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Helping Organizations Thrive  
May 2016 Edition
Welcome to my May 2016 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.
Portland workshop: The Essential Major Donor Toolkit

On June 2nd from 1:30-4:30, I will lead a special workshop in Portland unveiling my Essential Major Donor Toolkit.  

The workshop is limited to 20 participants, with about half the slots still available as of May 18th.

What Works

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

In this edition, I focus back on a past topic: productive board meetings.  Too many nonprofits see board meetings as a chore instead of as a key opportunity for strategy development and increased engagement.  In part, that's because board meetings aren't handled well in their planning and execution. 

So without further adieu, here are my top 17 tips for planning and conducting an effective board meeting.  

Read the Tips Online.

Download the Tips as a PDF.  
Recent Success Stories and New Clients

In late April, I facilitated a 3-day staff retreat for Western Resource Advocates.

From May 19-21, I will be in Milwaukee, WI attending the annual conference of State LCVs for the 20th consecutive year! 

On May 26th, I will be leading a workshop on the effective use of nonprofit dashboards for the  Nonprofit Network of Southwest Washington.  

In mid-June, I will be facilitating a meeting for Travel Oregon.

I continue doing ongoing work with the Bus Federation facilitating periodic meetings of Bus Federation affiliate leaders.  The next convening is slated for early August.  

Check out my website for a complete list of all my clients.
Recent Blog Entries and Tip Sheets

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.

Thoughts on Developing a Culture of Philanthropy

Tips for Virtual Meetings

Should your Nonprofit Use a Resource Council?

What Makes Something a "Strategic" Plan?

Donor Stewardship Basics and Beyond

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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