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Book Review: THE TIME BANDIT SOLUTION

One of the many resources I use as a nonprofit writer/consultant/blogger is NetGalley, a site that features new books from publishers for review purposes. Every once in awhile, I’ll check out a random book – mostly for my own reading, but often to find something that can benefit nonprofit workers. Edward G. Brown’s The Time... Read more »

How To Be a Genius At Hiring NonProfit Consultants

Right now, many nonprofits throughout Chicago are entering their heaviest fundraising period….and that may mean hiring nonprofit consultants or freelancers to assist or take on short term tasks. (Social enterprises and social ventures are also constantly seeking marketing and consulting assistance). As a communications consultant, I find myself competing for work for a variety of... Read more »

Book Review: LITTLE BOOK OF BIG PR

  NOTE: A complimentary copy of Ms. Witter’s book was provided for purposes of review As I was writing last week’s post, I came to a very subtle realization – throughout my career in nonprofits, I have had to take on what might be called “guerrilla” public relations tactics. Working with media, getting the word... Read more »
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Breaking the Rules: How the Ice Bucket Challenge Hurts NonProfits

As a strong advocate for using digital tools to engage potential advocates online, I probably should be more supportive of efforts like the Ice Bucket Challenge – the fundraising initiative that has gone viral. Many of my colleagues talk positively about it, and a few have even participated However, like several of my fellow Chicago Now... Read more »

Chicago Net Tuesday & The Broadband Vision

Broadband access is a very hot topic in Chicago, with efforts to make access available to all. From efforts to expand free access on the north side (concurrent with similar efforts on the south side) to news that the Chicago Public Library has received funding to allow patrons to “check out” hotspots, there’s never been... Read more »

Chicago Startup Weekend (And Other Events)

With nonprofits taking more of a “lean startup” approach to doing business  many organizations are focusing on engaging tech-minded individuals….especially underrepresented populations. Thanks to Nicole Yeary of Ms. Tech, we have information about a Chicago Startup Weekend – which you may find of interest and which is happening this very weekend… Thanks to Ms. Tech, we... Read more »
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Q & A With A Chicago Now Blogger: Extreme Parenting

One of the great advantages of being part of the Chicago Now blogging network is the opportunity to interact with a diverse range of unique individuals. So when the opportunity came to participate in today’s “Q & A With a Blogger Day”, I eagerly volunteered….and when I received the name of the person who I... Read more »

Confessing Nonprofit Social Media Strategy

Confessing Nonprofit Social Media Strategy
The most current “hot topic” in the realm of social media is an article entitled Confessions of a Social Media Strategist. Although it may not be readily apparent, this article contains some great insights – and lessons – for those working in nonprofit social media strategy, as well as other professionals working for  social ventures... Read more »

Funding Opportunity: Chiditarod Grants

(Special thanks to Michi Trota of Chicago Nerd Social Club for her help in writing this post. Her take on this year’s Chiditarod can be found here.) As a board member for the Chicago Nerd Social Club, I frequently find myself involved in some great, creative efforts to engage people around causes with a pop... Read more »
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Advice For A New Grad: Social Change Careers

Like many of my fellow Chicago Now bloggers, I am writing this week to offer advice to a new grad (or graduates) about non-profit, social entrepreneurship, or other social change careers. As someone who has had a long career which includes nonprofit work, this is especially timely – I’m more than happy to share my... Read more »