Avocados are Back -- Hi!

I don't know about you, but it's been a long time since we had some Blue Guacamole. Susan Sanow and I have had a lovely sabbatical and we're also very happy to be back. Break open that bag of chips and a couple of beers for us, too?  :) This issue:

  • A Tiger Escaped Today . . . and I'm on the Zoo Board: First Person Nonprofit
  • Everything We've Been Taught About Major Gifts is Wrong by Jan Masaoka
  • Why Don't Foundations Build Capacity in Fundraising? by Aaron Dorman
  • Ask Rita: Can We Fire Someone for What They Said in Personal Email? by Pamela Fyfe
  • Nine Nonprofit Trends that Need to Die by Vu Le

 You might notice our new look, too. The changes are minor but they allow Blue Avocado to look better on those electronic devices that didn't exist when we started in 2008. And please: let us know what you're up to! -- Jan Masaoka

Comments (25)

  • Welcome back! I've missed your articles.

    Aug 27, 2015
  • Anonymous

    When is next Blue Avocado coming out?

    Dec 14, 2015
  • Sorry for the long wait for an answer, but I am pleased to tell you that Blue Avocado will begin republishing next week. Thanks for your interest!


    Jul 14, 2016
  • I thought when I retired to North Carolina from Rhode Island that I would cut back on my volunteer and non-profit activities, but I just couldn't stay away! Blue Avocado has been an entertaining, informative, and very helpful resource to me over the years, so I'm delighted to see this new issue to have you back in my life again! A whole new community - a whole lot more volunteer projects to consider - and BA in my file of resources and tools. I'm ready! - And, Thank You!

    Aug 27, 2015
  • Glad you are back! I missed you!

    Aug 27, 2015
  • WELCOME BACK - I've missed the BLUE avocado
    Aug 27, 2015
  • Just received this edition. Welcome back. You have been missed.

    Aug 27, 2015
  • Thank you, everyone! It means a lot to us. Jan

    Aug 28, 2015
  • Hi
    Greetings from Ireland - had wondered if you were still in operation - delighted to welcome you back. I always get a decent insight and a bit of laugh from your magazine. That's huge - thank you.

    Aug 29, 2015
  • Missed you!

    Aug 29, 2015
  • I'm SO GLAD you're BACK!

    Aug 29, 2015
  • Glad you’re back!

    Aug 29, 2015
  • Welcome back – I love your articles but wonderful to know you had a very enjoyable and well deserved sabbatical.

    Aug 29, 2015
  • Thank you, Marilyn!

    Aug 29, 2015
  • Welcome back! I was going through and cleaning out some old emails, and found a stash of Blue Avocados! I couldn’t take it upon myself to get rid of them in all that time……now that you’re back, perhaps I can part with a FEW of them……

    Aug 29, 2015
  • Glad this is back. I frequently copy and use an article for one of the many boards I'm on. Thanks.

    Aug 29, 2015
  • So glad to have you and Blue Avocado back Jan! You've been missed. I will be sure to get the word out to all our Coalition members.

    All the best and hope to see you soon!

    Sara Cakebbread, Advocacy Coordinator
    Napa County Coalition of Nonprofits

    Aug 30, 2015
  • So glad you're back, thanks!

    Aug 30, 2015
  • Gosh I missed your newsletter..thank you dear Jan!

    Aug 30, 2015
  • Jan: Glad to see you're back.

    Aug 30, 2015
  • So glad you're back! I was hungry for some Blue Avocados!

    Sep 01, 2015
  • Welcome back!
    You were missed. I mentor other nonprofits in my "spare" time and always recommend they check out Blue Avocado.

    So glad you're back - from me and a bunch of others!

    Sep 02, 2015
  • So glad you are back! I have missed you.

    One thing I especially like about Blue Avocado is its voice -- always clearly addressing non-profit boards and EDs at exactly the right point of conversational engagement.

    Sep 03, 2015
  • Henry, your comment means a lot to me. Your phrase "the right point of conversational engagement" is wonderful. Jan

    Sep 14, 2015
  • REALLY glad you're back. Best e-newsletter in the industry.

    Sep 16, 2015

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