How many emails have you received in the last six days? Can you remember even half of them or who sent them? Through this short blog, learn how a hand written note can often make twice the impact while saying half as much. Also, don't forget to check the "Related Posts" link at the bottom to find more ideas for small changes with large pay offs.
Last year, a Conference Board survey found that only 45% U.S. workers were satisfied in their jobs, the lowest level since 1987. Even if you’re one of the few who do like your job, it can still be difficult to keep the fire alive if you’ve been working in the same job for years. Check out this article for ten simple steps you can take to renew your passion for your career.
Despite Twitter and blogs and all of the fancy online tools we have these days, nonprofit communicators still need to know how to pitch a Story over the phone. Read this article for seven key points to remember when trying to make your story heard.
The Virginia Attorney General has issued an opinion that the state constitution does not permit the giving of state funds to non-state agencies. Read more about the issue that potentially affects millions of dollars in donations to nonprofit organizations.
Overwhelmed and overworked? Thinking about hiring a development director to help carry the load? Read this interview with consultant Leyna Bernstein to learn the dos and don'ts of conducting your search.
With the rise of social media technology, it's easy to become overwhelmed by more information than you could ever possibly absorb. Here Miller outlines two approaches great for dealing with the overload.
Though we are coming out of a recession, it looks as if lack of communication -- not not membership fees -- is causing more people to back away from the nonprofit sector. This article examines growing trends as well as ways to combat them.
Drawing from personal experience, Dan Pallotta uses several extreme examples to highlight how personal problems in the workplace can often by misdiagnosed as business problems. Not only does this misdiagnosis fail to address the problem, it can actually do additional harm to an organization. The best way to treat this situation is to avoid it altogether by diagnosing problems correctly the first time and taking into consideration the "human" factor.
As members of the nonprofit community, our jobs are to call donors to action and to influence others.
To do this, we must connect the dots and help others understand what their time and money can accomplish because they chose our organizations as agents of change.
Here, Graninger outlines several key points to consider when planning a marketing campaign.
The newly-elected Virginia legislature is convening in Richmond beginning January 12th to address the Commonwealth's continuing revenue challenges, including many issues that will affect nonprofits. Every area of state and local services will be on the table for review and possible reductions in funding. Public hearings will be held around the state this Thursday on the Governor's proposed budget amendments. Read the official press release for all the details.
Compare four free and open source systems (WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and Plone) that can help you build and manage a website. Includes a feature summary and detailed reviews, as well as a directory of consultants.
Whether you are dealing with a prospective donor, a board member, the person sitting next to you at a networking luncheon, or your new mother-in-law, you need to now how to effectively engage people. Check out this post for great advice on how to strike up meaningful and memorable conversations.
Not all board members need to be familiar with financial terms and concepts, but each organization needs to develop a clear and explicit agreement for how financial accountability will be ensured. Consider this article that serves as a starting point for an agreement that the board and staff can make to ensure a partnership for accountability.
Without sound management practices, even the most successful nonprofit will be unable to sustain, let alone increase, its impact over time. How can visionary nonprofits make the critical transition to stronger management?
For an organization and its volunteers to benefit the most from each other, volunteers should be managed as part of an overall, systematic program, somewhat similar to the systematic approach that should be used to managing employees. Take some time to read through this toolkit, which presents a wide variety of perspectives and materials about volunteer management programs and systems.
In an environment where multiple organizations are chasing the same dollars, sponsors and volunteers, standing out among the crowd is critical to success. This article outlines a number of simple and affordable solutions to differentiate your organization and effectively reach your target audience.
As difficult as it is to hire a good accountant, hiring an incompetent or incompatible person is even worse. Review these FAQs on hiring accountants for nonprofits, including what to do if you're having an impossible time of it.
As complex as planned giving conversations with donors can be, the marketing of these programs can be made simpler by following some basic guidelines. Check out seven highly effective, tried-and-true techniques.
Good data management can help solve your organization's problems more effectively. Learn how to effectively use data to make better business decisions, collaborate more effectively, and engage the public and your clients in solving problems.
The bulk of nonprofit "thon" events (marathons, walk-a-thons, etc.) occur from September through November each year, creating a lot of competition for organizations holding these types of fundraising events. Here are a few best practices to help boost your event's registration and fundraising results.
Learn about H.R. 5533, intended to make the federal government a more productive partner with nonprofit organizations by establishing better communication with the federal government, better coordination within government, and enhanced data collection.
Ken Berger, Robert M. Penna, and Steven H. Goldberg
Two important questions face the nonprofit sector: how to define the value of all the work being done within it, and how to measure that value. The head of Charity Navigator presents the debate for consideration.
Telling stories about the work you do and the people you serve is a great way to educate and inspire your supporters about your cause. Use these ten tips to get good quotes and ensure your facts are straight.
Learn about possible federal legislation aimed at improving coordination between the nonprofit sector and the federal government, with plans to establish two new entities and compile data on the health of the sector.
To allow employees to be exempt from the payment of minimum wages, it's not enough just to call them "interns". Learn about when an intern is really an under-paid worker, and the specific nonprofit issues of interns versus volunteers.
With the President's signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in March 2010, qualified nonprofits can immediately claim a tax credit when they pay for at least half of the health insurance premiums for their employees!
At midnight on May 15, up to 400,000 charities, trade associations and membership groups will lose their tax exemptions, due to a 2006 federal bill provision. Find out if your organization will be affected!
Want a dashboard view of the most recent articles and posts from dozens of the most important nonprofit resources on the web? Check out this news feed aggregate at Alltop; you can even customize it or create your own!
Leaders need to be able to delegate certain tasks to efficiently manage their organization. This article discusses two key ares of responsibilities which shouldn't be delegated: aligning staff and other stakeholders around a common set of priorities and developing the organization's leaders.
Many board members don't think about the organization's insurance until something adverse happens. "Insurance isn't sexy, but it's as essential as a roof over your head." In these tight times, it's tempting to make insurance a low priority, but this strategy can be penny wise and pound foolish. Pamela Davis, president and CEO of the Nonprofits Insurance Alliance Group gives us the low-down on liability.
A compendium of resources regarding financial management in the nonprofit sector, including articles on budgeting, operating reserves, balance sheets, scenario planning, dealing with economic uncertainty, and much more.
When you're lacking time and money, it's tempting to wait until a computer breaks or a piece of software becomes obsolete and then think about how you'll replace it. But even in smaller nonprofits, this approach can lead to disaster. Learn how to incorporate technology upgrades into your strategic plan to avoid outages and disruption.
The success of your online outreach hinges on your understanding of the inner workings of the human mind. Use the field of behavioral economics to craft more effective messages that will win the hearts and minds of your audience.
Check out this site that features an extensive archive of research on social issues, contribute your own research to the project, and learn about the use of open licenses and open access standards in the nonprofit sector.
Check out industry-wide benchmarks for nonprofit email, list growth, advocacy, and fundraising programs from 32 nonprofit partners, along with an analysis of growth and social engagement metrics on Facebook and Twitter for nonprofit organizations.
Check-out this comprehensive report on all levels of board operations and governance, including roles and responsibilities, articles and bylaws, ethics, staffing, committee formation, staff relations, and much, much more.