October, 2015

Relay for Life events lead the way

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The American Cancer Society, which held nearly 5,000 Relay for Life events in 2014, raised $335 million during that time to lead the way in the annual Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Top 30 listing. The charities on the list, compiled by the Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Forum, raised more than $1.6 million and featured more than 8.3 million participants. […]

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“Doing more with less” often means burnout for nonprofit staff

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By Stefanie Krievins, coach and founder, Radiancy Coaching Partners | Nonprofit employees are a mission-driven bunch and sometimes help until it hurts, often doing this work at the expense of our families, health and mental wellbeing. In a 2011 study, Opportunity Knocks, a national nonprofit job and career services group, found that over 50 percent […]

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In giving, who asks makes a difference

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By Carl Sygiel, special to Charitable Advisors | Bob Karnak isn’t the type to back down from a challenge or a chance to get in a little exercise. The retired quality assurance consultant at Elanco recently made a trip from Indianapolis to Cleveland to visit family. For some, that would mean flying; for most, it […]

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Three ways to engage millennial donors

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By Kathleen Kelly Janus for Stanford Social Innovation Review | For many nonprofit organizations, getting young people to support their work seems an insurmountable challenge. Millennials are a mystery to them. As the stereotype goes, what is the use of involving the lazy, unemployed, social media-addicted generation, anyway? Even so, it’s widely understood that millennial […]

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Funding innovative breast cancer treatment

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By Tom Jackman, reporter, The Washington Post | The journey started in the gym at West Springfield High School in 2004. The rookie coach of the girls volleyball team wept as he told his players he was struggling not only with teaching the sport but also with his mother’s recent diagnosis of Stage 4 breast […]

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Harnessing the power of the crowd

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By Patricia Campbell, content manager, The Guardian | In the years since Barack Obama’s crowdfunded presidential campaign put this alternative form of fundraising on the map, crowdfunding has diversified dramatically. In the UK, digital innovation, particularly across social platforms and the financial tech (fintech) industry, has engendered a flourishing sharing economy, disrupting the natural ebb […]

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Four signs performance reviews need to go

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By Mike Bensi, advisor, FirstPerson | Performance reviews feel as though they have been around since the beginning of time. No matter how many organizations say they are going to blow up performance reviews, they still remain. They are the things that wouldn’t leave. They are inevitable and universal, just like those family and friends […]

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Busting the “best practices” myth

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By Zachary Kester, executive director, Charitable Allies | Many leading nonprofit organizations and experts laud “best practices” to set the bar high in terms of transparent, prudent and ethical operations across many areas. These go beyond the minimum legal and accounting requirements and purport to set a strong foundation of compliance with laws online casino […]

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Local nonprofit “incubators”

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By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors | Business incubators have been around since the late 1950s. Their goal: to lend a helping hand to start-up companies through a variety of services that may include a working space, seed money, management assistance and networking capability. Incubators were especially busy in the past decade due to resurgence […]

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Nurturing a nonprofit through infancy

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Video by Foundation Center | Is your emerging nonprofit organization facing management hurdles it cannot yet handle? A nonprofit incubator could offer your group assistance with getting off the ground and tackling necessary financial and administrative tasks while you’re focusing on key programmatic work. During this Foundation Center seminar, panelists from a variety of organizations […]

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