Do-it-yourself stocking stuffers for nonprofit junkies

You do good things for other folks all year round. In these last days before Christmas, do something nice for yourself — without spending a penny.

I’ve pulled together some terrific stocking stuffer ideas for nonprofit junkies. (That’s you, dear reader.) All are  just a click away.

Blue Avocado. The editors describe this monthly online newsletter as “practical, provocative, and fun food-for-thought for nonprofits.” I refer to it as an indispensable source of wonderful wisdom about board governance and other leadership issues. I first subscribed back when it was known as Board Café, and I can’t image my professional or volunteer work without it.

10-Minute Seminars for Development Professionals, Board Members, and Senior Staff.  Subscribe to this online resource from H. Freeman and Associates, an Indiana fundraising consulting firm. Then be on the alert the first day of each month. A link will be sent to your email address for viewing the video and downloading a one-page discussion guide. I appreciate the conversational tone of the videos and the solid, down-to-earth advice provided.

The Grow Report. A free but, many have said (and I agree), priceless weekly newsletter for the small nonprofit organization. The Grow Report comes out on Thursday morning and offers insider fundraising and marketing tips along with the week’s best articles, culled from the web. Editor Pamela Grow is currently running a contest with the grand prize being a tin of Christmas cookies from her kitchen. You don’t get an offer like that every day.

Monday Movies for Fundraising Professionals. I’ve written about this resource in previous posts, but just in case you missed it the first (or second) time around, do yourself a favor and subscribe today. Your Mondays will never be the same.

A few of my favorite blogs. Top off your stocking with subscriptions to several of the great blogs that are out there today. To get you started, let me recommend Seth Godin’s blog, The Agitator, Getting Attention, Chris Brogan,
onphilanthropy, Faith & Leadership, Michael Hyatt, Beth’s Blog, Oneicity, The Fundraising Coach, Transformative Governance, and of course, Generous Matters.

There’s no need to wait until Christmas day to sample these great online resources. Grab a cup of ‘nog, power up your computer, and enjoy. I’ll be right there with you.

Get in the spirit: Add your own stocking stuffer ideas to my list. The more the merrier.

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