Hello again! Welcome back Blue Avocado, and you’re in store for one of our most insightful, tip- and tool-laden issues yet!
Read on for some easy-to-implement, helpful morsels from a variety of authors, many of whom also contributed to the newly-released second edition of my best-selling book, Nonprofit Management 101. Available now and sponsored by Blue Avocado and our parent, Nonprofits Insurance Alliance (NIA), the book features concrete, actionable insights from over 50 incredible leaders. Think of it as your nonprofit owner’s manual!
As for this issue, we tackle the sometimes-tricky field of diversity and inclusion in a couple articles: Michael Watson breaks down the D&I basics, while Lee Warren shares helpful tips for recruiting the best nonprofit leaders. Kay Sprinkel Grace, fundraising guru, shares a useful framework for engaging all your board members in fundraising, while the popular Joan Garry cuts to the chase and also speaks to this when relaying her top tips for engaging your board. We’re honored to have the patron of Blue Avocado, Nonprofits Insurance Alliance’s Pamela Davis, share personal thoughts about her unique approach to philanthropy, and how you can court other supporters like her. Jeannie Fox dispels the reservations you may have about engaging in lobbying and advocacy work, while our NextGen Nexus column gives you a peek inside the Millennial mindset, and the ever-popular Ask Rita explores how to handle whistleblower claims. Finally, this issue we feature a great, evergreen piece on whether boards can vote by email as our Editor’s Pick.
So what’s missing and what do you want to read more about next time? Please contact us with suggestions around what content and insights you’d find most helpful. We’re always happy to hear from you as our goal is to help you work smarter, maximize impact, and solve the biggest challenges standing in the way of you taking your cause to the next level.
Thank you for your time, attention, and good work. We appreciate how busy you are and how much you accomplish every day through your nonprofits. We have worked hard to share yet another issue chock-full of helpful best practices, pitfalls to avoid, and the tips and tricks that you can put to work immediately in the service of others.
Darian Rodriguez Heyman
Editor-in-Chief, Blue Avocado