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4 Festive Favorites - Fresh Links for Holiday Reading

Lori Halley 28 December 2012 0 comments

If you are enjoying a little quiet time over the holidays before the New Year arrives and want to catch up on your non-profit reading, here are 4 of the posts we’ve bookmarked on Apricot Jam this week.

Ending the Year with a ? May Help Start Next Year with a ! 

Kelley Jarrett (npENGAGE) asks

“So, what SHOULD you do this last week of 2012? ...
You should ASK.
Ask questions.  Ask for feedback.  Ask for suggestions.  Ask for opinions.  Ask for  ideas.

And in the post Jarrett offers “a few ideas to get you started” such as “fun posts.”

You can find links to this post and many others bookmarked in the Social Media section of Apricot Jam.

Interview: User Generated Content for a PSA Campaign from the Red Cross

In this post, Beth Kanter (Beth’s Blog) interviews American Red Cross staffers, Anne Marie Borrego, Director of Media Relations, and Chris Andrews, Senior Advertising Associate, about a "user generated ad campaign featuring unscripted stories created and filmed by real people helped by the organization." 

The post offers  details on “behind of the scenes strategy and tactics used by the staff to launch this campaign.”

You can find this and other relevant links bookmarked in the Communications section of Apricot Jam.

Helping Others Makes Us Happy

This post on the HandsOnBlog (HandsOn Network) reminds us:

Volunteering and helping our fellow man has long been seen as an altruistic thing to do. But more selfish motives–pleasing friends, doing what you want–are more successful causes of effective volunteering! Regardless of motive, volunteering improves the health, happiness, and in some cases, the longevity of volunteers.

… Most people say they value volunteering because it’s “the right thing to do,” among other altruistic reasons. But the strongest drivers of successful volunteers are actually more self-focused.

This post outlines the “five main reasons people volunteer.”

You can find this and other related links in the Volunteers section of Apricot Jam.

Is your strategic plan on a page? 

In this guest post on SocialFish, Tom Hood (CEO of the Maryland Association of CPA’s ) suggests: 

In today’s rapidly changing and increasingly complex world, we are in need of tools and techniques that can keep people grounded and connected to our organizations. We need more people to understand our strategy and direction so they can make the best decisions when things are changing or evolving. That is why we created our “strategic plan on a page” and our Why MACPA video.  It has become our “touchstone” that connects our stakeholders (Board, management team, staff team, partners and even our members) to our purpose, values and strategic direction.

Hood offers a PDF of his organization's "Vision and Strategy on a Page" as an example for other organizations.

Check out this post – along with many other related posts – bookmarked in the Leadership section of Apricot Jam.

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This is just a sample of our Delicious collection of posts and articles we’ve bookmarked on Apricot Jam. We hope you'll visit often to check-out the latest posts or subscribe to our RSS feed.

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Posted by Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Published Friday, 28 December 2012 at 8:30 AM
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