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19 Tips for Making Your Job Posting So Amazing, Unicorns Will Weep Tears of Joy

We need to talk about a serious problem that’s been ignored for a long time. No, not the lack of gel pens given out by vendors during conferences. (Seriously, vendors, get better pens! Ballpoint is so cliché!) I’m talking about job postings—they suck. They have sucked for a long time. I bet when aliens dig up remnants of the human race, they’ll encounter our job postings and go, “……” which is alien telepathic language for “these documents suck; no wonder their civilization collapsed.”

We’ve been using the same format, the same tired language, and the same archaic requirements. We need to do better.


New Report: 21st-Century Tools for 21st-Century Community Foundations

It is with great pleasure that we announce the publication of a new report, “21st-Century Tools for 21st-Century Community Foundations.” You can download the report for free from the GuideStar website.


Demonstrating Commitment to Nonprofit Excellence

On an organization’s GuideStar Nonprofit Profile, visitors can view Third Party Ratings, Accreditations, and Awards. Here, potential donors, volunteers, and others interested in nonprofit performance can learn if an organization has received recognition other than the GuideStar Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum Seals of Transparency. The Standards for Excellence Institute, a national accreditation that supports organizations in implementing nonprofit best standards, is one of the accreditations listed. Established in 1998 by Maryland Nonprofits, Standards for Excellence accreditation is available to any 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), or 501(c)(6) nonprofit that undergoes an independent third-party review of its policies, procedures, and practices.


Stop Nagging Your Board: Six Strategies to Improve Fundraising Follow-Through

Do your board members say they’ll do something ... and then don’t? Does it drive you crazy? Have you ever calculated the amount of time you spend nagging them to follow through?


Truth or Truthiness: Seven Steps to Track and Share Progress and Outcomes

Stephen Colbert introduced the word “truthiness” as something that feels true but isn’t based in fact.

Is your nonprofit reporting truth or truthiness? Are you getting the facts of your progress and outcomes out there for your current and potential donors to see?


Five Tips for Cleaning Up Your Email Marketing Lists

Start with a good database, add proactive maintenance, and automate the process


How Leading Nonprofit Brands Stay Relevant

As the number of nonprofits has proliferated—adding to the competition for mindshare and money—even organizations that are household names must adapt to appeal to a new generation of donors. Their strategies to do so are varied and can serve as inspiration for other organizations. 


Five Simple Tactics to Attract New Donations Right Away

If your organization needs some quick ways to increase donations this month, here are five relatively simple tactics that we’ve seen deliver fast results for many of the nonprofit organizations we work with. 


Building Bridges of Compassion from Burundi to Dallas

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

Gaping divisions have opened in unlikely, once unthinkable places: in our families, communities, and countries and across the world. It would be understandable if you at first thought that upsetting political argument you had over a family dinner or on Facebook or with your neighbor were all one-offs just about you or your community. I don’t think they are. Instead I think we are trapped in a worldwide web of pain, division and confusion of our own creation.


One Year of GuideStar Platinum: Lessons Learned and Plans for the Future

This month we’re celebrating the one-year anniversary of our Platinum Seal of Transparency. Platinum is GuideStar’s highest level of recognition and an opportunity for nonprofits to share their progress in a meaningful way.