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Helping Organizations Thrive 
March 2014 Edition
Welcome to my March 2014 email newsletter. 

The mission of Jonathan Poisner Strategic Consulting is to make the world a better place by helping mission-driven 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 contain a section I call "What Works." 

Mostly "What Works" focuses on either Why Organizations Thrive  or 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 Eleven is:  Focus on the Team.  

This lesson is best begun via a story.

An Executive Director I knew was launching a new fundraising event for a small organization that had been around quite a few years.  I asked: "Are you using an Event Committee to recruit event and table sponsors?"  The reply: "I discussed it with my event consultant and we decided that it would take more work calling and arranging meetings of the committee, so we'll instead just work with individual volunteers one-on-one to enlist their help."

Two months later the same Executive Director was complaining that they're doing all the work recruiting sponsors.  The volunteers just weren't coming through.

I wasn't surprised.

Too often, new Executive Directors calculate that easiest way to do something is to "just do it."  "I can do it myself in a day, so why should I spend a day recruiting and training and cajoling others to do it, and then maybe they won't."


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Recent Success Stories and New Clients

I'm in the latter stages of a project assisting the Coalition for a Livable Future with a combination of coaching, training, and planning for future fundraising. 

I'm also in the latter stages of a 6 month project with the Oregon Center for Public Policy to develop a new strategic plan.  In April, we will turn our attention to generating a new development plan. 

I recently launched a strategic planning process for the Montana Budget and Policy Center.   I'll be in Missoula in late April to facilitate a planning retreat.

I'm continuing to provide ongoing assistance to the Blue Mountains Conservancy aimed at generating new leadership and funding for the organization.   I'll be in La Grande in early April to lead a board development workshop.

In late May, I will be presenting a workshop entitled Major Donor Fundraising 201 at the annual River Rally co-hosted by the River Network and the Waterkeeper Alliance.

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.

Evaluating on Two Levels

One big Idea and Three Takeaways

Invest in Professional Development

Building your Donor Prospect List

Don't Make this Membership Fundraising Mistake

Outcomes Schmoutcomes

Creating a "Time" Budget

12 Tips for Getting Fundraising Meetings

Tips for Fundraising Letters

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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