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Helping Organizations Thrive 
April 2013 Edition
Welcome to my April 2013 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 (mostly) e-newsletter.  If you want to unsubscribe, just look for the link at the bottom.   My most recent 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.


Why Organizations Go off Course Lesson Seven is: Prioritize Effective Board Meetings.


Some might feel this fits in the "of course" category.  Yet, I've encountered too many examples of ineffective board meetings not to include it in the lesson list for Why Organizations Go Off Course.


Two of my past lessons covered a couple ways in which board meetings can be ineffective.  They can continually rehash past decisions (Lesson 6).  They can stifle conflict instead of exposing and respectfully resolving it (Lesson 4).


Here are three other ways I've seen board meetings go awry over the last two decades, along with the consequences for the organization.


Read the rest of the article.


Download the article as a PDF.

Recent Success Stories and New Clients

After working with the Denver Region Mobility and Access Council voted to generate a strategic plan in 2012, I am now working with them to further develop their fundraising strategies and capacity.  In late March, I led a fundraising workshop for their board and fundraising committee. 

In February, I generated a Development Plan for the Central Coast Land Conservancy.  I am providing them ongoing training, coaching, and planning over the course of 2013. 

In early February, I led a fundraising workshop for the Wallowa Land Trust.  I am now working on a Feasibility Study that will be used by the organization to determine their long-term fundraising strategies.

I am in the latter stages of a strategic planning process for Georgia Conservation Voters, which has taken me twice so far this year to the Peach State.  

I continue to provide ongoing development planning and training services to the Matthew Shepard Foundation

I am providing some general organizational development advice to the Everett Coho Derby regarding their relationship with another organization. 

On Saturday April 6th, I will be presenting one workshop and facilitating another at the Washington County Citizen Action Network's 3rd Annual Summit. 

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

Looking for a presentation for your organization or coalition's conference, workshop, or event? 

I've recently updated my website to more fully describe presentations I've delivered or am prepared to deliver.  Contact me directly for more information.  
Recent Blog Entries

Note: I am actively looking for Guest Blog submissions.  If you have some thoughts to share on any aspect of organizational development, shoot me an email and we can discuss length, timing, etc.

A Fascinating Video about Motivation

Thoughts on Engagement Organizing

Thoughts on the Growing Importance of Peer to Peer Fundraising - Guest Blog on The

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Clarifying the Why when Doing Strategic Planning

Nonprofit Leadership Traits

Don't Take Board Relationships for Granted

Some Opening Thoughts on Leadership

Time is your Most Precious Commodity

Looking for one of my past blog entries on a particular topic?   I have now categorized my past blog entries.  Just go to my website and hover over the "blog" link on the navigation bar and you can see the topics and choose from among them. 
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