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Tips to sustaining a restorative justice program, from the front line.

March 28, 2010

1.) Hungry dogs hunt harder…. I have checked my percentages of success and failure when it comes to applications, this analysis let me know, to be safe, I need to write for 50% more than what I might expect to get.  This gave me a target.  A specific measureable target…. My tip – get a target.

2.) Rule of 3.  Non-profits have 3 revenue streams.  Fees, grants, donations.  Balance these three, beat the kettle for all these types of revenue….

3.) Commit to the cause. I love teaching… Into to Restorative Justice…. I am going to take next semester off.  I need to commit my time the sustainability of SCVRJP.  I am hoping by leaving this joy, on the table (and the income) it will pay off.  I am going to ask my board to step up similarly and understand, we need bank!…

4.) Remember abundance.  My final tip, is to operate out of abundance (there is enough for all of us) rather than scarcity (I need to get it before you)….

Hope these tips have helped, and if you get to the end of the rainbow, send me some gold!

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