Hello readers! We are overjoyed to share the newest issue of Blue Avocado with you. Based on your feedback, we heard loud and clear that you’re excited for more practical tips and tools around fundraising, boards, engaging millennials, and succession planning. Fear not: we’ve got you covered in the articles that follow, and please contact us if you have other suggestions of what content and insights you’d find most helpful. After all, we are here to serve you as you undertake the hard work of serving others.
So what’s in store for you this issue? First off, many groups share so-called “best practices” for board engagement, but how about the worst practices and pitfalls you wish your board members would avoid? After that useful primer, we offer some helpful tips for smaller nonprofits looking to raise the big bucks from major donors, in spite of a small but mighty staff. Then we share some leadership transition and succession planning recommendations, as provided by our readers over the past two years, followed by our adored Ask Rita column, where Rita shares tips on how to handle harassment from donors, vendors, and other outsiders. Finally, in the home stretch this issue’s NextGen Nexus breaks down the best ways to engage Millennials and our partners at Grantstation share some food for thought around how nonprofits can navigate these politically charged times. And of course, no issue would be complete without our Editor’s Pick: this issue we offer an evergreen blast from the past from Steve Zimmerman, who shared a popular piece on how to outsource your bookkeeping.
As always, thanks for tuning in and for your great work in the world. We trust you’ll find the enclosed insights, tips, and tools helpful and continue to remain committed to our mission of helping you work smarter, maximize impact, and find balance in it all as you undertake the sacred work of creating the world we all know is possible.
Darian Rodriguez Heyman
Editor-in-Chief, Blue Avocado