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Helping Organizations Thrive 

November 2011 Edition
Welcome to my November 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 October 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." 

Most editions include sections from one of two longer articles I'm writing.  Why Organizations Thrive  and Why Organizations Go Off Course detail 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 any Executive Director can use to improve their organization's capacity to fulfill its mission.


This edition includes Why Organizations Thrive Lesson 14: Embrace Your Role in the Network. 


I previously devoted a separate lesson (Lesson 2) to the importance of relationships as a major factor in determining the health of a nonprofit. Nonprofits that relentlessly focus on building personal relationships tend to be more successful.


Just as individuals form personal relationships, organizations have connections to other organizations. If you were to somehow "map" out all these connections into a network, you would get a glimpse at how an individual organization interacts with its connections.


Organizations that understand and embrace their role in the network are more likely to thrive than those who view themselves as stand-alone agents of change.


Why should you embrace your role in the network? And how do you embrace it?


Read the full article.  


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Recent Success Stories and New Clients

I've concluded my work with the Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association, which involved facilitating a strategic planning retreat and providing follow-up advice on organizational strategies. 

I'm in the final stages of working with Texas LCV on a new strategic plan.

On October 26th, I conducted a webinar for the State Environmental Leadership Program on effective volunteer management.  I've posted the slides from the webinar on my website. 

I've begun working with the Wild Salmon Center and three other conservation groups to develop effective communications for a 2012 campaign aimed at improved conservation in Oregon state forests.

I'm providing assistance to Georgia Conservation Voters and the Tennessee Conservation Voters regarding budgeting for 2012.  In both cases, the work follows up on summer 2011 site visits at which I worked with the respective organizations on administrative systems and governance issues.

Check out my website for a complete list of all my clients.


I recently posted three presentations I've made on my website.

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