I have learned that the most effective leaders are those who believe in their own leadership. And not just in their ability to lead, but also in their right to be that person leading others. Which is why program coordinator and leader are not necessarily synonymous. There are a lot of SANE programs that have coordination but no leadership. But even in cases where you find yourself in a coordinator role you never asked for, developing and honing leadership skills is critical for program sustainability.
 

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Traci Jones is running the oldest program in Wyoming. In a land of big, open spaces, she's literally covering a lot of ground. I'm thrilled she's agreed to participate in our Q&A this week so you can get her perpsective on running a thriving SANE program in the rural Mountain West. Thanks, Traci!
 
I’ve been a SANE since: 2003

Hospital or community-based program? This program is a hospital based program at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center in Cheyenne WY.

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Over at the Forensic Healthcare site, Jennifer Pierce Weeks, current IAFN president, has a great guest post on evaluating SANE trainers. If you are responsible for finding someone to train your staff or are contemplating hosting a training in the future, Jen has some great tips on what to consider to make sure you get quality training without necessarily bankrupting your program in the process.

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I periodically read Danielle LaPorte's blog because I like the whole entrepeneurial thing (although it sometimes a little on the heavy-handed side for my tastes). Her post last week on getting your needs met particularly struck a cord, because as we spend more and more time with program managers on this project, I realized how true her observations were.
 

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Most of you are off today, so no new entry. I'll be back next week with a new Coordinator Q&A and other goodies. Have a safe and enjoyable 4th, everyone!

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Because I frequently discuss online fundraising and social marketing, I'm pleased to be able to report that Network for Good is offering a teleconference on the basics. A Beginner's Guide to Online Fundraising and Marketing will cover "10 tips for effective online fundraising and marketing -- even during this down economy.

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In today's Memphis Daily News there's an extensive article on the Memphis SANE program and the issues that have been plaguing them and their community. It's worth a read, for sure.
 
[The Politics of Rape: What Went Wrong at MSARC, Memphis Daily News, June 29, 2009]

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This week, rather than a coordinator Q&A, I wanted to share Andy Goodman's annual Summer Reading List. If you subscribe to his monthly newsletter, free-range thinking, then perhaps you look forward to this issue like I do. The list is never long, but it usually combines titles that explore the human psyche or human behavior and nonprofit business skill-building. I haven't read any of these (yet), but I usually enjoy his recommendations so I'll probably pick up one or two.
 

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One of our readers emailed me asking me what the difference was between a business plan and a strategic plan, which is a great question. Luckily for us, the Alliance for Nonprofit Management has answered that question in a piece they published several years ago, Business Planning for Nonprofits: Why, When — and How It Compares to Strategic Planning (PDF). In a nutshell:
 

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My love of blogs is no secret. My Google Reader is filled with hundreds of entries every day. Some of them are related to my professional work--many of them are not. Much of what I read I do so for pure pleasure. Cooking and design blogs fall into that category. So imagine my surprise to find that in my Reader today, from one of my favorite design blogs, there's a great post on free software for business owners.

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