Welcome to the latest Blue Avocado! As a longtime reader, I'm thrilled to be serving as guest editor. I know that I've often used Blue Avocado as a resource, a reminder, and a refuge during those stressful nonprofit emergencies, and I'm happy to present an issue that can be the same for you.
This edition of Blue Avocado gets political and analytical with opinions on the elimination of regulations that keep nonprofits out of politics and keep board requests for information in check. We'll also talk about developing diversity (and take the lessons to heart in our own work), the importance of strategic planning, and get into our toolkit for help with financial management. Dr. Chris Benner from the University of California at Santa Cruz and his colleague, Dr. Manuel Pastor from the University of Southern California offer their newest findings about how diversity and inclusion are good for business. All in all, it's a fascinating look into how nonprofits can change and grow in a shifting environment.
Of course, as we move forward to build the best possible Blue Avocado, we want to hear from you! Don't forget to take our survey about how budget cuts may impact your organization. Make sure that you follow us on Twitter and Facebook, to keep connected on all things nonprofit, and visit our publisher, American Nonprofits where we'll provide new tools and special offerings between issues. American Nonprofits' latest partnerships brings how-tos and info from partner organizations, Tech Soup and Your Part-time Comptroller on their resources page. Make sure to register for our free seminar for Blue Avocado readers and American Nonprofits' members on June 8, 2017: How to Access Tech Soup Donations and Resources!
And let me know what you want to see by liking, commenting, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. I know that when it comes to 501 (c) (3)s, some things stay the same and some things evolve, but we always need to stick together to support each other in this industry. After all, my motto is: Nonprofits are supposed to be about making people's lives better, they shouldn't make ours worse! Let's find ways to help the world and help ourselves as we get mission critical.