One of the key ways we develop a sense of ourselves is by gathering the tribe around the campfire and telling stories about who we are. Blue Avocado is that campfire: through stories we are shaping the way that community nonprofits understand the power and culture of our sector.
Through mass media, we and the public learn things about nonprofits, too . . . often things that are out of synch with what we know is true. See further in this issue for more of how nonprofits are portrayed in popular culture, as well as a Board Cafe article on a particular type of popular culture: urban legends about nonprofits.
Steal a Blue Avocado: Did you know that Blue Avocado articles are available for reprint in your nonprofit newsletter, blog, or website? We're glad that readers find our articles provocative, practical and/or fun enough to share with others. Just send us an email (click here) to request reprint permission; we usually answer within 24 hours. Some of our most reprinted:
- Six Things Board Members Should Know About the New 990
- Ten Nonprofits that Shaped the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.
- And Now for Something Different About Nonprofits & the Economy
- Board Meetings by Phone: Legal? Good Idea?
- Tracking Volunteer Time to Boost Your Bottom Line: A Complete Accounting Guide
Also in this issue be sure to see Ask Rita on dealing with a bad boss. And remember that Blue Avocado is made possible by readers like you . . . who share articles with others, make modest contributions (click here), submit First Person Nonprofit articles for publication, and join us in believing that community nonprofits are the key drivers of social change. Enjoy the beginning of summer! –Jan Masaoka