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GuideStar Impact Call Q1 2016 Follow-Up

Thanks to all
who were able to join us for our February 9th GuideStar Impact Call!

Redefining Innovation in Today's Social Sector

Innovation exists in a number of different forms. The impression promoted by mainstream media and corporate marketing campaigns is that innovation is exclusive to groundbreaking technologies and sophisticated software. But the fact is, innovation is happening all around us, in the most simple applications and often driven by the most unlikely players.

Giving Has No Season Contest


A variety of studies show that making gratitude and generosity a more regular part of your everyday life increases your sense of satisfaction and overall happiness. Yet, due to a combination of holidays and the tax calendar, most charitable giving occurs during the month of December. Why should happiness be limited to the December-month alone? We at Small Token strongly believe that giving has no season, which is why we're launching a contest to promote gratitude and reward nonprofits in January and February.

Free Webinar: Happy & Healthy – 10 Tips for Impact without Burnout

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Aliza Sherman and I have been very busy these last few months working on our new book “The Happy Healthy Nonprofit.” We’ve been researching, interviewing, and writing, plus testing out a lot of our ideas.  Since New Year’s is a great time to establish better habits that make you happy and healthy, we’re doing a one-hour free webinar hosted by Wild Apricot on January 14th at 3 pm EST to share some of what we’re learning, get feedback, and identify additional people to interview for the book.

More Than Giving Thanks, A Day For Giving Back

On November 11th, Wednesday of this week, Americans will come together to celebrate Veterans Day. For some, observing the day may involve attending a parade, ceremony, concert or other tribute. For others it may take on deeper meaning of thanks and reflection.

Handling the Difficult Donor

It’s late. I’m about to turn off my computer and leave work for the night when he calls.He’s one of my top donors.I asked him for a six figure gift a month ago.He’s called every week since.First he wanted to know how much revenue we made from our recent event after expenses.Next he wanted a report documenting how many of our students went on to a four year college and what their majors were.Tonight he’s asking for a detailed expense analysis calculating the cost per student for each program we offer.

Looking for a Dream Nonprofit Job? Idealist and GuideStar Want to Help!

Seeking a job in the nonprofit sector? Join our webinar, Finding your Dream Nonprofit Job: How to Use GuideStar & to Find the Right Position on Thursday, June 18th at 2pm EST to learn how Idealist and GuideStar can help you find your ideal position and verify the nonprofit for legitimacy.

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In this event, we will cover how to use Idealist and Guidestar to find and vet a job, internship, or volunteer opportunity; specific tips to improve how you search, advice on cover letters, resumes, and interviews; and general nonprofit resources that can aid you in your journey. Attendees will then have the opportunity to ask panelists their questions in a live Q&A session. Please join us to see how Idealist and GuideStar can help jump-start your career!

P.S: Live tweeting is encouraged! Follow @GuideStarUSA to connect with other webinar participants, submit your questions to the host and speakers, and join the online conversation on June 18th by live tweeting using the hashtag #NonprofitJobs. See you there!

Missed any of GuideStar's latest webinars? Visit our Webinars Archive page for free full recordings and slide decks of our virtual events ranging in topics from Board Development, Communications & Marketing, Fundraising, Social Media, and more!

Questions From "Demystifying the Form 990" Free GuideStar Webinar

The following is a follow-up of additional questions viewers had from our form 990 webinar on April 15th, 2015 with Polsinelli PC and Capin Crouse LLP titled "Demystifying the Form 990: Tips, tricks, and traps of the Form 990.” To view the full slides and recording of the webinar, click here under "Recent Webinars."

7 jaw dropping things I learned at AFP ICON by Rachel Muir

The fundraising part of my brain was on fire after attending the AFP International Fundraising Conference in Baltimore last month.I’ve been a fundraiser for 20 years and as VP of Training I am constantly studying the subject.Naturally, a 3 day conference dedicated to fundraising is my idea of nirvana.It was a privilege to get to speak and I’m excited to share the highlights of what I learned:

Questions from Board Building Sessions

The following is a follow-up of additional questions viewers had from our 3-part webinar series with Orr Associates, Inc., titled “Making the Most of Your Board.” To view the full slides and recording of the series, click here