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Letters from College (Send More Money)

Letters from College (Send More Money) | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Back in the pre-internet days of the 80’s, I was a freshman in college.  I went to an out of state school in Ohio and left my parents back in Northern Illinois.  Long distance telephone calls were expensive and postage stamps were not, so I wrote letters to my folks on a fairly regular basis.  I would write about the wonders of being a college student off on my own for the first time and report how I was doing with my classes.  When I got my mail a few days later, I would find a reply with news from home and an occasional newspaper clipping about a family member, a friend or acquaintance, and even better, the occasional check.

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or "How to write to your donors and get more money."

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Why Organizations Are So Afraid to Simplify

Why Organizations Are So Afraid to Simplify | Organization Management | Scoop.it

While most managers complain about being overloaded with responsibilities, very few are willing to give up any of them. It's one of the great contradictions of organizational life: People are great at starting new things — projects, meetings, initiatives, task forces — but have a much harder time stopping the ones that already exist.

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Although this article is written from a corporate point of view, the action items at the end are spot on for almost any type of organization.

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Resources for Filing IRS Form 990

Resources for Filing IRS Form 990 | Organization Management | Scoop.it
Non-profits, charities, and other tax-exempt organizations are generally required to file Form 990 or Form 990-EZ along with Schedule A with the Internal Revenue Service each year to maintain their tax-exempt status.
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A small amount of background information, followed by links to forms and IRS resources for Form 990 filers.
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What business leaders can learn from non-profit organizations

What business leaders can learn from non-profit organizations | Organization Management | Scoop.it

I am continuously amazed by how much passion, energy, and creativity that the volunteers and core team members bring to the table. Interestingly, the level of enthusiasm and engagement I see in these organizations often surpasses what I see in most for-profit companies. This is remarkable when you consider that these people are not being paid or compensated in any way; they are donating their time and energy!

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From another perspective, this article could be entitled "What the Best Nonprofits are doing Right"

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11 Blog Content Ideas for Nonprofits

11 Blog Content Ideas for Nonprofits | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Thanks to the Social Web, there is no shortage of possible topics for your nonprofit to blog about. From 10-paragraph editorials to 2-paragraph commentaries on breaking news, when you use the ideas given here, you should have no problem publishing the required minimum of one blog post per week (less than that and your blog starts to look abandoned). Still, understand that the content your nonprofit blog publishes, the higher your ROI.

 

The following is an excerpt from the Social Media for Social Good: A How-To Guide for Nonprofits.

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More great ideas for nonprofit bloggers.

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EmbroidMe New Lenox's curator insight, March 11, 2013 12:13 PM

Do you have someone in your organization that blogs?

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How To Embrace Change In Today's Organizations - TanveerNaseer.com

How To Embrace Change In Today's Organizations - TanveerNaseer.com | Organization Management | Scoop.it
Learn about 3 lessons revealed from research into crows' intelligence that can help organizations to embrace change brought on by external disruptions.
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Change happens: deal with it. If you do it correctly, you can turn change to your advantage.

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10 Issues to Address in Your Nonprofit's Social Media Policy - Nonprofit Law Blog

10 Issues to Address in Your Nonprofit's Social Media Policy - Nonprofit Law Blog | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Brought to you by the Nonprofit Law Blog - "Imformation to empower leaders" - by NEO Law Group

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This article, while relevant to social media use, has much wider application, such as collaborations, events and volunteer management.

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Nonprofits Need to Compete for Top Talent

Nonprofits Need to Compete for Top Talent | Organization Management | Scoop.it

The nonprofit sector is facing a massive talent shortage, which makes scaling a social enterprise extraordinarily difficult. To achieve impact, it's critical that social entrepreneurs attract, retain, and develop skilled talent. Competing directly with the private sector to do so is not only a good idea; it's a necessity for the best organizations to succeed.

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What It Takes to Succeed in a Nonprofit Collaboration - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

What It Takes to Succeed in a Nonprofit Collaboration - The Chronicle of Philanthropy | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Collaborations and mergers among nonprofits certainly aren’t new, but much of what nonprofit leaders know about them comes from our for-profit counterparts.

