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Building Community-Driven Organizations

November 2005
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We’re not sure what it is about autumn, but every year, things go crazy work-wise in the fall. This year, that is coupled with our own internal developments - writing new articles, developing new classes, publishing new books...

Rather than pack this newsletter so full you can’t read it all, we have made the decision to split some of our news into smaller chunks. So look for another couple of newsletters in between our normal run, till the end of the year. Hopefully by January we will be back to normal - although at the rate things are happening around here, we may just have even MORE stuff for you by then!

Here’s what you will find in this newsletter:

Newsletter Index Links
1) New Article: Board Diversity: A Bigger Issue Than You Think
2) New Recorded Class: Monitoring: The Heart of Board Accountability and Effectiveness
3) Founders and Diapers: A Personal Story with Lessons for Founders Everywhere
4) Special for Tucson subscribers: Workplace Diversity, taught by Tucson’s own Diane Katz
5) Looking for Stories (and offering a reward!)
6) Sharing this Newsletter
7) Sneak Preview: An intimate look at New Orleans and more Community-Driven programs!

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 really why we all do the work we do?

New Article:
Board Diversity: A Bigger Issue Than You Think
Is your board concerned about Board Diversity? Are you having trouble finding Board Members from different backgrounds? From different age groups? Different religions?

If Board Diversity is an issue for your board, our latest article will help guide you.

But be prepared. As with many things here at our Community-Driven Institute, the issue of Board Diversity goes deeper than you might think...

New Recorded Class:
Monitoring: The Heart of Board Accountability and Effectiveness CLICK
Your board is accountable for everything that goes on at your organization.

• How can the board keep track of it all?

• How can you be sure things are not falling through the cracks?

The answer: Monitoring

It seems even the best boards do not monitor well. As we searched to find tools to help with monitoring, we learned there are not many tools to do the job.

So we recorded a class to give your board practical tools to make monitoring a seamless part of their work.

• Monitoring at the Board Table (and the critical role of the Board Secretary)

• Monitoring / Evaluating the Executive Director

• Monitoring and Board Committees

• Monitoring the Performance of Individual Board Members

• Monitoring without Micromanaging

This 90 minute recorded class will give your board a crate-full of tools to immediately become more proactive - more consciously accountable.

For a more effective, more actively accountable board,
CLICK to learn more - and to listen to a sample from the class!

Founders and Diapers:
A Personal Story with Lessons for Founders Everywhere
Many of our readers know that we are not only the force behind Help 4 NonProfits & Tribes, but that we also founded 2 nonprofit organizations addressing the needs of vulnerable populations of all ages - the Diaper Banks in both Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona.

Since our last newsletter, we have wept the tears of a parting parent, attending our last Diaper Bank board meeting, as we retired from the board of directors of the Southern Arizona Community Diaper Bank in Tucson. (We retired from the Phoenix board a year or so ago).

For those who have watched our journey since that 1st Diaper Drive back in 1994, we wanted to share how that story ends (or at least changes - does anything ever end when you are a parent?).

And many of you have been interested in what we have learned about Founders Syndrome, having built and then left not one, but 2 amazing organizations. If that is you, read on:

We have often said that starting the Diaper Banks made us far more knowledgeable and far more humble as consultants. We have known the fear of trying to meet payroll and trying to do a million things at once. But we also know what it's like to let go, and know intimately the things that stand in the way of that.

So first, we wanted to share with you the article our local paper wrote about our departure. One interesting point is that this article appeared NOT in the Lifestyle section, but in the Business section. The opening line of that story reads:

"Business owners often say the sure sign of success is leaving the firm in the hands of others and moving on. By that measure, the Southern Arizona Community Diaper Bank is a barn burner...." For the full article

We have also updated both the article about Founders Syndrome and the resource page for that article. The article is called “Founder’s Syndrome? Who Me?”

The resource page for the article is here.

The Diaper Banks will always be our children, and we will always enjoy pitching in to help however we can. But knowing our “kids” are fully grown and able to stand on their own feet - well that is a legacy we are really proud of.

Special for Tucson Subscribers
November 18th Workshop re: Workplace Diversity
Those subscribers lucky enough to live in Tucson, Arizona are in for a treat. Diane Katz, renowned Human Resource specialist, has started doing workshops on some incredible topics. And because of our focus on Board Diversity this month, we thought we would let folks know about her upcoming workshop on Staff Diversity.

If your organization has a diverse workforce; if your managers need to relate to a diverse group of constituents - Diane’s full-day workshop is called, “Boxes with Doors: Understanding and Appreciating Differences.” The workshop is on Friday, November 18th, from 8:30 - 4:30 (lunch and snacks provided) at the gorgeous Hacienda del Sol resort. In addition to sharing Dianes energy and knowledge, all participants also get a 60 page manual!

For more info, please contact Diane directly at The Working Circle, 520-544-0687

How Do You Use Our Stuff?
Looking for Stories (And Offering a Reward!)
In our July newsletter, we asked you to share stories of how you have used our stuff, so we can add your stories when we start re-tooling our website next year. After reading some of those stories, we are hooked! So we wanted to invite you again to tell us “How do you use our stuff?”

Have you used our Life List Generator? Do you have a story you can share? Perhaps a before and after? Did our Magic Matrix help guide your organization to more effective fundraising?

Or how about our Board Recruitment Workbook, or our Speaker Workbook? What about our articles and tips? Our workshops, both live and recorded - how have you used what weve provided? How have those tools worked for you? What happened? Tell us a story!

As we rework our website next year, focusing entirely on our Community-Driven approach, we would love to add your stories. And if we wind up using your story, we will send you a gift certificate, good towards purchasing our “stuff”!

So tell us - how do you use what you have received from Help 4 NonProfits & Tribes?

Share This Newsletter:
Every month, hundreds of new subscribers sign up for our e-newsletter, most of whom learn about our site from a friend or colleague. Here’s one of our favorite comments this month:

I just found your website today - THANK YOU! The resources are terrific - I know I'll be coming back again and again!

L. Tanz, Imperial, Missouri, USA

And because board members so rarely receive information on how to do their job better, please be sure to pass this newsletter along to your board. Or better yet, sign them all up to receive a copy of their own!

Sneak Preview:
Great Stuff On the Way!
As we said, things are rockin’ and rollin’ here, and we are looking forward to getting great stuff out to you in the next weeks!

Later this month, Julie Condy, a subscriber from the children’s theater group Stage-to-Stage in New Orleans, will give us an inside glimpse into the New Orleans her family has loved for generations, and what is happening there now. We are excited to share Julie’s stories with you, as the New Orleans she remembers will never be the same.

Our FriendRaising book will finally be available; we will have more classes to announce; and we are cooking up some extra holiday goodies, as folks around the world prepare for the touch of madness that comes with the end of the year. Our newsletter will add one or two additional editions in the months remaining in 2005, so stick around!

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.

Help 4 NonProfits & Tribes Institute
4433 E. Broadway Blvd. Ste 202
Tucson, Arizona 85711
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