Education A to Z

September 25, 2014 at 10:00am Leave a Comment

The summer months certainly flew by.  Suddenly we are faced with the usual barrage of “Back-to-School” sales, lists of school supplies to buy, and getting the family ready for the fall routine.  But don’t forget about the needs of your local school; students and teachers can use your help, too.

Here are some suggestions, organized by level of involvement and skills required. These may help you identify a worthwhile and meaningful way to make a difference to kids in your community.

  • If you are short on time
  • If you have some time to spare
  • If you have time to mentor or share your professional skills (more…)
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Attract the Best of the Best

September 23, 2014 at 04:00pm Comment (1)

Article courtesy of Catchafire; written by ReWork

Is recruiting exceptional talent one of your top priorities? If it’s not, it should be.

Knowing how to hire well is critical to the success of any organization. And when you’re faced with budgetary or timing constraints, it just means that you’ll have to get crafty. Here’s how to attract and secure the best of the best. (more…)

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From Leftovers to a Feast

September 23, 2014 at 02:00pm Leave a Comment

In a story that aired earlier this year, NPR reported that the amount of food wasted each year in the U.S. is the equivalent of 141 trillion calories or about 1,249 calories per person each day. It’s a startling figure and certainly a novel way of looking at food waste.
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The Importance of Third Party Endorsement in the Nonprofit Sector

August 1, 2014 at 11:52am Leave a Comment

(Research from the Software Advice)

It’s been true in the for-profit sector that third party reviews and seals do make a difference.  Tim Ash and many professionals in the online space have spoken about the importance of using third party endorsements as a way to build online trust (see his article on ClickZ). Well, a slice of that information is brought forward by Software Advice, a company that provides research and reviews of donor management systems.  They recently published an article on the importance for charities to display seals on their websites and printed materials to show donors that they responsibly manage funds. 

Below are excerpts from that research.  A full article can be found here.

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Become a #NonprofitFriend!

July 29, 2014 at 02:52pm Leave a Comment

Get ready for International Friendship Day on August 3!

What is Friendship Day, you ask?

Friendship Day was originally promoted by Joyce Hall, the founder of Hallmark cards in 1930 and later revitalized in 1998 by Nane Annan, wife of the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and sponsored by the U.N. Department of Public information and Disney Enterprises, and was co-hosted by Kathy Lee Gifford. Believe it or not, Winnie the Pooh was named the world’s Ambassador of Friendship at the United Nations!

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GreatNonprofits to Lead the Future of the Giving Library Video Archive

July 23, 2014 at 03:38pm Leave a Comment

GreatNonprofits has announced that it has been selected to lead the future of the Giving Library.

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The Surprising Truth Behind Beneficiary Feedback

July 15, 2014 at 02:12pm Leave a Comment

Article written By Shuo Xie & Kris Sankaran

New research suggests that the feedback of nonprofit clients is less biased than many think.

In the business world, collecting user feedback has become a rule of thumb. It enables companies to improve products or services, and strengthen relationships with clients. The social sector also recognizes the importance of collecting and responding to client feedback, but critics cast doubt on its validity, citing “courtesy bias”—the tendency for people to give answers they think the asker wants to hear. (more…)

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Summer Exchange Programs

July 8, 2014 at 02:36pm Leave a Comment

While we’re in the heat of the summer, we realize it might be too late to plan for this year’s student exchange program, but it’s never too late to start planning for next year or the year after!

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Tips for Using Quotes and Reviews in Your Content Strategy

July 2, 2014 at 02:47pm Leave a Comment

In a recent blog post  7 Tips for Using Quotes for Your Nonprofit’s Content Strategy, Beth Kanter provides compelling reasons and extremely helpful tips for using  quotes as an integral element in your strategy.

As the author states, “Audiences love inspirational, relevant, and timely quotes, especially if created in graphic, visual format.”

Why not expand that idea a bit and include reviews as well? Here’s a recap of the seven tips for using quotes; you can apply them to reviews as well.

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Organizations with Volunteer Programs for Kids

July 2, 2014 at 12:56pm Leave a Comment

In a recent blog post, Helping Kids Make a Difference, we covered simple ways to get kids involved in philanthropy and giving – ideas as simple as a peanut butter and jelly drive or fostering an animal.  We’re following on to that blog post by highlighting a few Top-Rated nonprofits using our site. 

Check out these top-rated nonprofits and learn how kids are participating in their volunteer activities!

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