Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Security for Nonprofits

I've talked in the past about the generous geeks in our community willing to help out nonprofits.  Many out there either donate or significantly discount their normal fees.  This picture is from a class that started Tuesday morning on security for nonprofits with Bob Hooper as the instructor.  

Many of us in the nonprofit field are running as fast as we can so we rarely stop to look at the security in our office.  But it’s important.  We’re responsible for donor data.  We don’t want to lose it and we certainly don’t someone else to access it.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Connecting the dots

You have finally started to grasp what a Community Foundation actually does.  You have begun to recognize some, if not all, of CCF’s staff members.  Now, what in the world does each of us do?

To help clarify, the next several blog posts will focus on staff profiles, allowing  you to not only put 
face with a name, but to also distinguish our roles at the Foundation.

At the Foundation, Liz Marshall is where it all begins.  She is the friendly voice that you are likely to hear when you call, the one responsible for the majority of day-to-day operations at the office, and the administrator who keeps us all organized.  

When to contact Liz:

-To schedule a meeting with a staff member

-To make conference room reservations

-To request a speaker for an event

In addition to her role at the Foundation, Liz enjoys her "retirement" traveling with her husband and spending time with her grandchildren.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Lessons learned from holiday habits

T ’was the night before Christmas and Scrooge-like, I thanked a shopkeeper for not playing Christmas music. Not three hours later, at a Christmas Eve service, the congregation collectively drew a deep breath and started in on “Oh Come All Ye Faithful.” In that instant I was thankful for the music but even more thankful that the words came effortlessly to mind, just in time, as if I had practiced for years. Which made me realize that I had practiced for years, even if only a few minutes each year.

 It does not take much for an act, if executed regularly…even infrequently, to embed itself deep into your being. I made a mental note to watch for the pull of rare but regular acts and how they shape us.

I did not have to wait long to start taking notes.