Friends and allies, whatever your political bent, and however you feel about the recent midterm elections, we all have something to celebrate. The equitable, just world we all believe in is a step closer to reality now: the world where people are judged not on the color of their skin, but the content of their character, and where love is love… is love. The country now has its first openly gay governor, its first Native American and Muslim women in Congress, and the Woman’s Wave swept up many states, to the benefit of both blue and red. Thank you for all you’ve done to help usher in this much-needed change.
But enough about politics: we’ve got work to do!
First off, please check out the new Blue Avocado website! We put a lot of work into it, all with an eye on helping you find the kinds of helpful insights and tips that can propel your work forward, whatever your cause.
Our content in this final issue of the year is off the charts. Great practical pieces share how to listen to your clients and let them lead, the top tips for engaging millennials, how to discern if earned income is a distraction or an opportunity, new research on promoting equity in philanthropy, and how to approach disgruntled volunteers, plus Ask Rita shares thoughts on how to handle compensation for work before or after hours, and our “Editor’s Pick” this issue is in fact two picks, both on strategic planning: the “worst practices” to avoid and a justification for planning.
So dive in! We hope you’ll find this issue helpful and that these articles will leave you not only inspired, but inspired to action. Blue Avocado isn’t about heady thought leadership; it’s about the concrete do’s and don’ts that you can put to work immediately to advance your critical work. Please share your comments after the articles and let us know if there’s anything you’re looking for and not finding, since ultimately, we are here to serve you.
Darian Rodriguez Heyman
Editor-in-Chief, Blue Avocado