June 15, 2008 issue: Imagine the nonprofit sector as a city, and then imagine yourself taking a walk through it. You’ll see a few skyscrapers, some mid-sized buildings, apartment buildings, single-family homes, and a lot of cottages. Variety and unexpectedness are what make cities great, and we want the nonprofit sector similarly to be a varied, vibrant ecosystem. Community nonprofits come in many sizes (as do institutional nonprofits, nonprofits formed as technical arms of government, vanity nonprofits, etc.). Community nonprofits are the ones built by hand, with care, for the people of the community to live in and use. They are part of the community’s wealth. In Blue Avocado we particularly celebrate and speak for the people of community nonprofits, the heart of the city, but we also celebrate the whole city and all of its music.
This issue: a short Board Cafe column on what boards need to know about insurance brokers, choosing a strategy for financial sustainability, a 3-minute vacation to New York City, and Ask Rita answers a question from a nonprofit preschool teacher. And a new feature, Queries & Help Wanted, asks for your helping hands with future stories.