Heather Comstock Connects

Helping nonprofits and other volunteer organizations develop strong relationships and a clear voice in the community.

Reading Roundup: I Just Discovered RSS!

Yep. I’m a bit slow in discovering RSS. This guy was surprising fast as he attempted to get away from two noisy boys and a curious mom on one of the trails in Patapsco Valley State Park!

I’ve discovered the joy of the RSS feed! Yes, I know, pathetic and only about 10 years behind the times. Finally, I can keep track of all the blogs I like to follow in one place. Enjoy these discoveries as I return to a busy week of diverse activities such as preparing for a campout and wrestling my Alfalfa kid into a suit!

Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architect:  The One Thing That Really Builds a Team

Great post with a short series of questions that get right to the heart. How can you and I work together? What do you need from me? What do I need from you? Simple. Not a lot of mumbo jumbo, jargon, or heirarchies and personality types. Just a straightforward, how can we work better together?

Get Me Jamie Notter:  Plans: Control over Clarity

Not strategic planning but a set of strategic principles to guide decision making. As I said in my comment on the post, this is a great thing for small and start up nonprofits who have unpredictable resources. As you’re evolving and revenue sources are coming in and out, how do you plan for this? Jame Notter describes a series of strategic principles that can be used to guide decision-making so organizations have the flexibility to respond to opportunities and prioritize resources.

Association Subculture:  Do Association Members Ignore Your Signs Too?

Shelly Alcorn shares this great story showing what happens when organizations forget that when members aren’t responding to our signs, perhaps we need to figure out where the members are heading and be sure we’re there and ready to respond.

Charity Lawyer:  Abolishing Nonprofit Voting Members Easier Said Than Done

A great discussion of the implications of having a voting membership for your nonprofit. If you’re in the process of starting up, Ellis Carter has some great points to ponder as you think about what kind of structure you want your organization to have. Once it is codified in your by-laws, it can be very difficult to change.

Clairification Blog:  Three Part Series:  Three Ways We Go Wrong Asking Nonprofit Boards to Help Raise Funds

Claire Axelrad has a great three piece posting on getting your Board to fundraise. If you’re a new nonprofit, your board is your primary asset in this area. Most funders won’t fund you until you have three years of audited financial statements to provide so you’re going to need to exist on donated funds. Empowering your board to fundraise for your organization is imperative to your survival. The three pieces dig deep and provide steps for giving your board the tools they need to feel like advocate for your organization rather than used car salesmen!


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