December 2015 E-Bulletin


Welcome to COCo’s December 2015 E-bulletin!

COCo Note

What is that Lobbying Law All About- And Will It Affect Me?

What is that Lobbying Law All About- And Will It Affect Me?

Here at COCo, we’ve been getting a lot of questions recently about Law 56, or the Lobby law—and we have had a lot of questions ourselves! For this month’s e-bulletin, we’ve read through a lot of the great material being produced, and tried to distill it into its most basic components. We hope this helps organizations understand what the law includes and the effects it would have- as well as the latest news, announced just this past week, that the government has requested an exhaustive consultation before the law goes to the National Assembly, in direct response to the outcry of community organizations since the law was announced.

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COCo Picks: News, Tools, and Tips from the COCo Team!

For December, check out our picks on planning a great annual retreat.

Planning Your Annual Retreat

Planning Your Annual Retreat

COCo held our annual retreat just last weekend, and so our staff and Board have been reflecting on what makes for a great one. Whether you’re using it for planning, visioning, or some crisis management, we’ve included some of our top tips for making a retreat great.

Juniper, our funding development coordinator, says “Make it realistic, and don’t bite off more than you can chew. Take lots of breaks, have some social time, respect the humanity of the people there. You know retreats that feel like a really long meeting? That’s not what you want.”

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Avoiding Unrealistic Retreat Enthusiasm: Two Suggestions, by Andrew Willis Garcés

Avoiding Unrealistic Retreat Enthusiasm: Two Suggestions, by Andrew Willis Garcés

In searching for great tools to help organizations plan their retreats, we stumbled on this wonderful article by Andrew Willis Garcés (writing on puravida.org). Andrew first dives into the #1 retreat mistake: getting really excited about new projects and new ideas, without any ability to follow through.

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Community Events

Click here to browse events on the Community Calendar on COCo’s website.

Job Offers

If you have enabled images for this email then you will see a listing of job postings below.  Note that the job postings are presented according to their application deadline, however YOU MUST view the full postings on the COCo website to ensure that you meet the application deadline.