I really like this issue of Blue Avocado because it exemplifies so many of our goals and brings forward so many distinct voices:
- We take on the sacred cows of the sector: this issue’s provocative piece on Teach for America discusses not the vaunted organization, but troubling aspects of its model.
- We tell the compelling First Person Nonprofit stories of community nonprofits: see board president Vernon Waldren’s article, "Our Executive Director is Embezzling."
- We’re ultra-practical: "Five Internal Controls for the Very Small Nonprofit" gets to the nitty-gritty when there aren’t enough staff for conventional segregation of duties.
- We have fun: Who can resist a "Ground Rules" sign for a meeting at a youth organization that includes the phrase: Don’t ‘yuck’ someone else’s ‘yum’?
- We stand up for the authentic, community nonprofits that represent the best values and impacts of the nonprofit sector: in this issue we launch the Just Awards that will poke fun at (and bring attention to) the worst behaviors of foundations and the press.
By taking these stands our hope is to cohere the community nonprofit sector into recognizing ourselves as the powerful force for social justice and community well-being that we are . . . and to use that power even more effectively. –Jan Masaoka