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Married Co-Executive Directors: Couples in Life and at Work

Would only a crazy (and crazy-in-love) married couple want to be co-executive directors? On the other hand, what nonprofit wouldn't want two full-time staff for the price of one? We spoke with two such couples . . . here's how they experience this unique type of job sharing:

"We heard about the job at Options Schools and decided to apply for it as co-executive directors. They thought it would at least be interesting to talk to us!" This position is, in fact, Dave and Paulette Hassell's fifth job as co-directors. They had begun in the Peace Corps serving five terms as co-directors in countries including Sri Lanka, Uganda, and Papua New Guinea.

"We've always applied for one position together, and make it clear we understand it is one salary," says Paulette. "It does cost them . . .

Five Emergency "Musts" for Your Desk

In a disaster, nonprofits and for-profits have some similar needs -- like having a data backup plan to ensure business continuity. But nonprofits also often have crucial roles in providing assistance to others in the immediate aftermath.

Community members are used to turning to their local organizations for help in the moments after disaster strikes and even before first responders arrive they will look to your organization. In Hurricane Katrina, for instance, nonprofits stepped up to help without worrying about whether helping disaster victims was "mission creep"!

While your organization should have emergency supplies and a disaster plan, in this article we look at something much simpler: what you should have in your desk or workstation:

1. Flashlight. Don't get stuck in the dark -- literally! Electricity is typically one of the first things to go out. Your office or theater or warehouse should have flashlights, but get one for yourself, too, so that you'll have one instantly, and the organizational ones can be used by others.

2. Whistle. You can use it to . . .


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