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  • "Help Me Help You:" Helping Friends With The Job Search

    By The NonProfit Times — July 5, 2012

    People tend to think of the job search as an individual endeavor. Job seekers understandably focus on their own needs rather than taking too much time helping others. What they may not know, however, is that assisting people is a big part of the job search process.

    You should be more than willing to assist a friend if they need help getting a job. You would expect a networking contact to help you if you asked, so why should you turn down a request from a friend? It’s true that you need to spend as much time as possible on your own job search, but you should still find time to be of help. Being a willing helper will also make others more eager to assist you.
    Like most things, there’s a right and a wrong way to help someone look for a job. Follow these four tips should a friend reach out to you:
    • Listen: Does your friend just need to blow off some steam? Instead of trying to convince him that everything will be OK, let him release his frustrations. After he is done, you should express your understanding, and begin to find out what kind of help he needs.
    • Know Your Role: Don’t assume that the techniques you use for your job hunt are right for your friend. Ask what kind of job he is looking for and what you can do to help. When it comes time to offer suggestions, make them in a way that is not presumptive. For example, you can ask “would it be helpful if I shared your resumé with my contacts?”
    • Network: Assuming your friend is also looking for a nonprofit job, you can reach out to your networking contacts and see if they can help your friend. Write a short e-mail asking them if they would like to have lunch with him. Remember that your friend is a direct representation on you, so make sure he is properly prepared should your contact say “yes.”
    •  Manage Expectations: You should commit to do anything you can to help, but don’t make promises you can’t keep. For instance, if you don’t know anyone in your friend’s area of expertise, don’t tell him that you will see who you know. Be up-front with him, so that he knows what to expect.

  • Power Outages, Wildfires Evoke Response

    By Mark Hrywna — July 5, 2012

    The 12 employees and five refrigerated trucks at the Huntington Area Food Bank have been working overtime, expecting to distribute nearly 200,000 pounds of food, water and supplies by the end of this week — 20 times the amount they move in a typical week.

  • North Carolina Overrides Veto, Defunds Planned Parenthood

    By The NonProfit Times — July 3, 2012

    The North Carolina state legislature voted last night to override Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of a budget that would defund Planned Parenthood clinics in the state.

  • Russia Set To Limit Foreign Nonprofits

    By The NonProfit Times — July 3, 2012

    Russia has introduced a bill that, if approved, would label all nonprofits with funding from outside of the country as “foreign agents.” The law would also put numerous financial burdens on foreign organizations.

  • Networking Events on July 4th

    By The NonProfit Times — July 3, 2012
    Independence Day

    Tomorrow, people all across America will be celebrating Independence Day.  Our forefathers fought for our freedom all those years ago and as a result, we get to eat burgers, drink beer, and watch fireworks every July 4th. Freedom’s a wonderful thing, right?

  • Staying Attached To Untethered Donors

    By The NonProfit Times — July 3, 2012

    More people are reading emails on mobile devices than on desktop computers. It’s no longer an option but a veritable requirement to code emails for mobile optimization. If your organization can’t afford to make an entire mobile-friendly website, at least optimize a few pages for mobile.

  • Alec Baldwin Donates $1M To NY Philharmonic

    By The NonProfit Times — July 2, 2012

    Actor Alec Baldwin has donated $1 million to the New York Philharmonic in honor of the organization’s departing president, Zarin Meheta, who is stepping down after 12 years.

  • Finding A New Board Chair

    By The NonProfit Times — July 2, 2012

    While every one on a nonprofit board has a lot of responsibilities, the chair remains one of the most integral members. From delegating and encouraging colleagues to giving the board an identity, the chairman of the board exerts a great deal of influence.

  • For A Chief Development Officer, Support Is Key

    By The NonProfit Times — July 2, 2012

    There’s no question that the chief development officer (CDO) of a nonprofit is very important to the fundraising of that organization. This individual is unlikely to have as much of an impact, however, without the assistance of a great support staff.

  • The July 1 Issue Is Now Online

    By The NonProfit Times — July 2, 2012

    The recent release of the Giving USA numbers for 2011 was one of the bigger nonprofit stories of June. In the just release July 1 issue of The NonProfit Times, we take a closer look at those numbers in an in-depth special report.

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