About Blue Avocado

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What is Blue Avocado?

Blue Avocado is a nonprofit online magazine for community nonprofits. We publish approximately seven times per year through an HTML newsletter delivered to more than 64,000 subscribers. Thanks to its sponsors and members, Blue Avocado subscriptions are free.

Blue Avocado is guided by a Steering Committee of its founding sponsors and leadership:

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Blue Avocado Reprint Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in reprinting an article from Blue Avocado! Here are our simple guidelines:

Blue Avocado articles first published before August 2013 are copyright CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, and subsequently copyright American Nonprofits.

With permission, articles can be reprinted at no charge by nonprofit organizations that agree to the following:

Why "Blue Avocado"?

A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, blue avocados grew wild and with abandon. Unicorns fed on them. Dragons sometimes mistook them for pterodactyl eggs. A few managed to hitch a ride on a meteor and ended up in Central America, where the ancient Maya cultivated them and loved them. Their priests broke open the seeds to foretell the future. One summer equinox the priests opened an avocado seed and gasped in horror. It foretold the destruction of the Mayan world, and a thousand years of suffering under drought and foreign conquest.