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Yes, I am going to contribute to the continuing listification of the Internet. But hey, who doesn't like a good Top Ten list? Here are some books on my shelf that I keep going back to for wisdom and inspiration.


b2ap3_thumbnail_sustain.jpgNonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability
by Jeanne Bell, Jan Masaoka, Steve Zimmerman

208 pages, published Nov 2010, $28

When it comes to decision-making, as I've written before, we sometimes let our subjective opinions or biases get in the way. Bell, Masaoka, and Zimmerman provide an excellent framework that will help you and your team give importance to the aspects of your planning that deserve it.


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b2ap3_thumbnail_chnate.jpgFor more than 16 years, Chante LaGon has worked with words as a journalist, marketing consultant, and event planner. She was founding editor of Headz: The Subterranean Guide to Hip-Hop Culture and has worked at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Lunar Magazine. Her journalism career continued at Creative Loafing, where she held various positions including Managing Editor and Special Projects Director. Her blog, Chante Sez, is an excellent resource to keep your writing skills up to par and she can be found on Twitter as @ChanteSez.

The following is reposted from with permission:

Chante Sez ... Check the time

Better late than never … no matter when on Wednesday the Tip of the Day is posted, it’s always on time! And speaking of time, here’s how to write it.

  • Always use a.m. and p.m. For example: “The show started at 8 p.m.”
  • Noon and midnight are preferred over 12 p.m. and 12 a.m.
  • Don’t use a colon followed by double zeros. This is wrong: “The show started at 8:00 p.m.”
  • For a time range, use a hyphen. Like this: “The performance is scheduled for 9:30-11 a.m.”
  • As you may have noticed in the example above, you only have to reference a.m. or p.m. once. If the time range includes a.m. and p.m., use both. For example: “I was in the meeting from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.”
  • It’s OK to use “o’clock” but it’s best used in prose, or long-form writing. For example: “It was dark and stormy, which was odd for 3 o’clock on a winter afternoon.”

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In the spirit of the giving season, here's a collection of links to some freebies and few items to lighten up your day:
  • Get pro bono services in marketing, fundraising, HR, IT, board development, and more though the Taproot Foundation.
  • has lots of donated products and services available for nonprofits and libraries.
  • Create your own interactive infographics with
  • Itching do to some data visualizations? Tableau Public is free (Windows only).
  • Font Awesome offers free icon sets for your website, e-newsletter or anywhere you need to use them.
  • Stretch your skimpy communications budget and check out Compfightfoter and the morgueFile for free stock photos.
  • If you use a CAPTCHA on your website forms, why not make them fun with Are you a human?

And just for your amusement:

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