The whole world seems to have sighed with relief after the U.S. presidential elections. For many, the election of the former nonprofit community organizer Barack Obama (previous Blue Avocado article) was a cause for celebration. For others, at least the news frenzy and suspense was over. (One Blue Avocado reader commented, "We are discovering how depressed we have been for eight years.") In many community nonprofits, people see hope and despair, ignorance and generosity every day. It’s nice to see the emotional balance tip, at least temporarily, from depression to hope.
Hope itself is a kind of happiness, it is sometimes said, and as Thanksgiving arrives we can be thankful for this kind of happiness, and for the benefits of community. In this issue of Blue Avocado, we visit a Crow Indian Reservation, and track a turkey from egg to table as it goes past all the nonprofits that touch its path along the way. Our popular Ask Rita column tackles the issue of someone drinking at work; the Board Cafe column takes on nonprofit embezzlement, and we sum up the sign-offs used by readers. Kind regards (I thinkÂ that’s the reader suggestion I liked best),Â Jan Masaoka