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  • 12 Hiring Tips

    By The NonProfit Times — August 7, 2012

    Making crucial decisions based on a “gut feeling” is a time-honored tradition that is used in many different fields. Whether it’s a baseball manager making a pitching change because he “likes the match-up” or choosing an ice cream flavor based on what it looks like, many people make gut-based decisions.

    When it comes to hiring an employee, however, it’s best to be a little more careful.
    In their book “Being Buddha at Work,” Franz Metcalf and B.J. Gallagher wrote that hiring managers pay too little attention to a job applicant’s work history, ability to learn and grow, and ability to work well with others. In addition to these skills, Metcalf and Gallagher suggest 12 other tips to enhance your hiring process:
    • Don’t limit your search to obvious candidates.
    • Be clear about what is required in the job.
    • Consider what it takes to be successful in your particular organization and/or department.
    • Involve many people in the interview process.
    • Ask behavioral questions. The best predictor of future performance is past performance. 
    • Don’t use hypothetical questions.
    • Hiring is a two-way process. Make sure the candidate has an opportunity to ask lots of questions.
    • Don’t be in a hurry to hire. Haste in the beginning can be costly later.
    • Use job tests when you can, whether it’s a typing test, a computer simulation, or a role-playing scenario.
    • Be sure to consider the candidate’s future potential.
    • Be honest with the candidate about the nature of the job as well as future growth potential.
    • Look especially careful at someone who interviews well or tries to get away with glib answers to questions. This individual may be good at interviewing, but make sure he/she has other skills to back up those interviewing skills.

  • Featured Nonprofit Job: Publications And Communications Manager

    By The NonProfit Times — August 7, 2012

    Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) in Reston, Va., is looking to hire a Publications and Communications Manager. Think you have what it takes to be successful at this job? Read on for more details.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Before A Job Interview

    By The NonProfit Times — August 7, 2012

    It’s always recommended to ask questions when you get called in for a job interview. But did you know it’s also a good idea to do that beforehand?

    Unlike the actual interview, when you will be asking the questions to a hiring manager, these are questions that you should be asking of yourself so you can get a better idea of what the organization is all about. Think of it as a form of research. These questions will help you be more prepared when it comes time for the interview, and will also help you decide if it’s really the job you want.
    Here are 5 questions you should ask when researching an organization:
    • What is their reputation? A simple Google search will give you an idea of whether the organization in question has had a lot of bad press from scandals. Needless to say, you won’t want to be part of an organization that has a spotty ethics history.
    • What is the organization’s position within the industry? Understanding the company’s financial standing is a very important point to consider. You probably don’t want to work for a nonprofit that isn’t doing too well.
    • What unique skills do I bring to the table? Identify the characteristics you have that make you the best fit for the job, and emphasize them as much as possible during the interview. Employers need to know what makes you stand apart from other candidates.
    • How much am I willing to sacrifice? Every job has its drawbacks, but you should determine what your line in the sand is when it comes to accepting a job offer. You should be extremely excited about the position if you are willing to accept things like a long commute.
    • Is there a lot of turnover? Try to find out how many different employees have worked in the position for which you are applying. High rates of turnover can indicate bad management or a poor working environment.

  • Due North: Canada And Legacy Giving

    By The NonProfit Times — August 7, 2012

    When Variety — The Children’s Charity of British Columbia hired Peter Chipman to be its director of planned giving and major gifts in 2001, its legacy giving program raised about $200,000 (Can) annually and was staffed by volunteers. Chipman switched the program to paid staff, and it now generates roughly $1 million (Can) annually for the Burnaby, British Columbia charity.

  • Jay Love to Lead Avectra’s Fundraising Practice

    By The NonProfit Times — August 7, 2012

    Jay Love, who founded technology firms that became industry leaders in the nonprofit space, has joined Avectra as a senior vice president.

  • California Considers Nonprofit Mismanagement Bill

    By The NonProfit Times — August 6, 2012

    The California state Legislature is considering a bill that would give the state attorney general’s office more power to crack down on nonprofits that are found to be mismanaging charitable funds.

  • Featured Nonprofit Job: Community Prevention Professional

    By The NonProfit Times — August 6, 2012

    The Community Resource Center (CRC) in Wyoming is looking to hire a Community Prevention Professional. What does this position entail? Read on for more details.

  • Group ‘Hug’ Avoids Siloing

    By The NonProfit Times — August 6, 2012

    A nonprofit just won’t work if its departments are cut off from each other. Known as “siloing,” this phenomenon occurs due to ego, trust issues, people wanting to protect their turf, and a number of other reasons.

  • Choosing Your Nonprofit’s Fiscal Year

    By The NonProfit Times — August 3, 2012

    The words “fiscal year” always seem to make an appearance when reading reports about nonprofit finance or accounting. Contrary to popular belief, a fiscal year doesn’t just begin when the new year starts; it begins whenever the nonprofit wants it to.

  • Tips For Dealing With Human Resources

    By The NonProfit Times — August 3, 2012

    When you apply for a job, you will more often than not be dealing with the organization’s Human Resources (HR) department. Whether you have been called in for a job interview or are just contacting them for more information about the position, it’s important to know the correct etiquette when dealing with these employees. Below are some tips to help you make a great impression:

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