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We receive information from many, many sources -books, articles, podcasts, newsletters, social media, mainstream media, and IRL (in real life), of course. How do you take that, retain it, and use it?
Not always, but hopefully frequently enough, we learn something interesting, insightful, helpful, or all of the above. But then what? What do you do when you finish a book, good enough for notes in the margin?Read More »How To Organize Notes
Feeling overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin to organize your work?
We’re on what seems to be day 756 of lock-down. Children have only had 34 days of in-person school this year. While I am languishing, I also feel like I’m running on the fasted treadmill of my life. Perhaps you are experiencing something similar?
Nonprofit professionals notoriously wear many hats. In times like this, it’s okay to just hop from one urgent task to another at first, but this is unsustainable for strong program management. What’s more, when you actually do have time to work, it’s hard to know where and how to start. Follow these four steps to get started:Read More »How To Get Organized
For March Services in Actionâ€™s Book Club learned about Gutsy Women. There are some stories that show an ordinary act having an extraordinary outcome. These are the most inspirational stories. Sure, in some occasions people had privilege, wealth, or position that ensured a seat at the table or access to someone who could catapult an idea, but in many cases, it was just one personâ€™s decision to act, and ability to organize, and persistence. Here are a few examples:
Juliette Gordon Low heard about the Boy Scouts in the UK and started Girls Scouts in the US. This afterschool program turned into a generational life-long movement, with an alumni of 59 million US women.Read More »A Guide to Being Gutsy
We are turning our attention to The Aged Family Uganda, (www.tafu.org/) an NGO in Kampala, Uganda. TAFU provides support for elderly people at home and in hospital.
Elderly people in Uganda receive little attention. Yet their role, especially grandmothers, is an essential part of the growth and wellbeing of the country. As HIV/AIDs has left many children without parents, it is grandmothers who step in to the caregiving role. It is TAFUâ€™s mission to care for elderly people, check in on them, and advocate for the them.
In the April 2020, little was known about the spread of COVID. When Nataria Namusisi, 82, in the Nakulabye Kimwany town in Luweero came down with the flu, her family was concerned how this would affect them. Right away, her granddaughter Rose was brought home from school to help care for Nataria. Roseâ€™s mother informed a family member of the illness, this family member also happened to be the Chair of the COVID task force.Read More »Supporting The Aged Family Uganda
Over the past year as life has changed, many of us have responded by taking up new hobbies and routines. I for one, have discovered the incredible world of podcasts and audiobooks. Although I have always had a keen interest in listening to stories, this new hobby has really gained momentum. I listen all the time, mostly while doing other chores such as cooking.
I listen to a lot of podcasts for nonprofit professionals and how to do good better. While not all podcasts are created equal, here is my list of top choices:Read More »Top 5 Podcasts for Nonprofit Professionals
As we set goals for the year to come, it is important to recognize where we have come from. Despite many setbacks and struggles, some incredible strides were made.
Weâ€™ve had smoother years in the past. Weâ€™ve had easier years in the past. But this past year truly represents what Services in Action is:
Visit for the information services -the tools, resources, direction, and advice, and stay for the project that you just need someone to take care of for you!Read More »2020 Round Up
The nonprofit industry is made up of people who care passionately, putting people before profit.
Unlike government and other influential decision-makers who respond to the changing requests of the people they serve, the nonprofit industry upholds their organizationâ€™s mission unwaveringly.
This past week some headlines have read â€œWho can get the COVID vaccine in Florida? Hint: It helps if you have donated to a hospitalâ€ and â€œPlaying favorites? Hospital boards, donors get COVID shots.â€Read More »Playing Favourites with Vaccines
My first job in the nonprofit sector was with a large, national charity. On the first day, I was being trained by the person whose job I was hired to fill. I asked about a magnet I saw which had another charityâ€™s contact information.
â€œOh,â€ she replied, â€œwe get a lot of calls from people in the community we serve asking for support groups, which we donâ€™t offer. So, I refer them there.â€
â€œThey provide support groups; I didnâ€™t know that.â€ I said.
â€œI donâ€™t actually know if they do, but the person in this role before me told me thatâ€™s what she did, so I did as well.â€
â€œWell!â€ I thought to myself. â€œHow irresponsible! Couldnâ€™t you at least call and find out? That is one of the first things I will do.â€Read More »The Origin
Should it stay or should it go?
Over the past few weeks, weâ€™ve looked at the management of files. Weâ€™ve looked at how to organize them and what to label them. Now letâ€™s turn to storing them.
A record is a file, photo, video, -anything that captures information. Sometimes they matter and sometimes they donâ€™t. Knowing what to keep is an important part of a well-organized filing system, which is essential for not duplicating work, improving organizational memory, organizational knowledge, and being able to tell the complete story of a project, event, program, or system.Read More »Storing, Retaining, and Deleting Files