Support Napa's Earthquake Recovery
Thank you to all who have reached out to support the Napa community, especially those who have offered to volunteer. Since expanding into Napa, CVNL has gotten to know the area, its residents, and the many people working hard in the nonprofit sector to strengthen their communities. Since the recent earthquake, we have been working with our Napa Manager, Jim Tomlinson, to field hundreds of phone calls from victims of the quake and volunteers looking to get involved. We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and the generosity of not only Napa residents, but from the Bay Area and beyond.If you are a volunteer looking to help support recovery efforts, you will need to check in at theEmergency Volunteer Center (EVC) in Napa: 3765 Solano Avenue, Napa, 94558. The center is being run out of Grace Church. Please proceed to the back of the parking lot to the classrooms; our team will be there to register you and assign you based on the most immediate needs.Natural disasters such as this force us to stop, reflect, and appreciate the many things we often take for granted. We extend our thoughts to everyone impacted by the earthquake, and will do everything we can to support the recovery process. To contact our Napa office, call 707-252-6222. To make a donation, consult the information below. RED CROSS: Make donations at RedCross.org or text “Red Cross” to 90999 to donate $10. If you’d like to specifically designate the money for earthquake relief for Napa and Vallejo, send a check to the American Red Cross of Napa County at 1790 Third St., Napa, CA 94559, and write “Disaster Relief Napa and Vallejo” on the bottom of the check.SALVATION ARMY: Cash donations or volunteer requests can be made at GoSalArmy.org. In addition, donations can be provided in person – designated checks, nonperishable food items, or water – at 630 Tuolumne St., Vallejo CA 94590 or 590 Franklin St., Napa, CA 94559.SOLANO/NAPA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: Donations by check designated toward earthquake relief in Napa and Vallejo can be sent to 5130 Fulton Drive, Suite R, Fairfield, CA 94534.NAPA VALLEY FOOD BANK: Checks can be mailed to 1766 Industrial Way, Napa, CA 94558. Call (707) 253-6128 to make a credit card donation or go to canv.org.
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Time is Running Out: Will You Celebrate A Change-maker This Year?
A doctor who performed eight, crucial surgical procedures for Marin’s vulnerable population probono. A high school sophomore who founded an eye clinic in the Canal District and collected 2,000+ pairs of glasses. A nonprofit who created 38 affordable properties in Marin that served 1,400 individuals. These are just some of the stories shared and celebrated at last years’ Heart of Marin Awards Ceremony and Luncheon. I encourage you to share a new story by submitting a nomination: help make our 21st year the most memorable and inspiring yet!
Ready to Ignite Your Inner Leader? Introducing the Center's revitalized Education and Training Department!
Welcome back, friends! We’re thrilled to kick off another fall season of Education & Training programs here at the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership. We’re especially excited because nearly 200 of you responded to our recent training survey and we heard you loud and clear: leadership education is your #1 priority and participating in learning cohorts over time extends your educational progress. To all nonprofit leaders – of staff, of boards, of volunteers, of teams – we invite you to explore our newest series developed in response to our survey findings. Leading Teams to Victory: Your Role as Individual, Supervisor, and Team Leader will help you explore leadership through multiple lenses and will be held on First Fridays from October through December. To all aspiring leaders – inquisitive managers, new executive directors, recent sector-changers – we invite you to apply to be part of our highly reviewed and intensive Emerging Leaders Program. In four packed days in November and December, our expert faculty leads you through the nuts and bolts of nonprofit compliance and management and into the world of board, brand and fund development. Not ready for a series just yet? Explore over 20 additional workshops scheduled from September through December – from Mission Minded’s Minute Message Model in October to Kim Klein’s Creating an Upgrading Team in December. Once again, we’ve followed through on your specific requests: just behind leadership were marketing/communications and fund development as the most requested training topics! Act fast – we are offering a Back to School Registration Special for the months of August and September! And as you’ll see, there has never been a better time to renew or become a member – both to join our community and to save even more. But don’t go just yet – read ahead for even more Center developments that you’ll want to share with your board and staff – ways to find off-the-beaten-path grants; recruit new board members that might be your neighbors; and even build coalitions in unlikely places. We look forward to seeing you at the Center this fall! In Community, Georgia Antonopoulos Director of Education and Training P.S. Remember – signing up this week and next month will guarantee you deep discounts on our most popular programs. And be sure to take advantage of our free informational workshops, too – Grantseeking, BoardMatch and Foundation Center! And finally, if you have any questions or would just like to introduce yourself (I'm a newbie from Boston), don’t hesitate to reach me directly at 415-448-0331 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Does Your Board Committee Structure Need Some Spring Cleaning?
