Tasty Links With Food For Thought

Lori Halley 31 August 2012 0 comments

To help minimize your information overload, we  bookmark (or preserve) some of the tastiest nonprofit and membership content that we find online and serve it up through Apricot Jam. When we find particularly insightful posts - like the ones we’ve summarized below - we share them on this blog.  

Here are three posts that offer great food for thought this week:

Dogs Are Cute When They Beg - You Aren’t

Here’s another great post from John Haydon. While we featured John last week, we thought this post offered some great “share-worthy” advice and helpful tips for nonprofits looking for support.  John tells us:

 A non-profit recently asked me to vote for them to win cash from a major corporation. They said nothing about what they’d do with the money if they won.
They also asked me to spread the word – even though this was their first time reaching out to me.

John offers some helpful (straight-talkin) advice, such as:

  • You’re bigger than begging. Your non-profit kicks ass and deserves to win – because of the great work you’re doing. Lead with that confidence.
  • Don’t be desperate. Times are hard, I know. No one invests in “desperate” – not even in this economy.

You’ll find this and other links in the Fundraising section of Apricot Jam.

Association Growth Factors: Recognizing When Past Strengths Become Future Obstacles

In this post, Andrea Pellegrino (The Demand Perspective Blog) tells us about an “a-ha moment” when she realized that the phrase “What got you here won’t get you there” could be applied to many associations. Pellegrino suggests:

By most measures, today’s associations are “successful.” They’ve grown in size, revenue, and influence since they were founded. They’ve added members, customers, services, and resources. They’ve relied on certain strengths (reputation, exclusivity, mission, credentialing, professional solidarity, volunteer leadership) to grow and to survive to the present day.

But ... many associations today are stuck in a holding pattern and can’t move forward.

You’ll find this and other links in the Membership section of Apricot Jam.

Four Important Lessons From a Noprofit Board Nomination Process

Organizations planning for their Board succession might want to have a look at this post by Ryan Johnson on the ASU Loadstar Blog.  Johnson offers inside insight on board nominations:

My term on the board of a national nonprofit professional association recently came to an end after more than 5 years—including a year as the chair of the board, and a year as immediate past board chair. Per the by-laws, the immediate past board chair leads the nominations process for incoming board members. That process concluded in late spring and I have to admit that I learned some lessons along the way. I hope this blog post helps someone who may someday face the same issues that I faced.

You'll find this and other links in the Leadership Section of Apricot Jam.

Want more?

If we’ve whet your appetite for some fresh ideas, you'll find the links for these posts noted above - along with many other articles and posts with tips and information for non-profits and membership organizations - bookmarked on Apricot Jam.  

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Have you read any great non-profit posts lately? Let us know in the comments below.


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Posted by Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Published Friday, 31 August 2012 at 8:30 AM

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