Wow! The last special issue of Blue Avocado had more than 1,000 people sign up for free webinars, dozens of folks using the discount on Exceed fundraising software, and many taking advantage of big discounts for IdeaEncore and The Nonprofit Quarterly. Thank you for such a warm response!
Stories: we all know the importance of telling the stories of our clients, constituents, and community leaders. And we hear perhaps a few too many stories about wealthy people ("Mrs. X donates to us!"-- note to community foundations: no more of these, please) and celebrities who start charities (never any follow-up stories by the way). But we seldom read the stories about ourselves: people working and volunteering in community nonprofits. (Also see Nonprofits in Popular Culture.)
That's why we like the First Person Nonprofit stories in Blue Avocado so much. This issue we hear from a still-bleeding founding executive director who was fired by her board. Other stories have included Our Executive Director is Embezzling, how a nonprofit pulled through the "shadow of failure," Six of Our Board Members are in Prison, an Air Force captain who changed careers to fundraising, and more. You can read them all by clicking here, and if you have a First Person Nonprofit story to tell, let us know about it by clicking here.
We also welcome a new advertiser: the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) . . . see their ad across the bottom of this page . . . sign up for their free journal on smart technology use in nonprofits. We especially liked "Five Free Tools for Social Media Listening" in the March issue, and their upcoming free webinar on "Navigating the Nonprofit Cloud."
Finally, "It may be that you are not yourself luminous," said Arthur Conan Doyle (creator of Sherlock Holmes). "But you are a conductor of light." In a similar way, nonprofits are not themselves bodies of light, but they conduct the luminosity of the people who make use of them to change the world. Keep on shining. --Jan Masaoka