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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The Sustainability Blog will be taking a temporary hiatus in order to plan for the next phase of our project. Before we go, though, how about one last, chewy post for the road?
 
10 Tips for SANE Sustainability:

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Anthony Tjan has a great post today about keeping employees happy. It's something we talk about all the time, since we know people aren't always paid what they deserve, and we know the hours people give to call are often ridiculous. And yet, there are some programs that have very little turnover, and it's not necessarily because they have more money than everyone else.
 

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Many of you are probably working on some aspect of grant writing and/or fundraising right now. I know I am. So I was really interested in this short article published over at Network for Good on 6 words every nonprofit should avoid. I'm not going to say a lot about it, since it's a pretty self-explanatory piece, except this: all 6 words show up (often) in my most recent grant application.
 
Damn.
 

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I'm so excited to announce that the website for AEquitas is now live. For those of you unfamiliar with this new project:
 

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I am thrilled to announce that our 1st bulletin from the Sustainability project has just been released.

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Are you on Facebook? Did you know many of your favorite organizations and projects are there?

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Recently I spoke on the topic of sustainability, and afterwards received an email from a member of the audience. She wrote to tell me that although she agreed with one of my messages--that asking for help is a critical part of sustaining a program--she wasn't convinced people knew how to ask for help very effectively. I'm pretty sure she's right. Asking for help is easier said than done. So what follows are some brief articles and posts on the topic.

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We are close to having our next bulletin on writing business plans available, so in anticipation of said forthcoming bulletin, I want to talk briefly about planning in general. Planning is not something into which I've seen many SANE programs put a lot of time and effort, except when forced to do so by a third party, like a potential funder during the grant writing process. I think sometimes we write planning off as a luxury we can't afford, or we just don't think it's necessary for the everyday business of caring for our patients.

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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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