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Helping Organizations Thrive 
November 2013 Edition
Welcome to my November 2013 email newsletter. 

The mission of Jonathan Poisner Strategic Consulting is to help 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

Most editions of this newsletter contains a section I call "What Works." 

Mostly "What Works" focuses on either Why Organizations Thrive  and Why Organizations Go Off Course, both of which 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.


Why Organizations Go off Course Lesson Nine is: Pay Attention to your Brand.


Too many nonprofits don't pay attention to their organizational communications strategy, focusing only on the tactics of any given communication. Or maybe they plan for communications around a specific program, but never for the institution overall.


I've seen nonprofits that put out great letters, emails, and press releases - but they fail to integrate into any coherent whole. Or worse, they are internally contradictory.


Nonprofit managers often want to reward employees by letting them express their creativity (since high pay isn't one of the perks), but this creativity can undermine the organization's need to speak with a consistent voice.


Why is this so problematic? And how can organizations address the challenge without spending money they don't have on outside consultants?


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Recent Success Stories and New Clients

More than 450 people have now downloaded my E-Book: Why Organizations Thrive: Lessons from the Front Lines for Nonprofit Executive Directors.  I'm always looking for feedback on the book, so please send it to me so I can take that feedback into account if I publish a second edition.   

In late October,  I led a board development workshop for the Vancouver Watersheds Alliance. 

On November 4th, I presented Major Donor Fundraising 201 at the annual conference of the Nonprofit Network of Southwest Washington. 

I'm in the mid-stages of a project assisting the Coalition for a Livable Future with a combination of coaching, training, and planning for future fundraising.  In December, we'll be focused on creating a new Development Plan.

I recently launched a 6 month project with the Oregon Center for Public Policy to develop a new strategic plan, along with the fundraising strategies to support it.   November's focus -- designing the process and identifying the research needed and the plan for the research.   In December, we'll dive into the research.

On November 19th, I assisted the Blue Mountains Conservancy with a meeting aimed at generating new leadership for the organization. 

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

Building your Donor Prospect List

Don't Make this Membership Fundraising Mistake

Outcomes Schmoutcomes

Video Blog Lesson One: Relationships Interview

Creating a "Time" Budget

12 Tips for Getting Fundraising Meetings

Tips for Fundraising Letters

Making them Move

"I Was Waiting for" is Not a Valid Excuse

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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