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Closing Down the Right Way
Blue Avocado shares steps for how a nonprofit organization can shut down its operations and ride into the sunset gracefully.
Treasured Office Equipment Under $10
Just as master chefs treasure their knives and carpenters have their prize hammers, we in community nonprofits treasure OUR equipment. It’s nice to have a friendly, reliable piece of equipment that always there for you. The following are from Blue Avoc …
Thinking the Unthinkable: Maybe We Should Shut Down
For nonprofits, it’s hard not to think that closing down is the ultimate disaster. But sometimes a lack of money or energy forces the issue.
How to Take a Public Policy Stand, with Sample Criteria
When the Colorado Association for Recycling was approached to endorse the No Child Left Inside legislation, they didn’t know WHAT to decide, but they did know HOW to decide (see what they decided at end of article). They already had a procedure …
Is It Time for an Audit?
Blue Avocado explores if an audit is worth the expense for a nonprofit’s board of directors in these tough economic times.
Should the Board Hold Executive Sessions?
Executive sessions can help nonprofits have frank discussions about staff performance, and help the board develop a sense of itself.
Nonprofit Budgets Have to Balance: False!
There are some good reasons why nonprofits sometimes have deficit budgets, that should be left that way. Find out why.
Abolish Board Committees?
A fresh and radical idea: consider eliminating all (or most) of your board committees. Too many boards are bogged down by committees that are inactive or maybe even semi-fictitious. And board members can feel compelled to be on three or four committees …
What Do I Say to a Donor or Funder?
Let’s say you’re at a reception, a conference, or a holiday party and across the room you see someone who has made a donation or a grant to the organization on whose board you serve. What do you say? First, thank the donor: “Glad to meet you. I want to …