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June 2003

Well, yes, it’s been a while. And yes, this is supposed to be a monthly newsletter. But life somehow caught up with us these past few months, and well - here we are, and it’s June already! (I’ve always said if we were to pen our memoirs, the title would be “And Then Life Intervened”.)

We have a ton of stuff to share with you. Three new articles. New resource pages. And 2 new workbooks on the way!

1) Featured Article: “The Dirty Little Secret of NonProfit Boards”
2) Featured Article: “10 Stop Signs on the Road to Board Recruitment”
3) Featured Article: “Founders Syndrome? Who, Me?”
4) Featured Book: Board Recruitment and Orientation: A Step-by-Step, Common Sense Guide
5) Featured Resources: Our New Resource Pages!
6) Featured Link: Charity Channel’s Boards Discussion Forum
7) Don’t Let Money Stop You: Creative Ways to Bring the Help 4 NonProfits Team to Your Organization!
8) Sharing this Newsletter
9) Sneak Preview: 2 New Basic Training Workbooks Coming Soon!

 Please read and enjoy, and pass all this new stuff along! We know it will help you improve the quality of life in your community. And isn’t that really why we all do the work we do?

Before we get into our features this month, we’d like to address 2 points to those of you going through budget review.

1) If your organization has a $1million budget, and you are spending time discussing an item that costs $10,000 or less, that is 1% of your budget. Get real and stop quibbling. By taking all that time on that 1% item, you are likely ignoring the part of the budget that will most affect your community - the other 99%!

2) When it comes to budget priorities, have you got any? Are there lines your organization won’t cross? What about program quality? Number of people served by the mission? If the reason you exist is the community, are they the priority for your budget? Our communities need us now more than ever. So what are your budget priorities?

We now return you to our features, already in progress....

Featured Article: “The Dirty Little Secret of NonProfit Boards”
On virtually every board there are board members who do not understand how to read a balance sheet, a profit & loss statement, or any of the other financial data boards typically review and vote on. Yet the board is still accountable for what these board members DON’T KNOW! If this sounds like your board, read on... •>CLICK

Featured Article: “Founder’s Syndrome? Who, Me?”
Much has been written about Founder’s Syndrome, but little of it has been written from the point of view of the founder him/herself. Because in our “other life” we are the founders of a small and growing charitable organization, we feel uniquely qualified to talk about Founder’s Syndrome from both sides of the fence. If you’re looking for an article on Founder’s Syndrome that pulls no punches, read on... •>CLICK

Featured Article: “10 Stop Signs on the Road to Board Recruitment”
We talk a lot about board recruitment, but the thing no one talks about is WHETHER to recruit new members to the board. There are actually times when recruitment could do more harm than good! See how many of these warning signs apply to your board... •>CLICK

Our Featured Book: “Board Recruitment and Orientation: A Step-by-Step, Common Sense Guide”
So you’ve read the article warning you about recruiting if you’re not ready, and you are sure your board is indeed ready to recruit (or you feel you have no choice and are pushing forward anyway). There is no better recruitment tool than our own step-by-step guide.

Here’s just one of our favorite testimonials:
An ED loaned his copy of the workbook to his board president.
As recruitment time approached, the president confessed the book was so good, he had re-loaned it to a friend - and the friend never gave it back! “So please,” came the phone call, “Can I order 3 copies this time? Maybe then we can actually get to use it!”

If you don’t have your own copy of Board Recruitment and Orientation: A Step-by-Step, Common Sense Guide, you are missing an opportunity to recruit your board the RIGHT way! •>CLICK

New Resource Pages!
To try and bring more depth to the articles in our Help 4 NonProfits library, we have begun adding Resource Pages to the end of each article. These resource pages will provide links to other articles or other websites, books, forms, and - well - resources! We have begun with the Boards articles, and will soon be adding Resource Pages to all the articles in the Help 4 NonProfits library. Please let us know if these pages are helpful to you!

Featured Link: Charity Channel
We often refer to Charity Channel as the Free Tip Worth Its Weight in Gold. If you’ve never been to Charity Channel, you are missing one of the best sources for NonProfit Board education around. •>CLICK

Don’t Let Money Stop You: Creative Ways to Bring the Help 4 NonProfits Team to Your Organization!
The charitable sector has always had to scrimp and save, but these days, times are even tighter. And if it's harder to fund your programs, it's getting even harder to fund training and technical assistance!

But if there is one thing we teach at Help 4 NonProfits, it's that there are always creative ways to do what you think you can't afford to do. So if you really want to bring the Help 4 NonProfits team to your community, •>CLICK here and let us help you figure out how to do just that!

Share this Newsletter With a Friend!
Every month we get hundreds of new subscribers, most of whom learn about our site from a friend or colleague. Here's just one of the comments we received this month, from Ron Bulmer of Clarity Mentoring in Halifax, Nova Scotia:

“I enjoy all your materials, discussion group commentary and work. If I could choose only one mentor group to use, it would be Help 4 NonProfits.”

With new board members joining your board, consider signing up your whole board for this newsletter. Board members receive information so infrequently on how to do their job better, so please - pass this newsletter along to them!

Sneak Preview:
In the coming months you will be seeing a lot happening at Help 4 NonProfits. We are planning a website re-do, to make the site more user-friendly for you. We have new articles to write. And in the next few months, we will be publishing the next 2 workbooks in the Basic Training series - the Basic Training 4 NonProfits “Vision Builder” and our “Organizational Values Guide.” We will let you know as soon as they are available!

That’s all for now. We hope these tools (and the other articles at help your organization improve the quality of life in your community. Because truly, that’s all that counts.

Hildy and Dimitri
Help 4 NonProfits & Tribes

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