Blue Avocado celebrates 100th issue… editor notes

Yup, this is the 100th issue of Blue Avocado. As you know, we're an online magazine -- where each issue has 5 - 8 articles -- rather than a blog with many short posts. We're very proud of our unique mix:

  • At least one thought-provoking (probably contrarian or investigative) article
  • At least one exceedingly practical, unconventionally wise "how to" article
  • At least one really fun article

We believe that our confidence in community nonprofits, our celebration of nonprofit values and culture, and our sassy, cranky voice sets us apart from some of the internet noise.

We are especially proud of our First Person Nonprofit series, which has included articles from board chairs who discovered embezzlement to founders who got fired to people who love their telemarketing jobs.

We are so grateful to:

  • You 64,000 Blue Avocado subscribers
  • Advertisers, sponsors (especially Pamela Davis and the Nonprofits Insurance Alliance Group!), and reprinters
  • Hundreds of individual donors
  • Great writers such as Vu Le, Steve Zimmerman, Rick Cohen, Kim Klein, and the Ask Rita team
  • Readers who comment on so many aricles enriching the content for everyone.

Our behind-the-scenes team includes graphic designer and webmaster Patrick Santana, copy editor Cristina Chan, the fiscal sponsorship of the Nonprofits Insurance Alliance Group, and our jill-of-all-trades with a nonprofit heart as big as all outdoors, Susan Sanow.

Here's the news: Blue Avocado is taking a sabbatical. We'll be back in the spring with a new look and a new spring in our step. We've been going without a break since April 2008 and we need to take a nap. In a few weeks we'll replace this issue on the web with a list of our most read and highest impact articles in various categories.

But first! In this issue you'll find a First Person Nonprofit story: "From Black Panther to Nonprofit CFO," along with Ask Rita on outdated job descriptions, "Unraveling the Elements of 'Impact,'" humor from the esteemed Vu Le, and two Board Cafe articles: one on the "Very Good but Very Flawed Executive," and one a short humor piece.

See you in the spring! --Jan Masaoka & the Blue Avocado team

Comments (13)

  • Anonymous

    100 issues definitely deserves a break but please make sure it's a pause, not a permanent stop. Now I have to get through an entire Canadian winter without you! (note classic use of charity guilt trip there) Enjoy your well-deserved break and have a great holiday season. --Ann

    Dec 10, 2014
  • Thank you, Jan and staff - enjoy your break it is well-deserved!! --Priya

    Dec 10, 2014
  • Anonymous

    It was totally a gut reaction -- I saw Blue Avocado in my in box and broke out into a ridiculously huge smile. Enjoy your break, but please don't leave us hanging for long.

    Dec 10, 2014
  • A well-deserved nap, Jan! Thank you for your witty, tireless and always thought provoking work.

    Dec 10, 2014
  • Your voice will be missed!! Have a good rest. Brenda

    Dec 10, 2014
  • Wow, 100 issues! This is great. You are a warrior, Jan. I have a pretty good stash of Vermont maple syrup. Can I send you some as a thank you gift? AR

    Dec 10, 2014
  • Have a great vacation! You guys deserve one. Come back as outrageous and thoughtful as ever! Don

    Dec 10, 2014
  • Blue Avocado helps me make it through the frustrations of three concurrent nonprofit jobs. It reminds me I am not alone in trying always to meet constituents' needs better with limited time and resources. It reminds me to keep aiming high, even if my co-workers aren't interested. It makes my brain come alive. I refer others to Blue Avocado over and over, and sometimes, after several years, they finally read one of my forwards and get hooked. You make a huge difference in my work life, Jan and Team. Please rest up, breathe, and come back to us with more of the wonderful attitude and content that keeps me going. DBL

    Dec 11, 2014
  • DBL, you have NO idea how much this means to all of us. Thank you so, so much for taking the time to write. Wish we could hug you! Jan

    Dec 11, 2014
  • Congratulations on this amazing milestone of 100 issues--Blue Avocado is my go to resource for any questions on any nonprofit topic--and never fails. I look forward to seeing you back in the spring! Mary Denton, Sunny Hills Services

    Dec 11, 2014
  • Anonymous

    We are especially proud of our First Person Nonprofit series, which has included articles from board chairs who discovered embezzlement to founders who got fired to people who love their telemarketing jobs.

    Dec 11, 2014
  • Anonymous
    Have a great vacation! You guys deserve one.
    Come back as outrageous and thoughtful as ever!
    Don
    Dec 17, 2014
  • Anonymous

    Really missing you! I hope you'll be back soon! Kathy

    May 14, 2015

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