||A Look at
If we are going to create significant
impact in our communities, we need to stop focusing on the shortfall, and start
aiming at sustainability for the long haul.
If you have not
checked out the sustainability articles in our library, here are a few to get
Sustaining Your Mission for the
Work with What You've Got: A Model
for NonProfit Financial Sustainability
FriendRaising and Your
Books for Building Support!
We carry only our
favorite books at our bookstore. If you have not checked out the Fundraising /
Resource Development section, there is great stuff there.
Writing Fundraising Letters
IT'S ALL HERE!
|FREE Sustainability Workshop:
Resource Development. Community
Engagement. Sharing resources. Collaboration. FriendRaising. Sustainability.
Want to learn how to put all that
Want practical tips you can use right
Want to be inspired, jazzed, ready to
link arms to make your community an amazing place?
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|Best of the Blog:
The Sad, Sad Triumph of
Means Over Ends
What happens when means trump end
results? Sadly, this happens every single day.
This month's Best of the Blog is
"I Only Hurt You Because I Love You." It was chosen the "best" at the
urging (ok, pleading and whining and "please please please!") of our staff, who
have spent the past few weeks sending this post to everyone they know.
So what's the antidote? Here are 11
Ways to start focusing on the end results we want!
Got a favorite post at Hildy's blog?
Let us know which is your fave, and WHY. The best entry will win a signed copy
of one of Hildy's books as a thank you!LET US
|Use It Today:
How can your board be MORE attentive
to the organization's key indicators, in LESS time? How can even the least
financially literate board member understand the financials? A dashboard can
help get you all this and more!
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:
What do you want your Executive
Director to accomplish this year?
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Create Amazing Communities!
We can create amazing communities.
Don't believe it?
Consider this: We are creating
the future, every day, with every action we take and every decision we make.
From that, creating an amazing future for our communities is not just possible
- it's our responsibility!
That's the movement we are about to
A movement to create visionary,
comprehensive improvement in our communities.
A movement to aim our work at what
A movement to aim this sector at
making our communities amazing places to live.
There is much to do! Will you join
Attention Book-a-holics! Stay away
from this month's Cool Distraction! (Don't say we didn't warn you!)
If your love of books borders on the
unnatural, then you will love BookCrossing.com.
The premise is simple: Share the
books you love with the world. Just take a favorite book, and put a note on the
cover explaining, "I'm not lost - please read me!" Then leave that book in a
public place, and let BookCrossing track the book's journey.
Leave an uplifting book in a hospital
waiting room. Leave a funny book at a bar. Leave a book about meditation or
journal-writing at an assisted living facility; a book about global warming at
a plant nursery. Our minds are going wild with the possibilities!
Come up with a great place to set free
one of Hildy's books! The best idea will win a copy of that book for you, and a
second copy to set free!LET US
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