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Intro

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.

PhD Here I come!

I can't contain myself any longer! I am so excited, I must blog about my new adventure.

Many of you saw my blog post a few months ago about my personal struggle with taking the GRE. Well I have some great news! I persevered--retook the GRE, got 100 points higher, then applied to three Universities and actually got accepted to all three!! I decided to attend the University of San Diego in the fall and pursue a PhD in Leadership with a nonprofit management focus.

It is possible to achieve your dreams!

Setting up a Retirement account for my nonprofit

I just set up a 403b retirement account for our employees. It was not easy. Even after 8 months or so of researching for the best option for my nonprofit, I still can't tell you much about retirement plans--that is why I am thankful I found Greg Guardiano, an Ameriprise Financial Advisor to help me.

Types of Insurance for your nonprofit Part 2

The Risk Management Center's most recent eNewsletter provides a great overview of what types of insurance nonprofits should consider.

What do you want your database to do for your nonprofit?

If you could have your database do anything for your nonprofit, what would it do?

I would want my database to do everything--manage and track my donors, foundations and grants, constituents and events, send mass e-mails, manage my staff records, vendor records and store contact information gathered on my website as well as push financial information like donations into QuickBooks so I won't have to re-enter everything twice.

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