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Aug 2007

What a wet summer we have had! Summer storms in the desert are violent, lightning-filled affairs, topped by rainbows in all directions - a splendor to behold. With all this rain, gardens are blooming, weeds are thriving, and we are all getting plenty of outdoor exercise, digging and clearing and tending to the beauty of our world. We hope your summer (or winter for our friends south of the equator) has been just as enjoyable!

   If you missed our last newsletter, you will find it here: CLICK   

We have a lot in store for you in this edition:

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Special Feature: What Happens When Plagiarism Strikes

NEW Article: 7 Things Schools and Hospitals Can Do to Make Their Communities Amazing Places to Live

Use It Today: Board Giving Policy
Community-Driven Brain Teaser: High Expectations: Is There More to a Board's Role than Legal Oversight?

Best of the Blog: 11 Things Funders Can Do to STOP Competitive Funding

Cool Distractions: Taylor Mali on Teachers!
Do You Live in California? In October and November, we will be all over California, from coast to interior, from north to south.
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Please read and enjoy, and pass these items along. We know it will help you improve the quality of life in your community. And isn't that why we all do the work we do?

Special Feature:
What Happens When Plagiarism Strikes
What happens when one of the most popular articles at a website is stolen outright? When someone puts his name on that article, and publishes it as his own in a national magazine? CLICK HERE

And which article was it? Why Boards Micromanage and How to Get Them to Stop CLICK HERE

NEW Article:
7 Things Schools and Hospitals Can Do to Make Their Communities Amazing Places to Live
Healthcare and Education are the cornerstones of our communities. What can happen when we stop seeing them as "problems to be solved" and start seeing them as opportunities to turn our communities into healthy, educated, vibrant places to live? CLICK HERE

Use it Today:
Board Giving Policy
If board members already give of their time, should they have to give money also? If they get others to give, should they have to give themselves? YES!
Learn more

Community-Driven Brain Teaser:
High Expectations: Getting Beyond the Watchdog Role
As you start aiming your work at creating the future of your community, new ways of seeing often catch you by surprise. So here is this month's Brain Teaser:

Is there more to a board member's life than just oversight? Can't we do better than that? Is being the watchdog all we can really expect from ourselves?
Learn more

Best of the Blog:
11 Ways Funders Can Create More Community Benefit

Everyone hates the fact that competition for funds pervades our work. But is it possible funders are actually creating that competition? Check out Hildy's blog:

• 11 Ways Funders Can Avoid CompetitionCLICK HERE

• 11 Ways Funders Can Encourage CollaborationCLICK HERE

Cool Distractions
Taylor Mali
Are you passionate about education? Could you use a laugh? Then check out Taylor Mali - poet, comedian, teacher, education advocate. You will laugh out loud, and you will hoot and holler in support, right there at your computer!

•  What Teachers MakeSee it here

•  Like You KnowSee it here

We saw Taylor Mali when he highlighted the KIPP Schools' national convention this year. We have been honored to be working with KIPP, and it was hard to believe anything could top the energized day we spent with the boards of their 50+ schools. But listening to an orchestra filled with kids who had been written off by our public school systems, and watching the energy of the teachers who help those kids educate themselves - well if anything is a testimony to the value of high expectations, it is KIPP's success rate. (If you are interested in learning more about KIPP, CLICK )

For more on Taylor Mali, head to his website, where you can buy his poetry and CDsCLICK HERE

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What They're Saying

Every month, hundreds of new subscribers sign up for our newsletter. Now folks are signing up at our blog as well! Here's one of our favorite comments this month:

"Your work has, and now with your Blog will continue to have, a ripple effect on the community, and I look forward to participating in it with you AND watching it happen!"

Tracey Sisson
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Thank you, as always, for the work you do to make your communities better places to live. We wish for you all the possibilities life holds.

Community-Driven Institute
at Help 4 NonProfits
4433 E. Broadway Blvd. Ste 202
Tucson, Arizona 85711
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