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Its September. Usually September brings
anticipation of new beginnings - a throwback to our school days, I guess. We
had planned to announce all sorts of new things this month, and in the months
But that seems inappropriate in light of the disaster
resulting from hurricane Katrina. We know many of our subscribers are focused
solely on surviving, and that others are focused solely on finding those they
love. And so, instead of filling our newsletter with all sorts of new stuff, we
just wanted to share some thoughts during this tragedy - some thoughts about
living this life we've been given, and doing the work the nonprofit sector is
so blessed to be able to do.
The rest of the newsletter will follow up on some loose
ends we left hanging in our last newsletter. And we'll catch up on all that
other meatier stuff in the weeks ahead.
Please know that our thoughts are with
all who are struggling to find a place to stay; who are waiting to hear from
loved ones; who are dealing with the heartache of loss; and who are relieved to
have heard your loved ones are safe.
The Last Week of Our Lives
We have all been
surrounded this week with the reminder that life is short, and that we never
know when, in the snap of a cosmic finger, it will be cut
An ancient meditation practice has
been my saving grace this week. It is simple, but powerful. It puts life into
perspective, and urges us to do what is most important, at work and in our
Last month, we snuck the introduction
to our Life List Generator into our new article on Sustainability. Now we are
ready to introduce it formally.
The Life List Generator is a simple
tool for addressing one of the biggest fallacies ever stated by board members:
I'm not sure how I can help. My friends arent rich or
Board members dont realize how
many people they DO know - people who could provide tremendous support to our
With the Life List Generator, your
board will quickly see that they know just the right people to build an army of
support for your organization.
While you are there, check out the
audio clip we have added to that page, talking about the value of nurturing
friendships - real friendships - on behalf of our organizations.
( And for those who missed last
months article on Sustainability, click below for that
To What End? Introducing Community-Driven Governance
|Follow-Up and Special Offer - Free CD of Our Recorded
The response to
the recorded version of our teleclass has been terrific, as more and more folks
are introduced to the Community-Driven approach to boards and governance.
thing folks have asked for, though, is a CD in addition to the streaming
version, so they can listen in the car. And so, until we can re-work the
web-page to include that item, we thought we would create a special offer for
those who purchase the class now.
If you purchase the recorded version
of the class before September 15th, we will throw in the double-CD
of the class at no charge (We will be charging an additional $9.95 for the CD
after September 15th.)
So if you want to start your board on
the road to governing your organization for maximum impact - not just for your
organization, but for your community - sign up before September
15th. And well send you that double-CD set at no additional
And remember, the recorded version
of this class is also applicable for continuing education credit for all you
From the Salvation Army, to the
Humane Society, there are many organizations working to assist those affected
by the hurricane. We have therefore added a link to our home page, to take you
to the site of Network for Good - a site with links to a large number of
organizations assisting the victims of Katrina. In that way, you can choose the
organization that best reflects your desire to
|Support for the Hurricane
Whether you donate your dollars, your
time, or both, we urge you to do what you can to help.
hundreds of new subscribers sign up for our e-newsletter, most of whom learn
about our site from a friend or colleague.
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!
|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.