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  • 4 Requirements For Religious Accommodation

    By The NonProfit Times — October 3, 2016

    The issue of religious diversity has become a pressing one, and not just because of demagogues whipping up hatred in pursuit of elective office.
    Many more people are becoming assertive about religious affiliation in the workplace. Balancing competing demands of workplace productivity and religious observance can be a serious concern for managers.
    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has made a wide variety of material available on its website (, including an online resource for small businesses, the Small Business Resource Center (SBRC).
    The site offers the following advice about employee requests for religious accommodation:

  • 5 Things To Know About The Bond Market

    By The NonProfit Times — September 29, 2016

    While learning about the bond market might not be as fun as watching James Bond fight bad guys and drink martinis (shaken, not stirred), understanding the appeal of your nonprofit to enter the bond market and the potential debts that may be incurred is important when first entering the capital market.

  • Sustainability In Values, Impact, Your Nonprofit

    By The NonProfit Times — September 29, 2016

    Prioritizing sustainability in your organization is similar to eating your vegetables and going to the gym on the mornings you’d much rather snooze a few more minutes. You might grumble about it at the time, but you know it is important to achieving balance for the long-term growth and well-being of your organization.

  • 4 Steps for Choosing A Cloud Storage Solution

    By The NonProfit Times — September 29, 2016

    There are a lot of good reasons to put your nonprofit’s files in the Cloud. It can reduce the burden on IT staff and open up opportunities to do their work remotely.

  • Study: Legacy Societies Boost Bequests, Planned Gifts

    By Andy Segedin — September 27, 2016

    Legacy societies remain a popular method of both engaging donors and securing repeat gifts. All but 10 of the 120 largest American universities in terms of endowment size had a university-wide legacy society as of this past March. Nearly all, 104, of the institutions require no minimum gift for membership.

  • Local And National Need To Blend Together

    By The NonProfit Times — September 27, 2016

    A good sushi roll is not only based on what’s inside, but how it is wrapped up and presented to you. You can’t be a great chef without taste and presentation. So if local branches make up your organization, you’ve got to have a unified brand to bring your message from good to great.

  • Right Brain And The ‘Write’ Stuff

    By The NonProfit Times — September 27, 2016

    How is it possible to get people to care enough to support an organization or a cause, or even idea? And not just once, but over and over again, for as long as it’s possible?

  • 11 Digital Fundraising Strategies

    By The NonProfit Times — September 27, 2016

    It’s all about clicks. It’s all about likes. It’s all about engagement.

  • Deciding When It Is Time To Hire

    By The NonProfit Times — September 26, 2016

    Tighter budgets and increased demand for services make decisions about staffing difficult, to put it mildly. The need never goes away, but sometimes the money does. And, someone is in the middle of trying to balance those conflicting pressures.

  • Philanthropy’s Arc Of Innovation

    By The NonProfit Times — September 26, 2016

    Innovation has been a byword of the world for the past two centuries. Entities that have been in step with rapid innovation have usually been able to survive, and even flourish. No matter how much demagogues of any stripe might call for a return to past centuries, continued rapid innovation across many walks of life will make such retrogression impossible.


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In the premiere episode of Raise & Engage, Danielle is joined by three straight-shooting nonprofit rock-stars: Jodi Smith of Sanford Health Systems, Veronica Brown of Chicago Public Library Foundation and Ali Burke of Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation. The group talks organizational culture, problem employees, why its important to celebrate and how to shake things up this year and build a better more authentic team that gets stuff done!


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