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6 Back to School Lessons for Online Fundraising


Summer’s almost over, and the weather is starting to get a little cooler.

Kids and college students will be packing up book bags and suitcases and heading off to their respective halls of knowledge to learn about the Pythagorean theorem and the significance of metaphors in 18th century British literature.

But what about you? What do you want to learn more about this semester?

There are any number of fantastic courses available, but the best place to start is right here.


Why the new overtime rules are good for nonprofits and thus for our community



If you work in nonprofit in the US, you have heard that new federal overtime laws/rules are coming. They affect how we categorize the professionals in our sector—“Exempt” or “Non-Exempt”—and how we pay them, whether through set salaries or through hourly wages that include overtime for hours worked over 40. If reading that sentence makes you want to hyperventilate into a paper bag for a few minutes, you’re not alone. Many people are freaking out about these new laws and how to comply with them, because they take effect this coming December!


Foundation Transparency: Game Over?

 

The tranquil world of America's foundations is about to be shaken, but if you read the Center for Effective Philanthropy's (CEP) new study -- Sharing What Matters, Foundation Transparency -- you would never know it.

Don't get me wrong. That study, like everything CEP produces, is carefully researched, insightful and thoroughly professional. But it misses the single biggest change in foundation transparency in decades: the imminent release by the Internal Revenue Service of foundation 990-PF (and 990) tax returns as machine-readable open data.


What Might a BRIDGE-Enabled World Look Like?


For several years, we’ve been talking about the benefits to the philanthropic sector as the BRIDGE number becomes widely adopted as a standard for identifying global philanthropic entities. The primary focus of BRIDGE has always been to enable interoperability.


A Better Way to Explore the Nonprofit Sector


The Key to Great Year-end Fundraising? Your Brand

And just like that, it’s August, which (believe it or not!) is a great time to take a step back and plan ahead for year-end fundraising season.


Stark Realities Every Fundraiser Must Face

In life, there are stark realities no one wants to face. Your child’s growing interest in skydiving, for instance.

When it comes to fundraising, I’ve identified the most inconvenient truths in my book, Fundraising Realities Every Board Member Must Face. In this space, I’ll abbreviate six of the most challenging.


Impact Investment – now a global movement


The preceding is cross-posted with permission from the Alliance blog. Based out of the UK, Alliance magazine is the leading global magazine on philanthropy and social investment.

‘Let’s do it – people’s lives depend on it.’ That was the opening line from Big Society Capital founder Sir Ronald Cohen, by video to the Global Impact Investment Plenary in Lisbon: a gathering of 250 people from many countries. 

There is no doubt that the Social Impact Investment Taskforce, which launched three years ago when the UK hosted the G8, has kickstarted a global movement. As Nick O’Donohoe noted, it brought consistency and clarity, and now it’s moving from rhetoric to reality.


5 Simple Metrics Every Nonprofit Should Track and Why

Use these fundraising metrics to evaluate the success of your campaigns, achieve a return on investment (ROI), and boost the health of your organization.


Adding to your Board? Top 10 Questions to Ask when Choosing a Board Recruiting Service


Identifying new trustees for your board of directors
is one of the most important functions any nonprofit board performs. And with nearly 2 million board seats opening up in this country every year, board recruiting can be challenging. For that reason, many nonprofits opt to turn to board recruiting services like BoardAssist for help. Choosing the best board recruiting service for your nonprofit is critical.

What questions should you be asking as you think through who will perform the very important function of board recruiting for you?