Nonprofit collaborations are no better and no worse than those done by for-profits. They’re simply different. For nonprofits, the primary driver to merge or collaborate should be to help them achieve their missions.

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Sweeten your nonprofit’s messaging with analogies

Sweeten your nonprofit’s messaging with analogies | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Analogies are like honey

Analogies are powerful. They’re sticky and sweet. They hook listeners in and get them to understand new ideas. Good analogies are pleasant to to the ear. Here are 3 reasons why your nonprofit should use analogies in its messaging.

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Using analogies will give your wriiting a timelessness like your grandfather's homespun wisdom.

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Nonprofits Drive the Message Through Social Conversations - eMarketer

Nonprofits Drive the Message Through Social Conversations - eMarketer | Organization Management | Scoop.it
Nonprofit organizations are tapping into a low-cost way to get the word out among constituents eager to spread their message—social media.
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There are some great statistics in this article that might help you communicate with other nonprofits efficiently.

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6 Ways Nonprofits Attract Top Tech Talent

6 Ways Nonprofits Attract Top Tech Talent | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Attracting — and retaining — top tech talent at any business is a struggle. Even more so, when corporate America offers up big paychecks, ultra generous packages, and fun company perks. Basically, it takes a little something extra to lure exceptional employees to your company, particularly if you're a nonprofit.

 

However, some nonprofits and social startups have learned they can attract these potential employees using their mission, as opposed to perks. Below, six successful entrepreneurs shared tips for leveraging their company's work to recruit top candidates.

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Membership organizations must rethink methods to attract professionals - Zintro Blog

Membership organizations must rethink methods to attract professionals - Zintro Blog | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Despite the recession, conferences and industry membership organizations continue to host annual, regional, and local events. Zintro asked membership organizations how they are faring in a slow economy and what they are doing to increase membership and attendance.

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AOG School of Management | How Leaders Can Build Innovative Organizations

AOG School of Management | How Leaders Can Build Innovative Organizations | Organization Management | Scoop.it

In all the years I have been discussing innovation and creativity with managers and entrepreneurs in master classes, seminars and roundtable sessions, one observation keeps returning: almost all leaders agreed that they underutilized the creativity of their employees.

 

They admitted that they could capture so many more fertile ideas in their company. The major reasons they gave for failing to do so were a lack of time and the absence of an effective process to manage all those ideas.

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This is a dense article - there is a lot of information, observation and conclusions packed in here. But that's because there is so much to say...
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100 Low-Cost or Free Web-Based Tools for Nonprofits

100 Low-Cost or Free Web-Based Tools for Nonprofits | Organization Management | Scoop.it

The number of low-cost or free, web-basedresources and tools available to nonprofits today is astounding. Many nonprofit professionals are overwhelmed by the all choices and as the Mobile Web and related start-ups continue to grow, prepare to be mind-boggled by all the new technology options available to your nonprofit in coming years.

That said, to be alerted of new low-cost or free resources and tools available for nonprofits,please subscribe to the Nonprofit Tech 2.0 e-Newsletter. A section of the e-newsletter entitled “Resource Spotlight” features a new resource/tool in each edition.

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I always use #33 Google Chrome and have gotten good information from #37 GreatNonprofits. If you are in a metropolitan area, #51 Meetup is more useful than you could possibly imagine!

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Google for nonprofits

Google for nonprofits | Organization Management | Scoop.it

You’re passionate about your mission. And we’re passionate about nonprofits. The Google for Nonprofits program was designed to help you reduce costs, increase collaboration, extend your reach, and increase your impact.

Members will gain access to premium Google products and support, including:

Google Grants: Free AdWords advertising to promote your website on Google through keyword targeting.YouTube for Nonprofits: Premium branding capabilities on YouTube channels, increased uploading capacity, the ability to select custom thumbnail images, and Call-to-action overlay on your videos.Google Earth Outreach Grants: Free licensing for Google Earth Pro and Maps API for Business.Google Apps for Nonprofit: Free version of Google Apps for Nonprofits
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Google provides numerous products and services free to nonprofits. Check it out here: http://www.google.com/nonprofits/join/

 

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Board Meeting Minutes - Part I - Nonprofit Law Blog

Board Meeting Minutes - Part I - Nonprofit Law Blog | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Board meeting minutes are an important but often undervalued form of recordkeeping for organizations. Minutes provide a memorialized chronology of key information such as board actions, elections of officers or directors, and certain reports from committees and staff.  Additionally, meeting minutes can have important legal significance in an IRS examination and as evidence in courts if, for example, someone challenges the validity of certain actions or positions.

