April, 2016

Six questions to find happiness in your job

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By Stefanie Krievins, coach and founder, The Heart Projects An expert in leadership development and human behavior, Marshall Goldsmith says we simultaneously need happiness and meaningfulness in our lives in order to be fulfilled. As nonprofit staff and volunteers, we often have jobs that are meaningful or at least contribute to a worthwhile mission. Happiness […]

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A proving ground for board service

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By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors When Forbes magazine published its list of 20 Best Cities For Young Professionals last month, Indianapolis was No. 10. But Jesamyn Sparks, Shae LeDune and Trevor Bruner would take the description one step further: Indy has a vibrant young professional network. And the three have had a hand in […]

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A new approach to finding a business partner

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A new approach to finding a business partner By Paul Ashley, managing director, FirstPerson The request for proposal, or RFP, is important and for some industries a requirement. When done thoughtfully, this selection process can be a great experience that leads to meaningful partnerships that endure. It can be an effective question set to learn […]

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The risks — and rewards — of reinventing signature events

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By Susan J. Ragusa, contributing columnist, Inside Philanthropy There’s a great Bette Davis quote that goes something like, “Old age ain’t no place for sissies.” It puts me in mind of the recently departed month and the image of decrepit Father Time ambling out of the year. Certainly for nonprofits that depend on a year-end […]

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Revamped Relay for Life

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By Bruce Barton, staff writer, Los Altos Town Crier The annual Los Altos Relay For Life fundraiser for the American Cancer Society started with a bang in 2004, with hundreds participating and hundreds of thousands of dollars raised. But the 24-hour event lost steam after a few years as participants and organizers grew weary of […]

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Chicago Charity Challenge: reinventing corporate giving

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By Stacey Rago, executive director, Chicago Charity Challenge People want to work for and do business with companies that give to charities, whether in volunteer hours or financial contributions. As a result, corporations are increasingly seeking ways to show a tangible impact of their giving by going beyond the “one-and-done” form of charity events held […]

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