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Common Ground Email News Update for July!
JULY 2006
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You are reading the latest edition of the Common Ground Email News! From time to time, we'll send you a quick email to let you know about new resources, training events, and special opportunities related to your work and ours. We hope you'll relax and take a few minutes to enjoy the update.

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The Common Ground Blog
Just over one year ago, we began the Common Ground Blog in an effort to create a vibrant online social profit community. The blog has been very successful with participation from our clients around the world.

Check it out this month when we?ll be posting daily about our work with the 10th Annual International Summer School to Stop AIDS in Serbia.

"Our group has some unique challenges that Craig was able to isolate and address immediately. Although we still have a long way to go, his guidance and approach has brought us much closer to a solution. He went above and beyond his call of duty with us and, for that, we are very much appreciative."

Patti Aldaz-Carrasco
Associate Director of Training
Communities In Schools

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In just two weeks, I?ll be leaving for the newly independent nation of Serbia to lead the 10th International Summer School to Stop AIDS. Young people from more than 20 countries around the world will be attending and with our third consecutive grant award from the U.S. State Department, Common Ground is responsible for coordinating the educational program. Sponsored and run by Youth of JAZAS in Serbia, this event is one of the world?s best examples of youth leadership in action.

This year, we?ll be joined by one of the world?s foremost peace and justice activists and trainers, and one of my personal mentors, George Lakey, who will be working with me as one of the lead trainers. Last month, I conducted a training for trainers with some of the best students I?ve encountered in the 2004 and 2005 summer schools; and they will be acting as apprentice trainers this year. With this strategy, not only will George and I be educating amazing young leaders from around the globe, we?ll be building a cadre of outstanding young trainers who can continue to work throughout the Balkans.

Also this month, we?ve seen the release of the 2005 Giving USA report. So much of our work at Common Ground has to do with social profit sustainability and fundraising, and if you ever attended one of my workshops, you know how important the data from this report is to the fundraising paradigm that I teach.

In 2005, Americans gave an estimated $260 billion to the issues they care about?an increase of $15 billion or 6.1% over 2004 totals! As is always the case, more than 83% of this money came directly from individuals.

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After that simple step, you'll have access to dozens of fully downloadable resources (more just added) to help you in your work. You'll also be able to view our snapshots gallery; and I'll be able to involve you more directly in our cutting-edge work around the world!

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In Community, Craig

Craig A. Bowman, President
Common Ground Consulting LLC

telephone: 202.744.2567
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One of the resources we offer to our friends and colleagues is our Quick Tips Newsletter. In them, we offer simple strategies you can implement to improve your social profit experience.

Each month, we focus on a specific area of interest to our social sector community; offering tips, tools, and techniques to make your life just a little easier. This month, we talk about: Experiential Education; Strategic Training Design; SMART Objectives; and Six Questions in the Minds of All Audiences.


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