Hello from Susan Sanow at Blue Avocado! It’s been a long, hot summer and now the presidential race is heating up, too. We think it’s time to cool off with some cool savings. Yes, it’s time for popular, money-saving special deals just for Blue Avocado readers.
This time around we’ve got software, conferences, webinars, books, and even a museum discount. All are accessible only between September 18 and September 21, 2012. And there is one very special deal from Cornerstone that’s a one day only deal (September 21).
All deals end on 5:00 pm Pacific Time/8:00 pm Eastern Time on Friday, September 21.
And thanks to all the nonprofits, businesses, and other nice folks who have helped us make this special issue such fun! — Susan Sanow, Blue Avocado Project Manager
P.S. Watch for an email survey from us next week about the credit union for nonprofits, and then our October issue with “Deconstructing Sustainability,” “Reflections on the Marriage Equality Campaign,” “A Board Member Gets Out of Line,” humor from Vu Le, and more. See you then! — Jan Masaoka
Free Online Classes for First 100 Nonprofits
The first 100 Blue Avocado readers to respond will receive 5 coupons each to choose free online classes from Cornerstone’s offerings (such as software tutorials, leadership training, and project management). These “Gifts of Learning” come from the Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation which works with organizations around the world to help train, develop, and empower their staff.
How to obtain them: Only U.S. nonprofits are eligible (no unaffiliated individuals). Starting 9 am Pacific Time (12 noon Eastern) on Friday, Sept 21, the first 100 emails sent to Blue Avocado‘s Susan Sanow at firstname.lastname@example.org with the Subject line “Cornerstone On Demand” will be awarded the courses. Your email must include your nonprofit’s name and tax ID number, and the contact person’s name, email, and phone number. Once we reach 100 eligible organizations, the offer will end. If your organization is awarded a Gift of Learning, you will be contacted by the CornerstoneOnDemand Foundation.
Attend Social Media for Nonprofits at a special Blue Avocado reader price! There are five upcoming conferences: San Francisco 10/11, Washington, DC 10/5, Austin 10/23, Chicago 9/19, and Seattle 11/5, plus NYC in January. Pick the location that’s right for you and take $30 off your registration. Tickets include access to the full-day conference, plus breakfast and lunch. For nonprofits with budgets of $500,000 or more, registration now will be just $95. If you are a for-profit or a consultant, registration now will be $145. Just visit www.SM4NP.org and use the promo code AVO. (Sorry, the deal cannot be used for nonprofits with budgets under $500,000; registration for these organizations is already just $95).
Note: The San Francisco conference grew so much, SM4NP expanded that conference to a different hotel venue. The costs and rates were increased. Blue Avocado readers will get a discount, but it will be based on the higher rates.
Fundraising Software . . . only $99!
Exceed! Basic, the fundraising software that’s right-sized for smaller community nonprofits, is making their software available to Blue Avocado readers at this special price available nowhere else. Exceed! Basic is a compact version of Exceed! Premier, Telosa’s flagship fundraising software. Exceed! Basic manages donor and foundation records, generates thank-yous and to-do lists, and even interfaces with QuickBooks (yay!). For just 4 days, from Tuesday, Sept 18 – Friday, Sept 21, Exceed! Basic will be available to Blue Avocado readers with budgets of under $500,000 for just $99. That’s an 80% discount from the regular price of $499. Click here to take advantage of this special offer and to find out about discounts for Exceed! Premier.
Show Me the Money: Nonprofits Talking Taxes is a fast-paced live session with the great Kim Klein, and takes a fresh approach to how nonprofits can think about government funding, taxes, services, and advocacy.
Kim and Nonprofits Talking Taxes — a project of the Buiding Movement Project and CompassPoint Nonprofit Services — have taken their presentations to dozens of nonprofit conferences. Now you can participate from the comfort of your conference room or desk at this free webinar on Friday, October 26, 10 am Pacific (1 pm Eastern). Register by 5 pm Friday September 21! Reserve your free webinar seat now.
$100 Off Independent Sector’s Policy Institute
Nonprofit leaders and policy advocates from across the country are coming to San Francisco this November 10 – 11 for a day-and-a-half of expert presentations and conversations on policy issues critical to our sector. Blue Avocado readers can register now for Independent Sector’s Public Policy Action Institute and receive the $275 member rate at this special page. That’s $100 off! Be sure to use the promo code: pnAvocado. Use the same code to register and receive discounted rates for the whole Independent Sector conference that follows.
Enjoy the Top Fun Aviation Toy Museum…for free!
We usually only offer items that are nationally or internationally available, but this was so whimsically Blue Avocado-like we couldn’t resist. Find yourself in the Fitchburg, MA area? As a Blue Avocado reader, you can enjoy the Top Fun Aviation Toy Museum for free! Just say “Blue Avocado” to the person behind the counter to get in free from Saturday, Sept 22 through Sunday, Dec 2, 2012. (This is the only Blue Avocado deal not restricted to the next four days.) It doesn’t get easier than that!
Special Stanford Social Innovation Review is offering a reduced subscription rate to new subscribers. SSIR is an award-winning quarterly magazine that covers cross-sector solutions to global problems, written for and by social change leaders in the nonprofit, business, and government sectors. Blue Avocado readers can obtain a print-plus-digital subscription for just 29.95. That’s $20 off their lowest published rate. (They claim they have never offered subscriptions this low!) Offer good for U.S. and Canada addresses only. New subscribers go here.
Whatta Book Deal! Nonprofit Management 101
A compilation of 36 chapters — each from a different author — in 619 pages: Nonprofit Management 101: A Complete and Practical Guide for Leaders and Professionals, edited by Darian Rodriguez Heyman. Top experts come together in a single resource sharing knowledge and wisdom gained through experience. Authors include Blue Avocado contributors Jeanne Bell, David LaPiana, and Pamela Davis. To get the 50% off rate of the usual $34.95 (plus s&h), go here. Be sure to use the promo code of NP50.
Too often program goals are discussed separately from financial means, although we all know that both must be discussed together. Jan Masaoka and Steve Zimmerman will present the methodology for doing so from the book they co-authored (with Jeanne Bell): Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability. Friday, September 28 from 10:00 am Pacific (1:00 pm Eastern). Take a fresh look at choosing the mix of programs, earned income, and donations that will be sustainable for your organization. This model can be used as an adjunct to or substitution for traditional strategic planning. Space is limited. Reserve your webinar seat by September 21 or now.
Free webinar: Talent Management Best Practices to Scale Nonprofit Impact
Join us on November 8 at 10:00 am Pacific Time (1:00 Eastern) and hear from two nationally recognized nonprofits that used leadership development and talent management best practices to increase social impact. Rich Berlin, Executive Director of Harlem RBI (one of the Nonprofit Times’ top-50 nonprofits to work for in the U.S.) and Christa Roth, Director of Talent at BUILD, are joined by James Shepard of consulting firm AchieveMission. At this webinar you will learn steps you can take today to strengthen your nonprofit, and gain access to valuable templates and tools. Blue Avocado readers can register for this event free only from September 18 – September 21. Space is limited, so reserve your webinar seat now.