We Learn From Others

Hummingbird Enjoying Bee Balm

I learn from others, grow and change,  as I attend or present at workshops, take webinars, read blogs and read relevant publications to constantly be on top of the changes in the nonprofit landscape.


Based on your feedback, I have decided to continue my regular Friday posts and will helpful resources and tips that I find at low-cost or no cost – Tuesday Tips.


I don’t know about you as the readers of this blog, but I love and dread networking events.  By participating, I learn what is important to others. What are they interested in.  What tools and resources they find helpful.


In August, I attended a networking event for the Association for Fundraising Professionals, Western MA Chapter. I am a former member of that association with eligibility to rejoin, so it was fun to meet newer members and find old friends.  I enjoyed our discussions.  Below are some resources and links based on those discussions, as well as a lens into my process when seeking and writing a grant.


If your organization doesn’t have a professional account with the Foundation Center you can create your own at:
http://foundationcenter.org/profile/register.jhtml;jsessionid=MFVSMIPJEP4WJLAQBQ4CGXD5AAAACI2F  I have found the information on this site helpful.  You can track the courses you complete, and some are free.  There is even a short introduction on how to write a grant proposal.


I also use the following link when I am doing grant research and/or learning about the interest areas of a grantor: http://foundationcenter.org/


This is one blog that I do make time to read: http://www.pamelagrow.com/   It is full of very helpful resources and links.


A great workshop I recently attended was Empowering Your Stakeholders to Become Network Weavers, presented by Debra Askanase: http://www.slideshare.net/Debask/empowering-stakeholders-to-become-network-weavers


Prior to this workshop I did not consider myself a network weaver.  Yet, in person I am, but I am always learning and will now weave the resources and tips I learned into my social media strategy.  Thank you Debra Askanase and Women in Philanthropy of Western MA.  I will start small by exploring and networking a little more on Twitter and Google+.


Still, there is only so much time in a day.  Like some of my colleagues who attended the workshop that day, all my social media time is now spent outside work hours.  Still, I am and learning.  Thank you for your patience!


Evening at Reservoir 2

Last Friday, with an invitation by my C.E.O., I also attended an inspiring breakfast hosted by our local Business Chamber at Barnes Air National Guard Base.  I was so humbled to get an update of the changes, updates and vision for this Base and the 104th Fighter Wing.  It was nice to learn about the support of the local community as well as the collaboration and support from the Local, State and Federal Governments.  The changes and ongoing activities range from facility enhancements to supporting service members and their families.


My thoughts and prayers are with every member of our armed forces who serve, or have served our Country.


My condolences go out to the U.S. Navy, their families, friends and communities for the recent tragedy and losses this week.


According to media sources this tragedy allegedly happened by someone afflicted with Mental Illness.  A statistic from the National Alliance on Mental  Illness: 1 in 4 adults and 1 in 10 children experience mental illness: http://www.nami.org

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