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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
Is your website working for you?
One of the more surprising activities Services in Action has taken on is website development.
It’s surprising because it was never an area we actively pursued. However, in helping people organize a program, realize an idea, or communicate a mission, a website is an essential component. So evaluating and (re)designing websites became a natural part of our work.
Many times, our website work hasn’t even been for a nonprofit, but for someone on a tight budget. Here are a few examples of our recent work
If this email has you thinking about your own website, or lack thereof, here are six questions to ask your website:Read More »Website Evaluation
This monthâ€™s Book Club read is Eloquent Rage by Brittany Cooper. Itâ€™s an incredibly thought-provoking look at Cooperâ€™s experience growing up as a Black women in the US. The book focuses on the intersectionality of being both Black and a woman.
Cooper describes the very specific â€œmundane magicâ€ it takes to be a Black mother â€œmaking a way out of no way.â€ She argues â€œthe unfair part is that folks are far more concerned with policing how Black women carry the baggage than with reducing the load hoisted upon us in the first place.â€Read More »Meaningful Mothers Day
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