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Volunteers: Use Them More and Better

Volunteers: Use Them More and Better
This article from our colleagues at the Nonprofit Quarterly examines what it takes for a nonprofit to make the most and best use of volunteers.  As it happens, the Nonprofiteer focuses part of her practice on this very question, with particular focus on high-skills volunteers.  Her version of the material in this article: volunteers are... Read more »

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Remember overtime pay? It's back--yes, at nonprofits, too!

Remember overtime pay?  It's back--yes, at nonprofits, too!
Remember overtime pay?  The Department of Labor is about to restore it–and yes, nonprofits will have to comply along with the rest of the business community.  Hooray!  And if any nonprofit Board member predicts the end of the world as we know it because of the requirement, ask him/her how much s/he is giving to... Read more »
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Overtime Regulations: Nonprofits Object. Don't.

Overtime Regulations: Nonprofits Object.  Don't.
The Nonprofiteer is irate (so new?) about the response of some nonprofits to the Department of Labor’s proposal to adjust overtime regulations, so workers are entitled to overtime if they make $50K a year or less. (The current ceiling is less than $24K, below the Federal poverty level.) As reported by our indispensable colleague Rick... Read more »

Dear Nonprofiteer, Is it Founders Syndrome or protection of artistic vision?

Dear Nonprofiteer, Is it Founders Syndrome or protection of artistic vision?
Dear Nonprofiteer, I am on the board of an Arts Oriented 501(c)(3) that I believe is experiencing Founders Syndrome.  There are two members of the seven person Board of Directors who founded the organization in 2007 with term limits of three, two year terms yet they are still serving in the chair and co-chair positions... Read more »

The Art Works Fund: Capacity Building So the Arts Work

The Art Works Fund: Capacity Building So the Arts Work
The Nonprofiteer tends to assume that nonprofits know about all the funds available to support them, and in particular the funds earmarked for capacity building, e.g. strengthening Boards, creating fundraising plans, figuring out how to use high-skills volunteers.  But there’s a special fund of this type in Chicago, reserved to arts organizations: the Arts Work... Read more »
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One day's pay is not enough

One day's pay is not enough
If you give one day’s pay, does anybody really feel it? The Nonprofiteer has been contemplating this question ever since she received information about a new promotion to assist people in Ethiopia. She gets the point that a dollar purchases way more in Ethiopia than it does in the US, but she keeps wondering how... Read more »

Dear Nonprofiteer, Is the nonprofit Board perpetual or merely self-perpetuating?

Today’s query: is the nonprofit Board perpetual or merely self-perpetuating? Dear Nonprofiteer, I’m on the board of a small, but national, non-profit.  We have been incorporated as a non-member, board-operated nonprofit and designated a 501 (c)(4). We originally created a mechanism by which our affiliated state organizations could participate in the election of board members. ... Read more »

Much corporate volunteering is a waste of time

Much corporate volunteering is a waste of time
Finally somebody says it out loud: much corporate volunteering is a waste of time, simply a way for corporations to preen for prospective employees by pretending to support nonprofits.  The suggestion that corporations instead give employees a certain number of volunteer days each year—in addition to sick days and vacation days—would improve things slightly, because... Read more »
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Ten Things That Make for Great Nonprofits

An outfit called the Horatio Alger Association provides this infographic showing ten things that make for great nonprofits.
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    The Nonprofiteer is Kelly Kleiman, principal of NFP Consulting, which provides Board development, strategic planning and fund-raising services to charities and philanthropies. Through her consulting practice and in her guise as The Nonprofiteer, Kelly has spent the past 25-plus years helping small and mid-sized nonprofits organize themselves better and raise more money. These days she focuses especially on helping them use high-skill volunteers. Kelly is also a lawyer and freelance journalist whose reportage and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor and other dailies; in magazines including In These Times and Chicago Philanthropy; in the alternative press; on websites including the Huffington Post; and on the radio, including the BBC and WBEZ Chicago Public Radio. She and her fellow "Dueling Critic" Jonathan Abarbanel present a weekly podcast of their reviews of Chicago theater at DuelingCritics.net. Earlier in her career she was dean of admissions of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and Executive Director of the Chicago Children’s Choir, and practiced real estate and zoning law with the firm of Rudnick & Wolfe. Kelly holds undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Chicago. She was a founding Board member of the Association of Consultants to Nonprofits and also served for 5 years on the Board of the Association for Women Journalists–Chicago. She can be reached ("Dear Nonprofiteer . . .") at KellyNFP@yahoo.com.

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