett has a fascinating story that includes her overcoming significant odds of which she now uses to share with others in order to help them through their challenges. Jarrett is the founder and owner of The Rayvan Group a nonprofit consulting firm focusing on sustainable practices for nonprofits worldwide. She also founded a women’s empowerment nonprofit called ReAwaken that focuses on women who may find themselves rebuilding, re-branding and overcoming their own personal obstacles. Enjoy today’s show. Sponsored by CCPC

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Rob on Fox 13

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Alex Eaton Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Utah

 

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Today I enjoyed interviewing Alex Eaton, the Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Utah. Alex brings over 20 years of for-profit and nonprofit leadership experience to the Foundation, recently serving as CFO of the Girl Scouts of Utah. In addition to her executive leadership experience, she has deep financial and investment management expertise, including nearly a decade with Goldman Sachs. Among several topics covered, she will focus on one of the most underrated skills of nonprofit leaders. Enjoy today’s show, as you find out what this underrated skill is!

Podcast is sponsored by CCPC.
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Mark A. Pitman The Fundraising Coach

Mircea Divricean is not only a friend of mine, a fellow board member at the UNA with me, but he is an impactful leader doing wonderful work across this state, specifically as President and CEO of the Kostopulos Dream Foundation, known as Camp Kostopulos. He will talk about the shifting trends in Nonprofits today due to the impact and influence of the Millennial generation. If you are trying to figure out how to recruit, manage and inspire Millennials, you will want to hear what Mircea has to say. Enjoy today’s show!

Podcast is sponsored by CCPC. #makingyourworldbetter

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