Happy New Year, everyone! Wishing you all a 2019 full of impact and fulfillment. While times may be hard for some nonprofits, especially those reliant on government grants, it’s moments like these when we need to band together, help one another, and dig in deep. Change is not easy, ever, but always remember that the rope is stronger than the thread, and it is only by locking arms that we can work our way upstream and create the thriving, just world we all aspire toward.
This issue is full of useful insights and tips that are designed to help you move into 2019 with gusto. Right off the bat, we have a timely piece on how to navigate the government shutdown, including some really useful dos and don’ts. We’ve also got a few personal stories that are inspiring and useful, including one on the lessons learned while launching a nonprofit from a dorm room and a couple funders’ accounts. The first is a frank retrospective after a storied grantmaking career, followed by another great article that shares a helpful tech planning tool that supports nonprofits in picking the right tools and providers to gather, manage, and access data in today’s information economy. From there we’ll look at how to design your nonprofit workspace to inspire both visitors and staff and Ask Rita will respond to someone curious about the next iteration of the 2016 Federal Exempt Minimum Salary Rule. And as always, we end with one of our Editor’s Picks: a timeless piece that provides great, salient insights into how to avoid critical membership mistakes.
We’d also love to hear from you regarding other topics and contributors you’d like to see featured in future issues. In particular, we’re looking for practitioners who can share concrete tips and tools for community-led nonprofits, with a current focus on finding leaders who can share in-the-trenches insights around board recruitment, engagement, and training—if you have anyone you’d like to nominate (including yourself), please email your ideas to us as at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking forward to your thoughts and comments as you enjoy this new slate of content, and thanks for your time and attention. May the best practices, personal stories, and useful resources shared in this issue aid you in your effort to make the world a better place in whatever way most inspires you.
Darian Rodriguez Heyman
Editor-in-Chief, Blue Avocado