Archive for August 2010

Not sure how to build effective teams? Watch the buses!

  I have been thinking a lot about effective teamwork these days – I think it is one of those things that is hard to measure and even more difficult to claim. Don’t get me wrong – I know it is important. As I have stated in previous posts – the nonprofit sector is really the... Read more »

Mini Grants for Illinois, Indiana Food Pantries

Deadline: September 20, 2010 JEWEL-OSCO is accepting applications for its Hunger Relief Grant Program, designed to fund the operational needs of food pantries and soup kitchens. The $300,000 block grant program is conducted in partnership with three area food banks: the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the Northern Illinois Food Bank and the Food Bank of... Read more »

Are you an executive director? How prepared were you for the job?

Christa recently wrote about executive directors leaving organizations. Here’s another angle. Consider how you made a decision (or how you might make a decision) to become an executive director. What drove you? Was it your passion for the mission? Was it a sense of wanting to be in charge, so that you could make key decisions... Read more »

Looking for Tech Answers? Here's a Great Free Resource

  Only one in 10 nonprofits is taking advantage of the donated and discounted technology solutions available through TechSoup, an organization that provides nonprofits with free and discounted hardware and software, free webinars, educational articles, and expert-led community forums. TechSoup charges an administrative fee for facilitating product donations. However, the fee is considerably lower than... Read more »

As a small nonprofit -- did you file your Form 990?

IRS gives tax-exempt organizations a reprieve —  until October 15, 2010.   According to a recent IRS press release, “Small NPOs at risk of losing their tax-exempt status because they failed to file required returns for 2007, 2008, and 2009 can preserve their status by filing returns by October 15, 2010, under a one-time relief... Read more »

Is Your ED Leaving? Four Things all Boards Should Know

  We talk a lot about succession planning as a best practice for nonprofits. But what happens when the head of the organization leaves suddenly and you don’t have a plan in place? It is the role of the board to hire the executive director, but because it is a task that (hopefully) happens infrequently,... Read more »

Three Great Opportunities: Deadlines Quickly Approaching

  Do you have a few extra moments this week? Consider applying for one or all three of these opportunities. Note the deadline information, and good luck! $50,000 Grant for Sports OrganizationBeyond Sport is offering the United Airlines Chicago Impact Award, a grant competition for Chicago-area organizations that utilize sports to solve social problems. The award comes... Read more »