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It seems a certain major in the Salvation Army isn’t too fond of United Way. For the second time in 10 years, Maj. William Bode, now the divisional commander of the Massachusetts division of the Salvation Army, has disaffiliated with a local chapter of United Way.
Gary D. Bass, founder of governmental watchdog group OMB Watch, is leaving the organization after 28 years. He will stay at the Washington, D.C., advocacy group until November 2011. He’ll leave earlier if a replacement is quickly found.
Nonprofit mailers who breathed a sigh of relief at the Postal Regulatory Commission’s (PRC) denial of the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) exigent price request last month should know, the USPS isn’t going down without a fight. Today the USPS announced its decision to appeal the ruling, claiming the PRC misread the statute and applied an “incorrect standard in evaluating the request” for the price increase.
Worldwide mega church Crystal Cathedral Ministries, founded by the Rev. Robert H. Schuller, Sr., during the 1950s, filed for Chapter 11 protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Santa Ana, Calif.
Online courses and distance learning have opened up the doors for nonprofit executives, those in career transition, and graduate students seeking the highest levels of education despite their location. As technology continues to advance, those participating in coursework via the Web can interact with professors and discuss material in real time, bringing personal connection to cutting edge education.
Finding the right balance of communication that resonates with donors, but doesn’t suffocate them, is a battle with which nonprofits are all too familiar. With so many ways to engage with an audience, it’s easy to over-correspond these days.
There are certain management phrases that roll off the tongue easily and suggest authoritativeness. “Cost/benefit study” is one. “Business model” is another. But the all-time favorite phrase in this unofficial competition is the phrase “due diligence.”
Nonprofit leaders have long debated about how to garner support from Gen Y and keep them interested enough to continue giving into adulthood. From The Concert for Bangladesh staged by ex-Beatle George Harrison in 1971 to Willie Nelson’s Farm Aid concerts that started in 1985 and Lilith Fair started in 1997, music has been at the center of advocacy for a long time.
Only 3 percent of all Tweets by a sample of nonprofits were dedicated to fundraising or solicitation. Nonprofits are more likely to use social media, such as Twitter and Facebook, to raise awareness, reach out to constituents and promote their events and activities, according to a recent study.
Nonprofits with endowments — funds where investment returns provide an ongoing source of income — are facing a volatile and complex future. Investment strategies are supposed to be a lot like gardening, you plant a radish and, like the song from stage show The Fantasticks, you get a radish.
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!