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This issue of The NonProfit Times started hitting the postal stream just as the good people of Iowa were caucusing and the outcome was still in doubt. Eyes are trained on New Hampshire on Feb. 9 and then South Carolina on Feb. 27 for those primaries. Anyone who believes we’ll have an indicator as to how the presidential nominating process will turn out from those three exercises in democracy hasn’t been watching closely enough.
You’re probably accustomed to approaching annual budgeting with two overarching numbers dominating your thinking: how much more your organization is asking you to raise and how much more funding they’ll give you to reach that goal. The process doesn’t leave a lot of opportunity for thinking in the long term — where will this program be in five years?
Alaskans have donated $13.8 million to charity during the past seven years through the Pick. Click. Give. program, a giving mechanism that enables residents to donate a portion of their Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) to local causes. The program has grown each year since its inception in 2009, but efforts to address the state’s budget deficit might cut into PFDs, which are given annually to those who reside in the state for a full calendar year.
It’s not often an established national nonprofit moves its headquarters. It’s even more unusual when it happens twice within only a few years. Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) left its Philadelphia, Pa., headquarters in 2013 for Irving, Texas, moving into a complex owned by one of its largest affiliates and which also housed BBBS International. BBBSA’s headquarters hit the road for Tampa just two years later.
HandsOn Greater Phoenix (HGP) has relied heavily on the engagement of students and working adults throughout its 23-year history. When it launched an academic intervention program shortly after its inception, it stuck with its target demographic.
Four days after firing off letters demanding apologies and retractions from CBS News and The New York Times, Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is “in the process of retaining independent advisors to conduct a thorough financial and policy review of the concerns.”
A check-writing scam targeting nonprofits in the Richmond, Va., area has the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance (BBB WGA) warning to be on the alert for big checks followed by emails seeking refunds.
The online portion of charitable giving continued on its dial-up-speed ascension in 2015, representing just 7.1 percent of charitable giving, up from 6.7 percent in 2014. The small share restrained online giving’s overall 9.2 percent increase from making a bigger dent in overall giving, which climbed by 1.6 percent in 2015.
Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) returned to its roots as it lit the way to its future during its brand re-launch on Friday. The Chicago-based organization held the re-launch at Carnegie Hall in New York City, the site of its first telethon in 1956.
Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) has demanded retractions from CBS Network and The New York Times after the two media companies published stories this week critical of the charity for its spending on administrative and management expenses.
You have a job description, but on any given day, you're probably doing dozens of things outside the scope of that description. Combine that with the challenge of a fast-paced environment and the shifting priorities of funders, colleagues, and board members and it’s easy to fall short of doing your best. By being mindful of your limitations and capacity—and saying “no” when your plate is full—you can actually do more for your cause. In the sixth installment of the Raise and Engage podcast Danielle Johnson and Robin Anderson discuss the power of saying “no” at work.
In the most recent episode of Raise + Engage, Danielle is back with Brian Reich from little m media to discuss how nonprofit professionals can stay motivated and energized in their day-to-day roles. Brian shares his experience working with nonprofits and the lessons and tips he's learn from and shared with them over the years, including tips for avoiding a professional rut, creating forward momentum in your career and pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone. If you're considering making a career move or want to ensure you're on the right path, you won't want to miss this inspo-packed episode!
Episode 4: Apps and Hacks to Stay (Mostly) Sane, is all about tips, tricks and tools for sanity. Blackbaud’s own interactive product marketer, Julia Lenz, joins host Danielle Johnson to share some high tech. (and no tech.) productivity tips to help nonprofit professionals stay sane in the crazy world of philanthropy. Tune in to hear:
- Tips for how to spend the first 30 minutes of your day
- The benefits of 15 minute meetings
- Why notebooks are still relevant to a successful organization
- Ideas for better managing your inbox
- Why you should take lunch outside the box
- ...and much more!
Episode 3: Tech. Connection: Solutions, Strategy, and Staff In episode 3 of the Raise + Engage podcast, Danielle Johnson is joined by Chris Geady and William DaSilva, two IT experts in the nonprofit space, to talk technology integration for NPOs: when you need it, when you don’t, and how to do it successfully. Tune in to hear:
- When to say NO to integration
- How to set your strategic plan before even looking at technologies
- Ways to get your entire team on board
- The importance of identifying a project lead
- The RFP process - how it should and should not go
According to Danielle Johnson, straight-shooting host of the Raise + Engage podcast series, if your staff members aren’t the number one advocates for your cause on social media, you’re failing. In the most recent episode, Danielle is joined by Blackbaud’s own social media guru Madeline Turner to discuss overcoming social struggles and creating a social ambassador program at your organization. This entertaining and insightful duo dishes on the importance of making your social media presence human, making the case for a formal social program to leadership, how University of Michigan turned a one time social media campaign into a long term social program, and how Madeline's mom unknowingly became a social ambassador on #GivingTuesday.
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!