Two terrific new books for your nonprofit bookshelf
Check out Gayle’s contribution to two new books recently published for the “In The Trenches” series of CharityChannel Press.
When You and Your Nonprofit Board, edited by Terrie Temkin, arrived in our mailbox, we had to read it from cover to cover. Gayle’s contribution, “You’re Not the Boss of Me: the Board Chair and CEO Relationship,” is one of 46 thoughtful essays by America’s leading writers on nonprofit governance. One reviewer says, You and Your Nonprofit Board reads like a conversation among friends, if all your friends were “brilliant and brimming with ideas.”
Three simple consulting questions that can transform your nonprofit
What’s working? What isn’t? What are your recommendations for change? What I like about these questions is that you don’t have to hold a master’s degree in organization development or anything else to use them within your organization to help solve problems, improve programming, or make operations more effective.
Becoming a consultant: is this the job for you?
Catch Jon next Tuesday, August 12 at 12:00 noon EDT online with the Chronicle of Philanthropy.
Jon is one of three consultants who will respond to questions and comments about the switch from a paid job in the nonprofit sector to the life of the consultant.
Montana here we come
I’m off to Montana in a few hours. I can’t wait to get there!
I just started working with Women’s Voices for the Earth, a national, women-centered environmental health and justice organization that works to eliminate or substantially reduce environmental toxics impacting human health and to increase women’s participation in environmental decision-making. You might want to host a Green Cleaning Party to encourage your family and friends to get the toxics out of their household cleaning products.
WVE’s headquarters is in Missoula, Montana. They started as a Montana based organization, but are working on issues that affect the health of women across the US. For example, maybe you’ve wondered just how safe those nail salons are that seem to be on every block in the US. WVE’s report “Glossed Over” exposes the health impacts of products used in nail salons — both on the women who use them and the primarily Asian women who work in the salons and are exposed to the chemicals for hours on end.
I’ll share more with you once I’ve gotten out there. As a New England girl, I’m looking forward to those wide open spaces. The first time I traveled to the West, (well, it was the really the southwest, New Mexico, but I’ve since been to Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota) I just was overwhelmed by this big open landscape where you could see for miles and miles. It took me a few visits to get over the culture shock so I’m looking forward to learning more about WVE and its work and enjoying the big sky country.