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  • 10 hiring risks to consider

    By The NonProfit Times — February 23, 2015

    Of all the crapshoots that come with managing a nonprofit, hiring to fill a vacancy can be one that is extremely dicey. Not every ideal-looking candidate actually works out, but in the philanthropic sector, where employees can come into contact with vulnerable populations or large sums of money, a bad hire can turn into an overnight catastrophe.

  • Deciding if you’re properly insured

    By The NonProfit Times — February 23, 2015

    Buying insurance can be a daunting task for an individual, but getting the right insurance for a nonprofit can be especially bewildering.

  • 6 ways leaders can innovate

    By The NonProfit Times — February 23, 2015

    Leading when everything is going according to plan can be challenging enough, but leading when things go awry can really be challenging. It can be time to innovate.

  • Top 10 things to ask

    By The NonProfit Times — February 20, 2015

    The nonprofit sector relies on surveys in a variety of ways, but simply conducting a survey it not in itself a cure-all. If the research being done via a survey is not carefully thought out or the results are useless or ignored, then the only result is likely to be wasted money.

  • Keep your proposals consistent

    By The NonProfit Times — February 20, 2015

    Inconsistencies in a grant proposal are evidence of a faulty planning process, rushed writing, or carelessness. “Inconsistencies can cause the reviewer to wonder if you know what you’re doing,” said Holly Thompson, contributing editor of The Grantsmanship Center, in Los Angeles, Calif. Pay particular attention to the following elements; they’re where problems are most likely to occur.

  • Email requires personally relevant info

    By The NonProfit Times — February 20, 2015

    Email is so last week that only the most lumbering of dinosaurs would use it, for anything, including fundraising.

  • The multi-channel long range

    By The NonProfit Times — February 17, 2015

    In any endeavor that involves bringing in money, the temptation is to make as much as possible as fast as possible. It is understandable, but it can lead to decisions that hurt over the long run.

  • Top 10 things to do

    By The NonProfit Times — February 17, 2015

    Because knowledge is power (or just a good idea in fundraising), many organizations conduct extensive research and design comprehensive surveys for donors to take.

  • Keep Proposals Fresh, Stay Connected to Mission

    By The NonProfit Times — February 17, 2015

    Ask nonprofit professionals about the process of applying for grants and you’ll hear some common responses. It’s exhausting. It seems repetitive and never ending. There’s always another deadline and never enough time. The grind of preparing and submitting proposal after proposal can lead to procrastination and burnout — both of which make things worse.

  • 10 individual trustee skills

    By The NonProfit Times — February 12, 2015

    As the world, and nonprofit operations, become more complex, the makeup of a tax-exempt board takes on added importance. Gone are the days when a friend of a friend who happens to be available can fill a seat at the table.

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