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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Many of you are probably working on some aspect of grant writing and/or fundraising right now. I know I am. So I was really interested in this short article published over at Network for Good on 6 words every nonprofit should avoid. I'm not going to say a lot about it, since it's a pretty self-explanatory piece, except this: all 6 words show up (often) in my most recent grant application.
 
Damn.
 

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I am thrilled to announce that our 1st bulletin from the Sustainability project has just been released.

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Recently I spoke on the topic of sustainability, and afterwards received an email from a member of the audience. She wrote to tell me that although she agreed with one of my messages--that asking for help is a critical part of sustaining a program--she wasn't convinced people knew how to ask for help very effectively. I'm pretty sure she's right. Asking for help is easier said than done. So what follows are some brief articles and posts on the topic.

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Over at the Community Driven Institute website, you'll find an interesting article, Building & Sustaining Strong, Engaged Programs. The author looks at how we build sustainable programs, and emphasizes shifting the focus away from the traditional financial-centric approach and focusing instead on infrastructure and community benefit.

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Before I get on a plane for Seattle this morning, I wanted to talk briefly about cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA). It's the technique of selecting among competing wants when resources are limited, a position most SANE programs know well. Do we get a shiny new piece of equipment or do we send 5 nurses to SANE training? Do we add 8 more hours a week to our coordinator position or do we start paying call time? We have a lot of competing wants in our world, and often a paucity of resources.

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I had a reader ask for some basic resources on emergency contraception. Specifically information supporting the argument for using Plan B (a more expensive medication) over Ovral or other combined oral contraceptive pills (which cost pennies). The reader mentioned that from a sustainability perspective, doesn't it make sense to go with the cheaper medication?
 

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It's always nice to see the work we do get some good press, particularly in a national publication. Check out this article from last week's USA Today, including IAFN President & project consultant Jennifer Pierce-Weeks. Fantastic!

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One of the things I really look forward to getting delivered every month is Andy Goodman's newsletter free-range thinking. It's aimed at "public interest communicators who want to reach more people for more impact."  He's a huge proponent of storytelling as a means to communicating your message and this month he has an article (PDF) that takes that idea one step further.

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I hope everyone is having a happy and peaceful holiday season. In the spirit of the impending new year and the resolutions that go with it, I'd like to turn your attention to a piece I missed earlier this fall. David Brooks, in the NY Times, mentioned this article as one of his favorites of the year: If Air Travel Worked Like Health Care, by Jonathan Rauch (National Journal).

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