Does Your Board Committee Structure Need Some Spring Cleaning?By David Livingston Styers, Director of Consulting/Senior Board Governance Consultant A committee has often been described as a cul-de-sac down which good ideas are lured...and then quietly strangled.When it comes to board structure, there is certainly no one size fits all, but there are some specific trends that can help advance the mission between board meetings. All nonprofit governing boards have substantially more work to do than can ever be accomplished at monthly or quarterly meetings. Many boards try to solve the problem by creating committees to work on issues between meetings. But even with the best intentions, boards sometimes don't build their committee structures properly, creating even more work for board and staff members.Each organization must develop its own unique model and structure for the board based on the organization's environment, history, set of personalities, and culture. Typically, there are no laws that regulate the structures of committees, as they do not make organizational decisions. Some state laws, including CA, address audit committee matters. To avoid frequent changes to the bylaws, however, it is wise not to make them overly specific. For example, it is not necessary to include the board's committee structure in the bylaws beyond stating that the board may establish and lay down committees as needed; they should be described in the board's policies. The one committee to specify in the bylaws is an executive committee.Standing committees are work groups that will always be needed as supports for the board no matter what is happening in the life of the organization. Very small boards may not have separate committees as the board functions as a committee of the whole. Remember: the functions are more important than the structure.Join us on May 2nd to walk through the steps for building a solid committee structure to create a more effective and enjoyable board experience. Thursday, May 2, 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m., $40/$60, with David Styers 555 Northgate Drive, Suite 200, San Rafael, CA 94903
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“People Join Organizations….”
“People join organizations and leave managers.” I learned that management adage in my first class in business school. I had to say it to myself a few times before I understood it: people join organizations that they love and leave those same organizations because of bad managers. “People join organizations and leave managers.” The words sound simple, but they carry a great weight – a lot like being a manager.
Reimagining the Nonprofit Story
In honor of our upcoming Nonprofit Forum, Reimagining the Nonprofit Story, we reached out to Michael Margolis to ask some questions about himself and his approach to storytelling.Q.: On your website, you own being a “misfit geek” and say that storytelling helped you survive. Can you give us an example of how storytelling became a powerful tool in your personal life?A.: When I was 9-years-old my family moved from Lausanne, Switzerland to Los Angeles, California. I didn’t exactly fit in. This experience of being an “outsider” plagued me for much of my life. No matter how hard I tried, I simply never belonged to the culture I was in. Traveling between the worlds can be a lonely experience. Especially when you feel that you see something others don’t see, that you have something to share if only you could translate it into terms your audience can understand. That’s what brought me to storytelling. Today, we all find ourselves in a disruptive age and I suspect many leaders of nonprofit organizations are “traveling between the worlds” as well. In February we want to explore storytelling as a key not only to innovation and marketing, but also to nonprofit leadership and community creation.Q.: When did you realize that storytelling was important for businesses and nonprofits?A.: It began in the late nineties, during my first career as a social entrepreneur. I co-founded two nonprofits before the age of twenty-three working on the issues of volunteerism and workforce development. I experienced my share of success and accolades including funding from national foundations like Ford and Rockefeller. I also experienced my share of failure and sensed that something was missing from the conversation for how nonprofits tell their story. In 2001, I got really sick and took a healing sabbatical that allowed me to explore the link between storytelling and how new ideas are socialized into reality. During the subsequent ten years of my journey, I have seen some of the most creative and established institutions adopt storytelling as a new organizational capability. What you are seeing today is a broader cross-sector movement that we at Get Storied call “humanization of business.” Technology and our interconnectedness are changing how we lead and operate our organizations. It’s also changing how we think of identity and telling a story that our stakeholders can better relate to.
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Q&A with Alan Castner – Volunteering at the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed
Recently, Suzanne Whelan, Mt. Tamalpais Watershed Volunteer Coordinator with Marin Municipal Water District, reached out to the Volunteer Marin team to recognize one of MMWD’s most devoted volunteers – Alan Castner. Alan, referred to glowingly by Suzanne as, “our star Natural Resource Program intern,” is a student at San Francisco State University studying Wildland Restoration.
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Asking the Right Person for the Right Amount
Since it’s time to start thinking about Annual Appeals, we thought we would share an article that we came across in Nonprofit Quarterly, Asking the Right Person for the Right Amount by Kim Klein. Klein is an internationally known fundraising trainer who has worked in all aspects of fundraising. She is best known for adapting traditional fundraising techniques, particularly major donor campaigns, to the needs of organizations with small budgets working for social justice.
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