How is a Potato Like a Nonprofit? editor notes issue #91

Take a good look at a potato. Imagine trying to understand a potato. You can examine it, read about it, read an evaluation of it, and yet fail to get even a glimpse into a potato. To understand a potato, you have to get your hands dirty (literally) and make it into french fries, mashed potatoes, latkes, potato chips, potato salad, or this editor's favorite, hash browns.

In other words, you can't understand a potato without getting inside it and changing it. And how did you learn to understand nonprofits?

This issue: report from the 900-respondent study of nonprofit CFOs, how to hold a meeting via conference call, contest winners, volunteer insurance, humor columnist Vu Le (yay!) and Nonprofit Conference Call Bingo. Have a great autumn. Oh, and Susan Sanow -- Blue Avocado's project manager -- and I love hearing from so many of you. --Jan Masaoka

Comments (13)

  • Thank you! I have only just found your web site and the very first article I read, on board member responsibilities, was more than eye opening. We are just beginning a non-profit eye clinic and I sent a link to all the members with a request to read the article and subscribe to your newsletter. And to get moving! ; )

    Thanks so much for your efforts. Have a great week!

    LuEllen : )

    Oct 22, 2013
  • Announcing new nonprofit Canadian blog www.governinggood.ca

    from a long time follower and admirer of Blue Avocado!

    Grant

    Oct 22, 2013
  • Had a couple good articles.

    Oct 23, 2013
  • Anonymous

    Hello Jan, Thanks so much for having sent this. There is so much more helpful info here than all the other newsletters that we receive that I thank you very much!

    Oct 23, 2013
  • Thank you, Anonymous. It means so much to our team when people take the time to write. THANK YOU! Jan

    Oct 23, 2013
  • This was an absolutely SUPER issue! Thank you!

    Oct 25, 2013
  • Yikes! Pulling a Dan Quayle with your subject line. Otherwise, great newsletter like always.

    Oct 26, 2013
  • Anonymous

    Potatoes is the correct spelling. Dan Quail made the same mistake.

    Oct 26, 2013
  • Yes, Potatoes is correct; potatos is an acceptable alternative spelling. Generally it is one potato and two potatoes. But why conform? Having this discussion is so much more interesting.

    Oct 26, 2013
  • The blue avocado is an excellent resource for non profits, wish I knew about it earlier.

    --A new Blue Avocado reader, Jan

    Oct 29, 2013
  • One blue avocado and four blue avocadoes for an excellent issue for a new reader.

    Nov 01, 2013
  • Anonymous

    Yikes! Pulling a Dan Quayle with your subject line. Otherwise, great newsletter like always. --Deanna

    Nov 08, 2013
  • Anonymous

    No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

    Nov 29, 2013

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