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Feng Shui Your Cubicle

Feng shui consultant Alison Marks wants you to be happier at work:

Work at a nonprofit? When's the last time you gave some love to your work space?

We in nonprofits often suffer from the misconception that just because we don't have a lot of money and time, we have to make do with so-so -- or even junky -- offices. It's not true!

Our environments are mirrors for us, reflecting back to us the intentions we put into them. The "style" of nonprofit offices tells the world and ourselves whether what goes on within our walls is important enough to deserve a little attention.

Enhance the energy

Here are a few quick feng shui tips that will help you feel better -- and perform better -- while at work . . .

Life on Planet 501c: Contest Winners

To mark our first year of chronicling the ups and downs of nonprofit life, we asked readers to enter our competition for the a wacky nonprofit moment. Congratulations to Toronto fundraiser and AIDS educator Ann Rosenfield, for her story "Personal Use." Ann would have received a box of tasty avocados, but tells us that they can't be shipped to Canada from the U.S., so graciously suggested we give the crate to a local nonprofit. We have two runners up, as well: Davina Grace Hill's "Purse to Hip" and Paul Danicic's "First Week Blues." Here's Ann's story of Life on Planet 501c3:

Winner: Personal Use

In the 1980s, I was on the board of an international human rights and health education charity. Our executive director was going on a trip to the Soviet Union to do HIV prevention education work. She was bringing 30,000 World Health Organization condoms with her . . .

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