As we share our first issue of the new year, we’re excited to introduce a few new additions. First and foremost, our new #RiskyBusiness column will become a fixture of future newsletters and showcase nonprofit veterans tackling a wide range of issues and share their top lessons learned after a lifetime of service, with a typical BA focus on practical tips and tools.
The first article in the column is focused on dispelling common misconceptions around earned income. This mainstay will join our NextGen Nexus column moving forward—the newest installment of which offers tips to inspire young voters and pointers on improving the effectiveness of your GOTV-related messages—and our ever-popular Ask Rita column, which breaks down the new guidelines around categorizing employees vs. contractors.
Beyond that, there’s a treasure trove of other great content this issue, from unexpected insights around how to mindfully wind down a nonprofit, to powerful stories of nonprofits working on the US-Mexico border, red flags around a potential insurance crisis facing the social sector, and even a few marketing automation tips that small nonprofits can glean from the good work of churches. Finally, as always we dig through the archives for some oldies but goodies, and this issue’s editor’s pick is a solid piece on how nonprofits can be community-powered.
Dig in and enjoy, and if there’s anything you’re craving in future issues, or if you know of some amazing leaders whose voices can serve our community of practitioners, please contact us with any suggestions.
Happy New Year, Blue Avocado readers! Hope you all enjoyed relaxing holidays and are gearing up for an impactful, fulfilling 2020. And we hope our publication plays a small part in helping to make that wish come true.
Darian Rodriguez Heyman
Editor-in-Chief, Blue Avocado