Guest Blogger's blog

Overwork, binge working, and when to say "go home"

By Carrie Winans

“It took about 200 years for unions to get us a 40 hour work week and it took smartphones about 5 years to completely take them away” – Bob Sullivan, NBC Nightly News.

What do the United States, Argentina, and Sudan have in common? Surprisingly, it’s overworked employees. With no required time off each week, these nations share a chronic overwork epidemic.

Board Leadership Matters: 2013 reflections

By Michael Daivdson

Several experiences in 2013 stand out as examples of how the personal leadership of board members can result in significant change for the organizations they serve.

Putting it in practice: Enabling diversity in impact investing

By Bonnie Foley-Wong

Have you ever started an investment company, from scratch? That’s exactly what I’m doing and it is challenging, exhilarating, and one of the most purposeful and intentional things I have ever done. I developed and practice Integrated Investing, an impactful approach to investing which starts with integrating information from analysis, emotion, intuition, and body into our investment decisions.  Integrated Investing is what gets me out of bed every morning.  I eat, sleep, and breathe Integrated Investing and I love it.

Investment vs. Expense: How Do You Categorize Your Communications Costs?

By Janet Falk

At a certain small bank dealing exclusively with consumers, opening a new account in the system requires an input: How did you hear about us?

This is a company that calculates its Public Relations, Marketing and Communications dollars as an investment, and not an expense, unlike others.

By tracking the HOW question over time, and in six locations, the bank fine tunes its activity in SEO, media outreach, outdoor advertising and other platforms.

New Year's Resolutions To Make Your Finances Fit for 2014

By Paul Konigstein

A new calendar year, which for many organizations is the start of their fiscal year, is an excellent time to review a number of accounting and financial practices to ensure your organization is ready to handle whatever may come its way over the next 12 months.

Convincing the Nonprofit Board: A For-Profit Adventure

By Jessica Melton

According to a Nonprofit Finance Fund survey, 41 percent of nonprofit organizations ran a deficit in 2012. Many NPOs are turning toward a hybrid business model--adding for-profit ventures--to provide consistent revenue streams. In fact, over 50 percent of NPOs currently operate under a hybrid business model.

Janna Finch, Nonprofit Analyst from Software Advice (a website that compares nonprofit software) wanted to learn more about how to make this transition. Finch offers the following advice; in particular, how to persuade your board of directors to support your for-profit endeavor, including:

How to Use Google+ to Promote Your Nonprofit Organization

By Brittany Klontz

Though it may have taken a little while to find its sea legs, Google+ is now the second largest social networking site in the world. While Facebook and Twitter tend to draw more personal users, Google+ draws a crowd that likes to mix business and pleasure, engaging both with their friends and with their favorite brands. That means one thing for nonprofits looking to promote themselves and grow their organization: Google+ is a must-do.

But where to start on this powerful platform, which differs in so many ways from its predecessors? First, I recommend starting with this excellent G+ resource, which will take you through all of the essentials so you can hit the ground running. Here, too, are our 5 top suggestions for mastering the platform.

Something to Tweet About: how to make social media work for your charity

By: Carlos Miranda, Founder, Social Misfits Media 

Social media is the number one reason we use the internet. More than a quarter of the time you and I spend online is spent on a social media site – this is more than we spend emailing, online shopping, or on anything else. And it's worth noting that social media is not a fad. Individual platforms come and go (when was the last time you logged on to your MySpace page?) but the hyper-connectivity and functionality common to all popular platforms (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc) are a fixture of modern life.

Working Boards: Who is governing whom?

By Michael Davidson

The Challenge
Establishing a workable distinction between the governance responsibilities of the board and the management responsibilities of the staff is a continual challenge for every nonprofit organization. 

Resolving this is made additionally complex when there is minimal or no staff; when board members deliver the programs and are at the same time responsible for the policy direction and oversight of the programs. The board members are, in effect, overseeing themselves.

Branding: Purposeful or Coincidence

By Ralp Allora

When it comes to consumer perception of brands, it’s the little things that count. Things as small, in fact, as the hold music.



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