October, 2017

Impact of rising benefit costs

By Mike Harrington, president, Synergy A business encounters many costs, but the most volatile expenses are those surrounding employee benefits. Last year, employers spent an average of $8,669 per employee, an increase of nearly $500 from the year before. Multiply that rising number by each staff member and the costs can significantly pile up. There are a […]

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A terrorized British city turns to an all-American play for healing

By  Matt Trueman, reporter, The New York Times In the wake of the May terrorist attack at Manchester Arena, which killed 23 people, including the attacker, the space outside the nearby Royal Exchange Theater became a site of public mourning. St. Ann’s Square slowly filled with flowers and other tributes – soft toys, football jerseys, balloons — […]

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Important considerations for establishing major gift metrics

By John T. Keith, J.D., consultant, Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates Fundraising success is increasingly a vital component of an organization’s ability to fulfill its mission.  Campaigns have increased in prevalence and frequency and often are dependent upon 90 percent of the dollars being contributed by 10 percent of the donors.  (In higher education, this can […]

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How to recognize employees without a promotion

By Mike Bensi, advisor, FirstPerson “Let’s promote him!” This is unfortunately a very common response by leaders when they have a great performer within their company. He’s been with the company “long enough,” and now the leaders find themselves wondering what they’re going to do so he doesn’t leave the company. What are some signs […]

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Finding adequate shelter for families can be challenging

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors A little over a year ago, Mike Chapuran’s first day at Family Promise in the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood didn’t go quite as planned. Trying to get a sense of his new position, he started his first day answering the nonprofit’s phones. The first caller was a family, which he had […]

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Battling homelessness relies on dedication, collaboration

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors The thought process in itself is pretty elementary. Identify a problem, and then get smart heads get together to find a solution. On paper, it sounds good, but real life can be another story. The problem of homelessness is an issue that has vexed politicians and social service agencies […]

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