Most of you are off today, so no new entry. I'll be back next week with a new Coordinator Q&A and other goodies. Have a safe and enjoyable 4th, everyone!

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Because I frequently discuss online fundraising and social marketing, I'm pleased to be able to report that Network for Good is offering a teleconference on the basics. A Beginner's Guide to Online Fundraising and Marketing will cover "10 tips for effective online fundraising and marketing -- even during this down economy.

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In today's Memphis Daily News there's an extensive article on the Memphis SANE program and the issues that have been plaguing them and their community. It's worth a read, for sure.
 
[The Politics of Rape: What Went Wrong at MSARC, Memphis Daily News, June 29, 2009]

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This week, rather than a coordinator Q&A, I wanted to share Andy Goodman's annual Summer Reading List. If you subscribe to his monthly newsletter, free-range thinking, then perhaps you look forward to this issue like I do. The list is never long, but it usually combines titles that explore the human psyche or human behavior and nonprofit business skill-building. I haven't read any of these (yet), but I usually enjoy his recommendations so I'll probably pick up one or two.
 

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One of our readers emailed me asking me what the difference was between a business plan and a strategic plan, which is a great question. Luckily for us, the Alliance for Nonprofit Management has answered that question in a piece they published several years ago, Business Planning for Nonprofits: Why, When — and How It Compares to Strategic Planning (PDF). In a nutshell:
 

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My love of blogs is no secret. My Google Reader is filled with hundreds of entries every day. Some of them are related to my professional work--many of them are not. Much of what I read I do so for pure pleasure. Cooking and design blogs fall into that category. So imagine my surprise to find that in my Reader today, from one of my favorite design blogs, there's a great post on free software for business owners.

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For those of you who didn't get enough weekend, or maybe ended up seeing patients this weekend (like I did), a little inspiration.

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Today's Q&A comes to us from Cindy Jennings, coordinator of the Dayton, OH program. Cindy's been a constant down in the Miami Valley, running one of the older programs in Ohio and she graciously responded to my call for submissions. Thanks, Cindy!
 
I’ve been a SANE since: 1997

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I'd like to give a quick plug for our session at IAFN this year. For those of you attending, we will be doing an all day workshop (PDF) on Saturday, Oct. 24th on program management and leadership development. The workshop will use a mock clinical program case file (given to people in advance) to tackle common issues that develop in the course of running a program.

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Last week over at Networking for Good, there was a teleconference on storytelling as an online fundraising technique.

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