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The Common Ground Blog
We began the CG Blog in an effort to create a vibrant online social profit community; and its been very successful with participation from our friends and clients around the world.

Its been a busy month on the blog! Check out all of the posts about our work with the Civil Society Strengthening Project in Macedonia.

"Colin Powell said 'You give me the right people, and I don't much care what organization you give me. Good things will happen. Give the wrong people, and it doesn't matter what you do with the organization. Bad things will happen.' Craig gave us the inspiration to motivate the right people so good things will happen for our organization!"

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of NW Wyoming, Worland, WY

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I've just returned from almost two weeks in Skopje, Macedonia, where I have been working on the Macedonian Civil Society Strengthening Project.

Common Ground is providing strategic capacity building help through training and technical assistance to a selected cohort of experienced non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working across the country.

This core group of Leader NGOs will develop their own capacity and, in turn, act as mentors and resource providers to other Macedonian NGOs.

This project includes a special emphasis on developing sustainability and diversified fund development strategies; as well as building the skills and expertise of the staff and boards managing the programs.

This was the first of several trips I'll have there over the next couple of years; and it was an incredible experience! I hope you'll take a few minutes to check out the blog site for lots of great stories about our work while we were there.

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One of my mentors, George Lakey, is the lead of a team of activists who authored Grassroots and Nonprofit Leadership: A Guide for Organizations in Changing Times?a primer on management issues related to our social profit sector. Though now out of print, with his permission the book is available on our website as a downloadable PDF file.

Next month, we'll be making a trip to The Netherlands to lead a strategic planning weekend with an outstanding NGO, CHOICE, who is working on sexual and reproductive health and rights issues.

We will also be traveling to Sophia, Bulgaria to conduct strategic planning with YouAct, a coalition of young people from 17 European countries working on health issues. Watch the blog to learn more!

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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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Craig A. Bowman, President
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