Military Families and US Immigration

The last 48 hours has been overwhelming. Things have moved very fast indeed. From the time that President Trump signed an Immigration Executive Order on Friday morning (full text of order) to when it began to be implemented at midnight on Friday night, and then the 48 hours since, there has been a veritable avalanche of information, anecdotes and statements. It is hard to discern and make sense of it all – and I have a law degree, have studied constitutional law and have been Continue reading →

Empower: January 2017

January is a busy month for many non-profits, with conferences, end of year admin to tidy up, and planning for the year ahead! Last week, we sent out the first ever monthly email as part of this new(ish) endeavor: Anna Blanch Rabe & Associates LLC. ABR was legally formed in September 2016 and it’s been an exciting and challenging few months. If you’d like to receive the monthly email, all in aid of helping you share meaningful stories and empowering you as you build vibrant, Continue reading →

Starting a Non Profit Checklist

I’m often asked about the steps involved in starting a non profit. While there are some standard steps you can take, there are also variations based on the state in which you are planning on forming. You see, while 501(c)(3) – what people traditionally think of as non profit status – is an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) classification for tax exempt status (on the basis of there not being a profit motive and the purposes of the organization being in the public interest). The status Continue reading →

Want to be a better writer? 6 Questions to Ask

Writing well, (to be a better writer) both for comprehension and for style and beauty is an art form that requires continuous improvement: improvement in form, style, learning the rules so you know when to break them, learning when to rely on the classical forms of rhetoric and when to seek to cut through the brush and find new and uniquely you ways of expressing yourself. Metaphors, synonyms, antonyms, similes. Beauty, ugly, honorific, soporific, deriding, motivating, cutting, seeking to find solace in the past or Continue reading →

Mental Health Resources for Military Families and Military Veterans

Resources for Military Families and Military Veterans Mental Health is arguably the most pressing issue facing military families today. Whether active-duty, reservist, veteran, service members or dependents, including gold star families. Getting military veterans the help they need to recover from mental trauma soon after discharge may help them avoid years of personal, psychological and financial struggles, according to a report from the Rand Corporation. The Rand Corporation found that while providing veterans with immediate, high-quality treatment for PTSD depression would be more expensive initially, Continue reading →

Addiction Resources for Military Veterans and Military Families

Resources for Military Families and Military Veterans Addiction and Substance Abuse are concerns within the military community, just like in the broader community. It can often feel difficult to seek the help that you or your family member needs when they are struggling with the effects of substance abuse and the challenges of addiction, especially if they are active duty. In 2003, 3.5 percent of veterans had used marijuana in the past month, compared with 3 percent of non-veterans in a similar demographic group. The Continue reading →

How to write a Press Release for your non-profit or social enterprise

You figured out that you need to write a press release. What now? It always helps to have a template on which to base your press release – especially with short notice or a limited turnaround as can happen when responding to current affairs or announcing a time sensitive event. There’s one to download at the bottom of the post! Start with a template. I’ve included one as a download at the bottom of this post. Templates are an incredible time saver and a way Continue reading →