July, 2015

CFR what? It’s CFRE – Certified Fundraising Executive and you should consider it for yourself.

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Have you been a fundraising professional for 5 years or more? Are you proud of your career? Are you interested in attaining a professional certification that acknowledges you as a leader in fundraising with a wide breadth of knowledge? Then consider preparing for the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) exam, the global standard for the […]

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Prevention and planning: keys to avoiding and surviving a computer exploit

By Chip Heberden, owner and president, Netlink, Inc. Understanding computer exploits like malware and viruses and how to prevent them, are basic business survival skills these days regardless of your organization’s size. Just like other technologies, security compromises are getting more innovative.  It pays to be aware of how to prevent infection and if compromised, […]

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Plain Writing Act prod federal agencies to keep it simple

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By Lisa Rein, reporter, Washington Post Federal agencies must report their progress this week in complying with the Plain Writing Act, a new decree that government officials communicate more conversationally with the public. Speaking plainly, they ain’t there yet. Which leaves, in the eyes of some, a basic and critical flaw in how the country […]

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Primer on nonprofit sector buzzwords and jargon

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By Jodie Shupac, writer, Charity Village Leveraging funds. Capacity-building. Community-driven action. Enabling populations. Collaboration. Participatory action. Anti-oppression. Just some examples of a multitude of terms regularly thrown around by professionals in the nonprofit sector, these buzzwords can be reasonably categorized as industry speak, or just plain old jargon. Nonprofit jargon, like the vernacular of any […]

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Changing language of nonprofits

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By Louise Lee, reporter, Stanford University Graduate School of Business Terms like “data” and “framework” are commonly used by science and health organizations. Nonprofits tackling civil and social justice issues refer to “empowerment,” while more business-oriented nonprofits often use the terms “performance” and “impact.” But new research by Stanford GSB professor Walter W. Powell shows […]

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Association of Fundraising Professionals National Philanthropy Day 2015: Inspiring Change Awards Nominations Are Open

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To celebrate the generosity of our community, the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) will host its annual National Philanthropy Day (NPD) Luncheon on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at the Duke Energy Convention Center. This year’s Honorary Chair is Alecia Kintner, CEO, ArtsWave. The following awards will be presented at NPD: […]

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When best-laid plans go awry: Prepare with reserves

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By Lauren Kreutzinger, supervisor, VonLehman In any business, in any organization, even the best-laid plans can go awry. In the nonprofit sector, this can lead to disaster. But that doesn’t have to be the case — if you’re prepared. For example, a major grant your organization counted on could fall through. Or your facilities might […]

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Easy-to-use graphic design software

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By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors Treva Burgess has a second recommendation – Canva. It’s a simple, free, online design tool software, and is a boon for nonprofits that don’t have graphic designers. Setting up an account is free, as are many of its design elements. After creating an account and logging in, the user […]

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Google offers nonprofits grants

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By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors Small Box’s marketing director Jenny Anderson has some advice – learn about Google’s programs specifically targeted for nonprofits. She has, and is willing to share, that know-how. When she worked for the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) as online marketing manager, she was in charge of the museum’s website, […]

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Websites Simplified

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By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors In May, we asked readers for perfect tech or software solutions that have reduced costs or saved time. Last week, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and the Indiana Society of Association Executives shared use of tablets and software that improved the organizations’ productivity. This week, Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center and Small […]

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