You think running your organization
Imagine doing that work in a place
where merely cashing a check is a weeks-long ordeal? Imagine failing to have a
quorum for meetings, because board members cant get past military
checkpoints? Imagine talking with board members on the phone, hearing gunfire
in the background.
Nora Lester Murad is one of the
founders of Dalia Association, a new community foundation in Palestine. We have
been blessed to have Nora agree to join us as a guest blogger at Creating the
You can see Noras first post
Until just a few years ago, Nora was
a college professor and consultant in Massachusetts. Then, in 2004, she and her
husband moved their three daughters halfway around the world, to the
Palestinian community of Beit Hanina, in Israeli controlled East Jerusalem.
With the immense influence of foreign aid in the region, Nora and others
founded Dalia Association out of the desire for Palestinians to guide their own
path to community development.
You will not want to miss Noras
Organization More Like the Red Cross Than You Think?
organization may have problems, but at least we dont have the Red
what youre thinking as you watch the news, think again.
plaguing the Red Cross are not what everyone thinks they are. And it is likely
your organization is facing many of those same problems. Youre just not
seeing them on the national news!
So we have dusted
off the case study / white paper we published 5 years ago - If I Were a
Consultant to the American Red Cross (or Your Organization!): Simple Things
Your Organization Can Learn from the Red Crosss Mistakes. And we have
updated it to get the point across: These issues are happening in many many
organizations - not just the Red Cross.
The need for new
blood, wishing you could accomplish more, misguided boards, staff turnover,
disengaged boards - the issues the Red Cross continues to get wrong are likely
affecting your organization as well.
This tiny guide
will help you identify whats really stopping your organization. And it
will show you how to start getting past those obstacles once and for
Were a Consultant to the American Red Cross (or Your Organization!): Simple
Things Your Organization Can Learn from the Red Crosss
|Holiday Gift Trifecta!
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|Best of the Blog:
Community Engagement -
Gardening in the Front Yard
Last month we offered a prize to the
best entry for favorite post at the Blog. We got some great
Our winner was this one:
Community Engagement - Gardening in the Front Yard
Submitted By: Jeane Vogel -
professional photographer and occasional fundraising
Jeanes note: This
is the best writing youve done in a long time (and thats saying
something!). It is dramatic proof that husbands and dogs and board presidents
will come and go - but when the mission is always out in front, the bountiful
harvest is sure to follow.
Got a favorite post at Hildys blog. Let us know which is
your fave, and WHY. (Please dont forget to tell us WHY!) The best entry
will win a signed copy of one of Hildys books as a thank you!CONTACT US
|Use it Today:
Pro Bono Professionals as
Boards often recruit professionals
who can donate their services - an attorney, an accountant, a marketing person,
etc. This months tip shows why this is a BAD idea. And it shows a better
way to get the help you need!
|Community-Driven Brain Teaser:
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:
can we grow the next generation of philanthropists?
|Attention AFP Members!
Philanthropy Day 2008
Hildy had such a blast keynoting
Philanthropy Day in Reno, Nevada this year. They sold more seats this year than
If you are interested in having Hildy
keynote 2008 Philanthropy Day in your community, let us know!
|Where Have We Been?
The California Fires
The gods of irony were watching over
us this fall, as we drove up and down the state of California, providing a
series of workshops for the California Fire Safe Council. The workshops were
all about Governing for What Matters, teaching boards how to hold themselves
accountable for creating the most possible impact in their
Just a few days into the series, the
Santa Ana Winds kicked fire into the region, with hundreds of thousands of
people evacuating. Never has our work had such direct meaning to us as it did
during the blazing weeks of these workshops.
A Very Cool Bank
This video had everyone in our office
saying, Whoa! Did you see that?! Akbank is Turkeys largest
private sector bank, and we have to say, banking never looked this
Dont miss the comments
underneath the video as well - some of the people in the video talk about how
they did the shoot.
You may also be curious to see the
extent to which Akbank is involved in the arts in Turkey - that is
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|What They're Saying
Here's our favorite comment this
month. We don't normally make these anonymous but after you read this you will
"We are an old but continually
floundering organization. Your article is going to be this board's first step
in the right direction in a long time."
|Tell Us What You
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hope you will let us know what you think. What would be helpful to have on our
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programs we already have in place, and how have they worked for you? We
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you, as always, for the work you do to make your communities better places to
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