Blue Avocado is open for submissions. We are a magazine and online space where community-based nonprofit leaders, staff, volunteers, and other stakeholders can connect, share practical tips, and engage in thoughtful discussions about serving their communities and operating efficiently. We welcome all contributors and value perspectives from underrepresented backgrounds. We are open to first-time contributors and veteran authors alike.

Prior to submitting, please consult the Contributor Guidelines.  

Articles

We publish articles on nonprofit issues with insightful commentary, inspiring/surprising stories with practical tips, compelling interviews, and poignant or humorous self-reflective pieces. Our articles range from budgeting 101 to board management to managing HR and employment issues. Please visit us online (https://blueavocado.org/) to become familiar with our content categories. Although articles should be between 800-2,000 words, longer articles may be accepted and serialized.

Columns

Blue Avocado hosts multiple columns. We invite you to submit articles, suggestions, and questions to the columns below.

#SolutionsforNonprofits

Did you discover a creative, ambitious, or inspiring way to tackle an issue facing your nonprofit? To submit an article to our #SolutionsforNonprofits column, provide a brief synopsis describing the subject of the case study on the first page. Please highlight the issue your submission addresses and the conclusions it draws. Don’t hesitate to submit negative outcomes; this is a safe place to learn from mistakes! Blue Avocado is about solving problems, so submitting to this column is a great opportunity to provide solutions as well as touch on on-going concerns that our community of readers can address. 

#RiskyBusiness 

We invite nonprofits to contribute articles to our #RiskyBusiness column, which showcases nonprofit leaders tackling a wide range of issues and sharing their top lessons learned after a lifetime of service. #RiskyBusiness discusses the operating risks of running nonprofits, such as board decision-making, budgeting, capital projects, contractors, fundraising, service expansion, succession planning, volunteers, and more.

Against the Current

Our column hosted by sector iconoclast Robert Egger consists of interviews with emerging nonprofit leaders who have challenged old patterns and assumptions to successfully and demonstrably empower their communities. This column is not shy about challenging readers to think outside the box. We welcome suggestions for candidates to interview.

Ask Rita

Our popular column answers reader questions on employment issues. If you have expertise on employment matters, you are invited to submit your answers to questions and dilemmas our readers pose.

Letters to the Editor

We accept Letters to the Editor on topics of importance to the nonprofit community. Please keep Letters to the Editor under 1,000 words. 

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