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Archived Since:May 26, 2011

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Blue Avocado # 98 Summer Bonus Issue

Feature Articles • By Susan Sanow • July 11, 2014 • Email Print Summertime is a great time to kick back and get some deals. We’re bringing you the Blue Avocado with sizzle. In this issue you can sign up for free phone calls with Blue...Show More Summary

Surprise! Most Legacy Gifts DON'T Come from Major Donors

Feature Articles • By Greg Lassonde • May 6, 2014 • Email Print Planned giving professional Greg Lassonde gives us step-by-step instructions for soliciting bequests and planned gifts, and sets this in the context of paradigm changesShow More Summary

A Funder's Message to Other Funders About Overhead

Feature Articles • By Unmi Song • April 4, 2014 • Email Print This article is adapted from a presentation made to Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO). Our deepest thanks to Unmi Song for speaking these truths: Good afternoon; I am Unmi Song, President of the Lloyd A. Show More Summary

How to Staff and Support a Committee

Board Cafe • Feature Articles • By Jan Masaoka • December 10, 2013 • Email Print Is staffing a committee more like herding cats or like herding turtles? Actually it's more like Dancing with the Stars. An important skill for nonprofit...Show More Summary

Special 4-Day Discounts, Deals and a Contest! It's Blue Avocado #90

In the best of times or the worst of times, we nonprofits are always ready for a good deal, a good discount or something in our favorite currency: free. All deals, discounts and freebies end at Friday, September 20, 2013 at 5 pm pacific time (8 pm eastern). Show More Summary

Surprisingly Uncomplicated Path for Developing Leaders

Feature Articles • By Kirk Kramer • January 23, 2013 • Email Print Kirk Kramer of The Bridgespan Group suggests some new approaches to leadership development in his recent papers. For Blue Avocado readers, he cuts right to the chase: Blue...Show More Summary

Citizens United Unfair to One Million Corporations

Feature Articles • By Jack Shakely • September 4, 2012 • Email Print Jack Shakely, former president of the California Community Foundation, takes a different tack (with a little wisecracking) on what to do about the Citizens United decision...Show More Summary

Sidebar: Donor-Advised Funds Background

This brief introduction to donor-advised funds (DAFs) accompanies the Blue Avocado article "Donor-Advised Funds: Un-Transparent Tax Shelters for Good." In 1931, a New York community foundation created the first donor-advised funds (DAFs). Show More Summary

High Pay for Nonprofit Execs? Analysis of 100,000 Salaries

Feature Articles • By Linda Lampkin • June 4, 2012 • Email Print Everybody has an opinion about whether nonprofit executives are paid too little or too much, but almost nobody has any real data outside their own experiences. At last!...Show More Summary

Getting Real About Real-Time Evaluation

Feature Articles • By Clare Nolan and Fontane Lo • March 29, 2012 • Email Print Every once in a while a field creeps closer to actually being helpful to nonprofits. Thanks to evaluators Claire Nolan and Fontane Lo for explaining a type...Show More Summary

Text Generation Leaders: Using Mobile Phones for Nonprofit Outreach

Feature Articles • By Doug Plank interviewed by Jan Masaoka • February 6, 2012 • Email Print There are more people with cell phones than people who use Twitter... so then, why is there so much more nonprofit talk about Twitter than about...Show More Summary

Vanguard Foundation Update: With Leader Pleading Guilty, "Truth and Reconciliation"?

Blue Avocado Investigates • Feature Articles • By Rick Cohen • December 5, 2011 • Email Print The Vanguard Public Foundation was a high-profile, influential, progressive institution in San Francisco: the original "rich kids" foundation making grants to radical grassroots organizations and involving community members in grantmaking. Show More Summary

Contract Wizardry: Conjuring Impact from Government Contracts

Finance & Strategy • Feature Articles • By Jan Masaoka • October 9, 2011 • Email Print Have you ever tried to piece together eleven government contracts for overlapping programs, trying to make them fit together to fund all the costs?...Show More Summary

Only Bad Restaurants Go to Scale

Feature Articles • Editor's Notes • By Jan Masaoka • September 19, 2011 • Email Print We in nonprofits are good at taking on myths and sacred cows. But perhaps the least examined of these myths is the one about "going to scale." This...Show More Summary

Six Dos and Six Don'ts with Social Media

Feature Articles • By Kaitlyn Trigger • September 19, 2011 • Email Print Are you sick of people telling you a hundred things your nonprofit should be doing with social media? (We are.) Wouldn't it be nicer to be told what NOT to do so...Show More Summary

Nonprofit Tax Quiz

Feature Articles • By Kim Klein and Jan Masaoka • August 8, 2011 • Email Print Everyone talks about the weather, but how many of us actually know what a lenticular cloud is or what the dew point means? In the nonprofit sector we throw around tax opinions, but here's a chance to learn something (uh oh). Show More Summary

Lessons for Today from Star Wars

Feature Articles • By Deepak Bhargava • June 27, 2011 • Email Print Deepak Bhargava of the Center for Community Change channels the Force to call nonprofits to action: I'm pretty convinced everything can be explained by referring toShow More Summary

Regrets of a Former Arts Funder

Feature Articles • By John R. Killacky • June 23, 2011 • Email Print As Program Officer for Arts and Culture at the San Francisco Foundation, I and philanthropic colleagues often bemoaned how fragile many culturally specific organizations were. Show More Summary

Endorsing Candidates. Illegal. How to Do It.

Feature Articles • By Jan Masaoka • April 25, 2011 • Email Print Perhaps the most effective way to bring about social change is to elect the right people. Yet nonprofit 501c3 organizations are prohibited from supporting or opposing candidates running for office. Show More Summary

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