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As I am working to wrap things up here at Aspiration before I move to San Diego, I am taking steps to prepare for my replacement. Unfortunately, staff turnover is quite common in nonprofit organizations. Even though no one really wants employee turnover, I think as managers we need to create processes and be prepared when turnover occurs so things can continue to run smoothly in the organization.
If you are in the Bay Area, please join me for the last Nonprofit Operations Brown bag lunch to discuss, "Preparing for Employee Transition," on August 8, 2007.
I learned traditional fundraising methods during my Masters degree and from the many workshops I've attended over the years. The one thing I remember the most from these seminars is—nonprofits need to diversify their funding sources and not to rely too much on one source of funding. However, my personal experiences in organizations have taught me quite the opposite.
In the first organization I worked for, we relied solely on individual donors.
In another organization, we relied solely on Foundation grants.
I can't contain myself any longer! I am so excited, I must blog about my new adventure.
Many of you saw my blog post a few months ago about my personal struggle with taking the GRE. Well I have some great news! I persevered—retook the GRE, got 100 points higher, then applied to three Universities and actually got accepted to all three!! I decided to attend the University of San Diego in the fall and pursue a PhD in Leadership with a nonprofit management focus.
It is possible to achieve your dreams!
I just set up a 403b retirement account for our employees. It was not easy. Even after 8 months or so of researching for the best option for my nonprofit, I still can't tell you much about retirement plans—that is why I am thankful I found Greg Guardiano, an Ameriprise Financial Advisor to help me.
Today we tried to have a Nonprofit Ops brown bag lunch about creating an Nonprofit Operations Manual but no one showed up. I'm not sure if it is because this isn't an interesting topic or my poor advertising. Oh well—I did have quite a few people e-mail me and tell me they couldn't make it to the discussion and asked me to send them an Operations Manual template.
Hooray to all those hard working Admin/Operations/HR/IT/Finance staff within nonprofits. This is your week to celebrate and appreciate your role in the organization!
Why isn't there a holiday for program staff or executives—you say?
Because we as admin/operations/hr/finance staff do the grunt work that no one else likes to do!