Archive for June 2010

IRS Online Resources for Nonprofits

IRS Online Resources for Nonprofits
  At a recent meeting of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council, the head of the IRS Tax-Exempt Educational Office presented some great resources for nonprofits. The IRS offers an amazing array of online materials on two websites: www.irs.gov/eo and http://www.stayexempt.irs.gov/.  These sites provide thousands of pages of resource materials for nonprofit organizations, churches and religious organizations. It is great if you... Read more »

Nonprofit Trends - Where Are We Going?

Does your nonprofit organization deal adequately with changing demographics? In other words, are you engaging folks from different racial groups and ethnicities, different ages, to name a few categories? Are they present at all levels in your organization? What are you doing to work on that as you head into the future? What about new technologies — have you... Read more »

Is Your Fundraising Program in a Rut?

  You should check out SOFII. This international site (managed by a nonprofit) provides fundraisers with a comprehensive, easily accessible archive of the best fundraising creativity from around the world. And it’s free. See creative ideas (some very cool) that might inspire you to create your next great fundraising initiative. Raise more money, have more fun!
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The Art of the Informational Interview

  It always surprises me how many people either have not heard of an informational interview or are not using this valuable tool while engaging in a job search. An informational interview is, according to About.com, “an interview conducted to collect information about a job, career field, industry or company.” It is also a great... Read more »

Giving USA 2010: Annual Report on Philanthropy now available

Giving USA 2010: Annual Report on Philanthropy now available
Giving USA report on philanthropy to be discussed in Chicago on June 14th Giving USA 2010 is a national study about the level of individual giving to charitable nonprofits in the U.S. – for 2009.  The results confirm a drop in giving to $303.75 billion. That was a 3.2 percent drop (adjusted for inflation) compared to the... Read more »

Resources for Nonprofit Job Seekers

Resources for Nonprofit Job Seekers
  As the person who often answers the phone at the Axelson Center, I have had great conversations with hundreds of people looking for a nonprofit job. Some are recent grads. Others are what I call “sector jumpers”: those wanting to leave the business sector or government for a meaningful career at a nonprofit. Here... Read more »
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Fun and Free Resources for NPOs

Fun and Free Resources for NPOs
One great part of my job is sifting through piles of emails, snail mail, publications and websites to uncover free and useful resources that help nonprofits do better. Below are three good ones: Free meeting scheduling software saves time Doodle.com is a scheduling and polling tool that helps to make scheduling get-togethers considerably simpler than... Read more »