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7 Ways Non-Profits Can Capitalize on Employment Information

 
This blog content has been provided by HEPdata.

Over the past year, HEPdata has helped hundreds of universities and non-profits track down current employment information on their constituents. By tapping into publicly available sources of information, including screening social media sites like LinkedIn and Twitter, the average non-profit can expect to see a 30-50% increase in the amount of employment information available to them using HEP’s EmployerFind service. While this may sound great, we all know that the real value of employment data is only realized when your institution can actually do something with it. So what can you do with employment information? Here are the top 7 recommendations from HEPdata. (more…)

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#GivingTuesday is Here! …Now What?

So the day we’ve all been waiting for is here!  #GivingTuesday – a national movement and brainchild of the 92nd Street Y– The idea is to create a daylong national effort to help charities raise money online during the holiday season – and right on the heals of Cyber Monday and Black Friday.  We’ve been preparing for months. But what do you do when the day is here?  Here are tips depending on who you are!

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Get Ready to Maximize Year-end Donations

The giving season is just around the corner!

Now is the best time to optimize your online giving platform to maximize your year-end donations this year. Is your organization following these best practices, shared by Aplos, for a donor-friendly donation process? (more…)

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Education A to Z

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

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

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

(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!

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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The Surprising Truth Behind Beneficiary Feedback

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

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

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

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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Helping Kids Make a Difference

It’s Never Too Early to Help

It’s easy to forget how lucky we are.  We get in a particular groove, driving the kids to school, cheering them on at sporting events, helping them with homework. But are we teaching them how to pitch in and help others who are not as fortunate? How do they learn that not every child can ask a parent for basketball shoes and have them in time for next team practice? Do our kids realize that the crystal-clear drinking water that comes out of the tap is not an endless flow?

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Converting Employees into Brand Ambassadors

Article by Catchafire.org

Your most valuable advocates may be closer to home than you realize.

With a little encouragement, you can turn your employees into active brand ambassadors who strengthen your brand recognition, attract potential hires, impress new donors, and connect top influencers with your cause.

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Q & A with David Lansdowne

published by Emerson & Church

 

Many of us are apologetic when asking – as if we’re asking the donor to give as a personal favor to us. That’s not what we’re doing.  We’re seeking help for a worthy cause. Why can’t we seem to approach it that way?

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Leveraging Social Media to Showcase Impact in the Nonprofit Sector

It’s no surprise that social media is big and it’s here to stay. While we know you’re probably already using social media to the hilt, we want to help you maximize your potential on dynamic platforms and highlight your amazing work. Since the GreatNonprofits mission is to help nonprofits showcase stories of impact, we thought what better way to do this than by surveying our nonprofits to see how they are using social media to showcase their reviews and ratings. Read on for more. If you can’t find yourself below, but are marketing yourselves well on social media, click here to tell us about it and we’ll share your story. (more…)

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Nonprofits Supporting Our Cultural Heritage

Read About Nonprofits Supporting Our Cultural Heritage From Coast to Coast

Summer’s almost here; time to start making those vacation plans. As you glance through guidebooks, you’ll be sure to see lists of “don’t miss” monuments, parks, and museums. But take a little time, and you’ll also find places where the local population strives to keep local cultural heritage and customs thriving Look for places where people are working together to save a remnant of history, turn an urban landscape into a swath of greenery, or keep a cherished craft alive. The places highlighted below are just a small sample of what awaits you on your travels – we’ve highlighted nonprofits promoting our cultural heritage in the Northeast, Southeast, South, Midwest and West.

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Give Kids The World, a 2013 Top-Rated Winner, Leverages Social Media to Spread the Love


Amid Central Florida attractions such as Walt Disney World and SeaWorld lies Give Kids The World Village, a 70-acre nonprofit storybook resort that hosts children with life-threatening diseases, along with their families.  Founded in 1986 by Henri Landwirth, a successful hotelier who survived five years as a child in Auschwitz, children come here from every state and 75 countries for complimentary vacations, intended as a respite from the weight of their illnesses. In addition to accommodations in one of the Village’s 144 villas, their vacation includes  meals, entertainment and donated tickets to nearby attractions like SeaWorld, Universal Orlando Resort  and Walt Disney World. (more…)

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