"Our government contract is being cut by 10%," a new executive director in Chinatown told me recently. But they're also raising the number of people we have to serve by 10%."
He went on to tell his own story: "I loved my last job in New Jersey, but I worked so hard I lost my family. I came out here [to California] to start over." He looked off into the distance and neither of us knew what to say.
Whether we're in a recession or "just a downturn" in the economy, finances are getting tougher for every community nonprofit we know. So, in addition to election blurbs, this issue includes articles on budget alternatives and a Board Cafe article on hiring grantwriters, a 3-Minute Vacation to Ecuador, and Ask Rita about cell phones. Thanks to all 53,000 of you for being part of the Blue Avocado community. We look forward to hearing from you. –Jan Masaoka