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  • 7 Qualities Of Effective Board Members

    By The NonProfit Times — July 27, 2012

    Recruiting for a nonprofit board can be a challenging task. Not only must you make sure that it is comprised of individuals with diverse backgrounds and skill sets, but members must also have the appropriate qualities.

  • Want To Be A Major Gifts Officer?

    By The NonProfit Times — July 27, 2012

    Are you an experienced fundraiser ready to take on the challenges of major gifts? If the answer to that question is “yes,” then Community Action Services and Food Bank could use your services.

  • When To Restructure The Development Department

    By The NonProfit Times — July 27, 2012

    With almost any organization, review of structure and occasional tweaking will be necessary from time to time.

  • After Booting CEO, YWCA Starts National Search

    By The NonProfit Times — July 26, 2012

    The YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago announced that it fired its CEO, Christine Bork, and has initiated a national executive search to replace her.

  • Defunded NC Planned Parenthood Gets Federal Grants

    By The NonProfit Times — July 26, 2012

    Just weeks after losing its funding from the state, the North Carolina affiliate of Planned Parenthood announced that it has received a $426,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Building An E-Mail List

    By The NonProfit Times — July 26, 2012

    One of the most effective ways of communication in this day and age is e-mail. When a nonprofit wants to spread the word about its activities or is beginning a fundraising campaign, it is generally the best choice. There are many ways to create a solid e-mail list, but it all begins with reaching the most people who are genuinely interested in your organization.

    If someone is not interested in hearing from you, they are likely to either unsubscribe or just completely ignore your communications. You need to do everything you can to ensure that the people on your list want to be there. Start by looking to the people who already receive your printed newsletters and other mailings. These are the individuals who already have shown they want to receive communications from you. Yet you still can’t just send them unsolicited e-mails. You must first send out a message to them asking if they want to opt-in to digital communications from your organization. 
    If you do not already have their e-mail addresses, you can send your direct mail subscribers mail promoting your e-mail resources. Make sure the link you give them is easy enough to be typed.
    Another way to build up your list is to make promotions for your online presence. Create an easy-to-find link that leads visitors to your e-mail subscription page. You can also post messages on Facebook or Twitter promoting it. People who actively engage your online resources are most likely to be receptive to digital communications, so they are prime candidates to target.
    With a little effort, your organization can expand its reach to a broader constituency of people with similar interests and, potentially, its ability to mobilize and fundraise. Growing an email list requires a little strategy and forethought, and retaining the people on that list requires a steady stream of relevant, engaging content. It’s a work in progress, but the rewards can far outweigh the effort.

  • Former Nonprofit CFO Pleads Guilty To Forgery

    By The NonProfit Times — July 26, 2012

    The former chief financial officer (CFO) of a Metairie, La. nonprofit has pleaded guilty to charges that she embezzled almost $250,000 from the organization and another official there.

  • Job Search Rules For The Digital Age

    By The NonProfit Times — July 26, 2012

    The job search is a lot different now that we are in the digital age. While technology has made things a lot easier for job seekers, it also has the potential to hurt your chances if you don’t use it properly.

    It all starts with your Facebook page. You’ve probably already heard people say that you need to remove inappropriate photos from your profile, but that’s only the start. Go through all of your comments and delete any that contain profanity or anything else that can be construed as offensive. This also applies to what you list as your interests, favorite movies, etc. Finally, you should change your privacy settings so that only your friends can view your wall. This is a necessity if you have friends who tend to be inappropriate with their postings.
    The next thing that you need to change is your voice mail. Your friends probably think your outgoing message is hilarious, but employers won’t be amused. You shouldn’t give the caller any reason to hang up, so make sure to use a standard greeting.
    A similar rule applies to your e-mail address. It’s a good idea to create a new account for your job search activities. Not only will you avoid having to apply to a job with a less than professional account name, you will also spare yourself the work of having to separate personal e-mails from job search ones.
    People today are used to being able to answer calls or text messages while doing work, but this is not appropriate when you are in the middle of a job interview. To avoid any potential distractions, you should completely turn off your cell phone. Leaving it on vibrate is not an option, as you will still be aware when you are getting a call or a text. It’s better to not know when you are being contacted when you are trying to answer important questions.

  • 8 Reasons Galas Aren’t The Answer

    By The NonProfit Times — July 25, 2012

    Galas are a time-honored tradition in the world of special events. They are a great way of raising awareness and money for your cause. Yes, a lot of people seem to love going to these ritzy events; but are they really right for your organization?

  • Featured Nonprofit Job: Public Policy Associate

    By The NonProfit Times — July 25, 2012

    The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) in Washington, D.C. is looking to hire a Public Policy Associate. Read on to find out more about this newest nonprofit job.

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