News & Articles
Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) in Alexandria, Va. announced today that longtime president and CEO Enid Borden will step down to join the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH) in the same capacity. Her tenure will officially end in the beginning of August.
Creating a great Facebook page is a lot harder than it sounds. It’s easy enough to create an account and keep supporters up-to-date about your organization’s mission, but there’s more to it than that. To create a truly effective social media presence on Facebook, you should look to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).HSUS has more than 100 pages on its Facebook network, with six full-time staffers and a social media intern dedicated to keeping them updated. If that sounds like a lot of work, it’s because it is. That’s the kind of effort you need to be successful with the popular social network.During a session at the annual Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC), titled “Why I Don’t ‘Like’ You,” Carie Lewis, director of emerging media at HSUS, offered some suggestions about nonprofit should not do on Facebook:
- Post too much or too little.
- Only talk about yourself. Constituents can see right through it if all you’re doing is self-promotion.
- Post nothing but text, with little or no video or images.
- Sell, sell, sell. If all you do is push your products or ask for donations, it could feel like a used card lot.
- Ignore questions or disable comments. If constituents just wanted to read, they’d go to your website; social networks are social.
- Automate posts. Facebook users might not be on Twitter, so talk to them like Facebook users, sans hashtags.
- Not link to social media from your website.
Nonprofit datahouse GuideStar has selected Jacob Harold as its new president and CEO. The announcement officially ends the national search the organization began earlier this year when Bob Ottenhoff announced he was stepping down from the position.
Just about every organization has social media as part of the engagement process and many use mobile giving to raise funds. Together the two barely register in the giving scale, unless there is a natural disaster.
Everyone involved with nonprofits know that mission statements are essential for an organization’s existence, but do they know exactly what needs to be included?
Grant writers are important for all nonprofits. The ability to write in a coherent manner why an organization deserves funding for a specific program is a skill that is highly sought after. If you are one of those that has that ability, NPT Jobs has just the job for you.
If you press most job seekers, they would probably admit that they’ve at least thought about stretching the truth on their resumes. The temptation can be really great when there is a nonprofit job available for which you don’t meet the qualifications.Even though it’s understandable why some applicants would want to lie on their applications, it’s never worth the risk. Most organizations do background checks on candidates so the damage to your reputation could be beyond repair if you are discovered.While you shouldn’t misrepresent yourself at all in your resume, not all lies are created equal. Here are six items that will get you in the most trouble:
- Job Title: Not only can this damage your reputation, it can also harm you even if you aren’t discovered. For instance, if you apply for a senior fundraiser position but list your previous job as an executive director, it’s possible you could be considered overqualified.
- Time At a Job: It’s much better to address gaps in employment head-on rather than dancing around the subject.
- Skills: You’re going to feel really nervous if you exaggerate your skills and find that you can’t do the job you are assigned.
- Education: If you didn’t graduate college, specify the year you ended and the number of credits you earned.
- Achievements: Don’t take all the credit for accomplishments you’ve accomplished as a team. Organizations actually like it when candidates express their achievements with “we” rather than “I.”
- Residence: It’s true that employers prefer local candidates, but you’ll find yourself in a bind if you list your friend in California’s address on your resume even though you live in New York.
After the abrupt shutdown of a Chicago, Ill.-based breast cancer nonprofit, State Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) is calling for the state attorney general to investigate the organization.
Yesterday, we posted a preview from our upcoming webinar showing how inefficiencies in accounting systems can lead to a lack of focus in business leadership. We have one final preview from the presentation today, which documents one of the important decisions nonprofits have to make when choosing new software: Your requirements.
Actor Charlie Sheen may be best known these days for his party-hard antics, but he put his name in the record books for a more positive reason, donating $1 million to the United Service Organization (USO).
Current Print Edition
March 13, 2015Table Of Contents
Vol. 29 No. 3
In The News