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Here you grow again!

By Ann M. Merkel, Senior Vice President and Chief Market Development Officer, The National Bank of Indianapolis Congratulations! As the leader of your nonprofit, you have successfully led your team in growing and fulfilling your organization’s mission. In fact, your organization is serving more people than you ever envisioned — or planned for! As we […]

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Job descriptions: Are they really necessary?

By Jeremy York, HR Field Representative, the Synergy Companies Most people are familiar with the term job description. It is the document that outlines items such as job responsibilities, experience, education, skills, etc. A dreaded document that most managers hate to prepare or fail to see the overall importance of having such a list. But […]

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Improve fundraising performance with a development audit

By Andy Canada, senior consultant, Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates A development audit is a great “barometer” to measure the capabilities of your development office and to establish goals and strategies for future success. This internal assessment is a rare opportunity to get a fresh perspective on a strong development program and can allow you to […]

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The overlooked benefits of outsourcing nonprofit accounting

By Jim Simpson, CPA and director, Financial Technologies & Management In the nonprofit community, outsourcing typically means long-term delegation of key operation to outside experts. The accompanying expectation is improvement of the quality, strengthening effectiveness, and lowering or controlling costs. A key difference in the nonprofit sector is not only controlling costs, but becoming a […]

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No cost employee benefit helps employees avert crisis

By Jessica Love, associate executive director, Prosperity Indiana While nonprofits excel at providing work opportunities “that matter,” their employees oftentimes sacrifice salary or additional perks available to those in the private sector. Most of the time, the intangible rewards of work outweigh the downsides of working for an organization on a tight budget. But when […]

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Traveling the world and ending up next door: How fundraisers find donors in all the right places

By Jennifer Pendleton, vice president Indiana, Aly Sterling Philanthropy When an organization begins a fundraising effort, it tends to be special events. We dream up creative new ways to hold auctions, cook-offs, bake sales and golf outings. While these events bring people in our door – regardless of whether they are interested in our cause […]

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10 ways to boost your nonprofit career

By Patrick M. Rooney, associate dean, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy With the myriad demands nonprofit professionals face for their time and attention, it can be tough to make professional growth and career advancement a priority. Here are some steps you can weave into your schedule that will help you in your current […]

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Collaborative research on competitive giving

By Cali Curley, assistant professor, IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI Every March since 2012, Brackets For Good, an Indianapolis-based 501(c)(3) charitable organization, hosts online “competitive giving” fundraising tournaments. With March Madness as the impetus, there are now nonprofits in 10 additional cities involved, and a national competition. Participating nonprofits organizations rally […]

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How to protect your organization from cybercriminals

By Ann M. Merkel, Senior Vice President and Chief Market Development Officer, The National Bank of Indianapolis You are sitting at your computer, working happily away on a project, when you receive an email from a co-worker or friend, encouraging you to open an embedded link or an attachment.  Or maybe it’s an urgently worded […]

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Serve better through design: Use design thinking to better engage your audiences

By Mark Shreve, business development manager, SmallBox Nonprofit organizations are not immune to the same challenges presented to for-profit businesses. You must survive economic swings, respond to political orders and actions, address shifting demographic needs, compete for attention, and increase impact to those you serve and do all this with shrinking budgets and teams. Shall […]

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