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Learning from our Fellow Affiliates – A Valentine

by Alison Rector, FCA of Maine “What’s the biggest challenge at your FCA right now?”  This is the question I use to get to know colleagues at our national conference.  I really enjoy the encounters with fellow volunteers at national conferences, meeting new friends from around the USA and Canada.    Read more

Meet an Extraordinary Volunteer!

  Art Trimble By Marcy Klein What do you expect to be doing at age 98? Shuffling around in a nursing home or staring at a television set? Maybe not. Take a peek at the life of FCA “volunteer extraordinaire” Art Trimble, of Rochester, New York. Read more

The gift of education for the holidays

–John Lantz, FCA National Board of Trustees. I was talking with Kathy Long, Executive Director of Peoples Memorial Association (PMA) and I think she has a really great idea! How about giving the gift of a membership in the local FCA to your nieces, nephews, and friends in the next generation? Read more

Making Love on Facebook

Well, making “like”, anyway. Laurie Powsner of the FCA of Princeton put together a short tutorial on how to easily share content on your FCA’s Facebook page. Swapping articles and stories from other FCA groups is an easy way to spread our message without reinventing the wheel. Read more

Should your FCA buy liability insurance? Probably not.

–Josh Slocum, executive director Lots of FCA-affiliated organizations have questions about liability insurance. Do we need it? What if we get sued? Shouldn’t every nonprofit have insurance?  The short answer to the last one is, “no,” but the reasons aren’t always straightforward. Read more

Recruiting volunteers and leaders for your FCA

-Josh Slocum, executive director If we treated feeding ourselves the way most of us approach getting active board members, it would look like this:   Camera dollies in to a man with a panicked expression, clutching the phone. .  John: The cupboard is bare, and I’ve tried everything, but all the grocery stores are closed. Read more

Putting your FCA in low-power mode

-Josh Slocum, executive director

Has your board got one foot in the grave? Do you lurch from meeting to meeting just hoping to get a quorum? Does no one want to be on your board ever, no matter how hard you try? You’re not alone. The most common request for help we get is from local FCAs with few active board members and no new prospects. Read more