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FIO Partners - Fall 2009 Newsletter
On the east coast, the leaves have mostly fallen and there is a chill in the air. Fall is nearing an end...and winter lies ahead of us. The last few months were challenging for many of our clients as each faced difficult decisions - working to figure out how to deal with the on-going effort of maintaining services and programs in what continues to be a challenging environment. We are watching clients layoff staff, close programs, reduce services...these are not fun times. Jane wrote a fantastic piece for our blog though...that encourages all us to think of these difficult times as an opportunity, a way to improve what we do to increase our positive impact on our communities -- a new dawn. Our newsletter this quarter aims to share with you recent blog posts that you may find helpful, upcoming events and training opportunities, and project examples. Please let us know what might be most helpful to you!

Recent Project Work
We are often asked, what type of work do you do? What is organizational development? How do you help nonprofit organizations? We thought it would be helpful to provide you some examples of recent projects to give a better sense of our work.
  • Facilitation of Merger Process:  Through a series of in-person meetings and webinars, FIO Partners facilitated the merger process for two nonprofit organizations that provided similar services. The process included 1) FIO Partner's Climate Survey in both organizations to assess cultural fit and 2) the development of the Memorandum of Understanding on which the merger plan was based.
  • Strategic Plan Development:  A client, with FIO Partners support, recently developed and finalized their strategic plan.  FIO Partners played a major role in the gathering of information to support strategic decision making including:  focus groups with staff, interviews with external stakeholders, trends analysis, financial ratio analysis, internal capacity assessment, Board and staff surveys, and assessment of information management. 
  • Network Development:  FIO Partners continues to work with a number of groups of nonprofits who are interested in creating formal and informal networks that are service and regionally based.  We provide facilitation support in order to develop and come to consensus on key governance issues and operating agreements.
Do you have a project or issue that you are struggling with?  Do not hesitate to reach out to us to discuss what your organization is facing, whether near or far, through our use of webinars and collaborative technology we may be able to help.  Just send a note over to info@fiopartners.com

Recent and Upcoming Events
In early November, Jane facilitated a session at "The Power of Partnering", sponsored by Novartis Pharmaceuticals, which provided more than 80 nonprofit senior executives timely, valuable information about nonprofit management. Jane's session was entitled, "Surviving the Tough Decisions". If you are interested in viewing the slides, you can see them here.

Throughout the fall, Anne has presented on a number of occasions on the importance of social media for organizations such as the CT Association of Dietitians, the Annual Conference of the CT Housing Coalition, Middlesex Adult Education, CT Association of Nonprofits, and the Middlesex Substance Abuse Action Committee's Annual Meeting.  For a listing of resources and slides from the sessions, view her recent social media resource round - up



On November 23rd, Jane will be presenting "Forging Nonprofit Alliances: A Framework for Implementation" as an afternoon workshop at the Connect Nonprofit Conference, hosted by the CT Association of Nonprofits.  It will be a great opportunity for learning and networking - come to the conference and catch up with Jane!  For more details and registration information, view the conference website

Jane will also be presenting at the Hispanics in Philanthropy regional convening sessions for grantees to be held in Springfield, MA  and Hartford, CT on December 1st and December 11th.  She will be presenting an introduction to strategic alliances, with a focus on how to identify opportunities to partner and initiate the process.  For more information, contact Adam at HIP.
FIO Partners Perspectives

Blog Posts to Support Your Efforts to Manage in Difficult Times
It is our commitment to you over the next few months to develop blog posts to help you successfully lead your organizations through these difficult times.  Below are a few posts to get you started:

November 9, 2009 - Organizations that Can Learn Will Survive 

November 2, 2009 - How Can We Work Together Through Difficult Times

April 15, 2008 -
Thinking About the Core In A Time of Retrenchment

Upcoming topics will include managing change, assessing Executive Director performance, and creating networks.  Subscribe to our blog to receive these posts in your inbox or blog reader!

Calling all nonprofit bloggers!
Join us on Monday, November 30th at FIO Partners Perspectives when we will be hosting the Nonprofit Blog Carnival, providing a round-up of blog posts on the theme of "collaboration." Submissions (include the permalink to your post) will be accepted until November 25th.


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