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Helping Organizations Thrive 

April 2011 Edition
Welcome to my April 2011 email newsletter. The mission of Jonathan Poisner Strategic Consulting is to help progressive organizations thrive.  I do that by assisting my clients with strategic planning, campaign planning, coalition building, fundraising, communications, and other organizational development challenges.

To keep people informed about my work, I set up this monthly e-newsletter.  If you want to unsubscribe, just look for the link at the bottom.     My March edition can be read in my archive.

For a complete lists of the consulting services I offer, check out my website.
What Works

Each edition of this newsletter contains a section I call "What Works." 

I'm in the process of writing a long article entitled: Why Organizations Thrive.  The article details fifteen lessons I learned while growing the Oregon League of Conservation Voters (OLCV), buttressed by my observations of dozens of other groups both in Oregon and across the country. 

Collectively, I believe these lessons are a very useful set of principles that Executive Directors can use to improve their organization's capacity to fulfill their missions.


These lessons include topics such as October's lesson:  Become a Very Good Public Speaker and January's lesson: Communicate excessively with your board.   


You can view all of the lessons so far on my website.   


Lesson 10 is:  Synergize.    


The vast majority of organizations have more ideas for what they can do to achieve their mission than they can possibly do.  Planning is about making choices about which of those ideas make the most sense given the lay of the land.


What's important is not to make those choices in isolation from one another.


As a growing organization, it's critical that your choices are synergistic. 


What do I mean by this?.

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Recent Success Stories and New Clients

On April 1st through 3rd, I traveled to Vegas where I served as a 1-on-1 coach for the League of Conservation Voters at its annual State LCVs conference. 

On April 12th, I presented a webinar on effective coalitions for the State Environmental Leadership Program.  A recording of the webinar is online. (You must register to listen/view the recording, but you won't get emails spamming you).

I am in the early stages of facilitating strategic planning processes for Wyoming Conservation Voters and Florida Conservation Alliance.

I am in the latter stages of strategic planning projects for the National Wildlife Federation Action Fund and for Colorado Conservation Voters. 

I continue to work with Portland's Leadership & Entrepeneurship High School, a public charter school, on development planning. 

I'm also working with the Coalition for a Livable Future in preparing for its Laugh for Livability Fundraiser on June 10th.

I'm about to launch a project in which I'll be assisting California LCV and California LCV Education Fund in better aligning their board governance and development operations.

You can also check out my website for a complete list of all my clients.

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