Happy New Year to you all! Around here, the beginning of a new year always energizes us to tackle everything we want to do, all at once. You will see what we mean when you dive into this month’s newsletter!

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

Here’s what we have for you in this edition:

1) New Article! Executive Transition as a Celebration of What is Possible (or How Standard Executive Hiring is Set Up to Fail)
2) New Store! The Download Depot!
3) New Products! 3 New Downloadable Tools to Use Now
4) New Website coming in February! Help 4 Consultants
5) Best of the Blog: So Much to Learn from the American Red Cross...
6) Use It Today: Special for Start-ups: Showing a Track Record
7) Community-Driven Brain Teaser: Young People and Philanthropy Part 2
8) Cool Distractions: Wonderful, Wonderful
9) Forward this Newsletter
10) What They're Saying
11) Tell us what you think!

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?


New Article: Executive Transition as a Celebration of What is Possible (or How Standard Executive Hiring is Set Up to Fail)
We are so tired of watching one after another Executive Transition go awry. If your organization is preparing for a key person to leave, read this PLEASE! And if you think you are not about to face an Executive Transition, but you do not have a plan just in case, read this PLEASE!

Learn more

New Store! The Download Depot!
As part of our seemingly ongoing site re-do, 2008 will add tons more downloadable products to the tools we offer. So we added a whole new place for them - the Download Depot. Check out what’s there - and check back as we add more!
Check it out!

New Products!
To cut the ribbon on the Download Depot, we have 3 new products this month - products to make your lives easier, and to help you create more impact in your communities!

What Do Funders Want? (And Why Do They Want It?)
Funder tested / funder approved!

The Most Important Thing Is...
Exercises for Determining Your Organization’s Core Values
Values exercises to move your board forward.

Life List Generator: A FriendRaising Tool
One of the most powerful strategies in FriendRaising, now available on its own!

New Website! Help 4 Consultants!
In February, we will be launching an entirely separate website - Help 4 Consultants. This site will be for all consultants, not just those working with nonprofit organizations. If you want to be notified when that site is up and running, let us know!
Notify me!

Best of the Blog: The American Red Cross and YOU
Hildy’s blog posts on the Red Cross were the most linked-to stories we have ever done this month. Perhaps that is because they don’t focus just on the Red Cross, but on what we can all learn from their mistakes, to apply to our own organizations.

What Can Your Organization Learn from the American Red Cross?

11 Ways to Focus on Vision and Values (the real issues at the Red Cross!)

Use It Today: Special for Start-ups: Showing a Track Record
How can you show you have a track record when you are just starting out? (The same goes for any new program, no matter how old your organization is!)
Learn more

Community-Driven Brain Teaser: Young People and Philanthropy (Part 2)
This was SUCH a hot topic in our newsletter last month, that we have continued the conversation at the blog, and we have added a great new book to our bookstore - Raising Charitable Children.

How can we get young people involved in philanthropy?
In case you missed last month’s brain teaser

Blog Post:

Raising Charitable Children
DP: The firefox tab on this product says Life List and QuickTools - they should all be just 1 or 2 words, no?

Cool Distractions: Wonderful, Wonderful
You can see from all we have been doing that things have been even more insane this month than our normal fever-pitch of activity. But when Hildy’s daughter shared this video, everything stopped. We all smiled. And for a moment, we could breathe.

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What They're Saying
Every month, hundreds of new subscribers sign up for our newsletter. Here's one of our favorite comments this month:
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Tell Us What You Think!
As we continue to develop the Community-Driven Institute, helping you create the future of your community, we hope you will let us know what you think. What would be helpful to have on our website, or to include in our newsletter? How have you used the products and programs we already have in place, and how have they worked for you? We appreciate the feedback, because our goal is to help you change the world (or just your piece of it). So let us know!

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.

Hildy and Dimitri

Community-Driven Institute
at Help 4 NonProfits


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