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I recently got accepted to present at a nonprofit research conference about the Nonprofit Management and Operations Blog, Wiki and Brown Bag Lunch discussions as being collaborative learning and professional development tools for nonprofit managers.

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I wrote this blog while I was Assistant Director at Aspiration and shared about my experiences managing the day to day operations of my organization. I love what I do! I'm now a full-time consultant and PhD student at the University of San Diego. I am continuing to blog on my Nonprofit Leadership 601 blog.

My last post: Blog Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants

As a bittersweet moment, this is my last post on this blog, for I'm leaving Aspiration to start my PhD in Nonprofit Leadership at the University of San Diego. I'll be hosting future Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants on my new Nonprofit Leadership 601 blog.

Thanks to all those who provided blog submissions this week!

Last Nonprofit Operations Brown Bag Lunch--Preparing for Employee Transition

As I am working to wrap things up here at Aspiration before I move to San Diego, I am taking steps to prepare for my replacement. Unfortunately, staff turnover is quite common in nonprofit organizations. Even though no one really wants employee turnover, I think as managers we need to create processes and be prepared when turnover occurs so things can continue to run smoothly in the organization.

If you are in the Bay Area, please join me for the last Nonprofit Operations Brown bag lunch to discuss, "Preparing for Employee Transition," on August 8, 2007.

Nonprofit Management Wiki

I really enjoy reading Rosetta Thurman's blog "Perspectives from the Pipeline". Rosetta writes engaging posts about nonprofit management and leadership. In addition, she just launched a nonprofit management wiki.

Diversify your nonprofit's funding sources, please!

I learned traditional fundraising methods during my Masters degree and from the many workshops I've attended over the years.  The one thing I remember the most from these seminars is--nonprofits need to diversify their funding sources and not to rely too much on one source of funding. However, my personal experiences in organizations have taught me quite the opposite.

In the first organization I worked for, we relied solely on individual donors.

In another organization, we relied solely on Foundation grants.


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