Spring—a time for renewal and growth—is just about in the air. This year, it’s a time for many nonprofits to take stock and revisit how we can best pursue our missions in an age with so much instability and ever-expanding need. As you seek to create a more resilient, impactful organization, Blue Avocado is here to provide you with the insights and inspiration intended to move you forward.
This issue is full of concrete tips and tools designed to help you raise more money, ensure compliance, and better serve your community. We kick things off with great suggestions for small nonprofits looking to expand online fundraising efforts, followed by a few more operationally-oriented pieces: Ask Rita explores liability around firing at-will employees; we finish up our series on finding your data path to success by sharing the best practices they identified when launching a tool to help nonprofits solve data problems; and finally, we provide straight answers to common 990-related questions. Then we bring it home with a great piece around how to effectively secure funding for innovation, some in-the-trenches tips for nonprofits looking to strengthen communities from the inside out, and of course, our Editor’s Pick. This time we to share a timeless piece from our founding editor, Jan Masaoka, on how to benchmark and analyze salaries.
Enjoy this issue and please share your suggestions around other topics and contributors you’d like to see in future issues. In particular, we’re looking for practitioners who can share some of the most pressing challenges facing emerging leaders, along with concrete solutions. If you’d like to nominate anyone—including yourself—please email your ideas to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking forward to your thoughts and comments and enjoy this great issue, and huge thanks to all our contributors, and to all of YOU for your incredible work in the world.
Darian Rodriguez Heyman
Editor-in-Chief, Blue Avocado