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Don't miss Part 2 of this article: http://www.nonprofitlawblog.com/home/2011/02/board-meeting-minutes-part-ii.html

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Good basic information on how to prepare a good set of minutes for an organisation.

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The 27 Best Practices of High Performing Volunteer Organizations

The 27 Best Practices of High Performing Volunteer Organizations | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Unless you've been in a coma your entire life, chances are good that you've had the experience of being a volunteerof some kind for a worthy non-profit organization -- local, national, or international. That's the good news.


The not-so-good news is that many volunteer organizations, in various unconscious ways, sabotage the value their volunteers bring to the table.


Whether it's bad management, poor communication, or the inability to acknowledge people for their efforts, things get funky.


The result? Volunteers back off, quit, or find themselves spending inordinate amounts time grumbling to the other volunteers about how weird the organization is.


I've recently done some informal research on the subject and have identified 27 best practices that high performing volunteer organizations abide by.

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A quick, easy-to-use checklist to keep you on track when working with volunteers.

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Slideshare and Pinterest for Nonprofits

Slideshare and Pinterest for Nonprofits | Organization Management | Scoop.it
I’m a monthly guest on Tony Martignetti’s Nonprofit Radio (which you already know because you’re a subscriber, right?) and on this last episode we talked about two popular tools: Slideshare and Pinterest.
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To me, the most interesting thing here is the highly-focused usefulness of Pinterest. If you happen to be working the correct market with the correct subject matter, it's great. Otherwise, look to other social media.

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Via Eventity: check his comment questioning whether Pinterest (my question too) and Slideshare (a no-brainer to participate in, personally) are the right places for a nonprofit to put energy. 

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A new way to judge non-profits: Dan Pallotta at TED2013

A new way to judge non-profits: Dan Pallotta at TED2013 | Organization Management | Scoop.it
Dan Pallotta wants non-profits to be able to act more like businesses in order to help the needy. He shares why at TED2013.
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If investing, advertising and raising money through capital markets makes for-profits successful, why shouldn't it do the same for non-profits?

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5 content ideas for nonprofits that think they have nothing to write/post/tweet about

5 content ideas for nonprofits that think they have nothing to write/post/tweet about | Organization Management | Scoop.it
How do nonprofits consistently find interesting and compelling content to post and write about? It’s a lot simpler than you think.
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There's nothing here that will surprise you. But it might just give you something to write about...

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By The Numbers: Demographics Of The 2012 Top 5 Social Networking Sites In The US

By The Numbers: Demographics Of The 2012 Top 5 Social Networking Sites In The US | Organization Management | Scoop.it

The numbers are in and the Pew Research Center has released its list of top 5 social networking sites in the U.S. for 2012.

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The Pew survey is more than just about what percentage of internet users in the U.S. used a specific social networking site. The survey also broke down data according to sex, ethnicity/race, age, education attainment, household income and urbanity.

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There is some important insight to be gleaned from this article. You might be surprised who is using these popular social sites. Interesting note: LinkedIn is NOT one of the top 5.

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The Requirements for Obtaining a Not-for-Profit Income Tax Exemption

The Requirements for Obtaining a Not-for-Profit Income Tax Exemption | Organization Management | Scoop.it
An organization normally is subject to federal income taxation unless it obtains a formal exemption from the Internal Revenue Service. The exemption is granted only to qualified entities that endure a rigorous application and review process.
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A great, concise overview of what it akes to go 501(c)(3).

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How to craft your nonprofit’s elevator pitch in 4 simple steps

How to craft your nonprofit’s elevator pitch in 4 simple steps | Organization Management | Scoop.it

An elevator pitch is a bite sized description of your organization’s mission and plan. Developing one is a fantastic exercise in focus and concision. Your elevator pitch will serve as your nonprofit’s north star. All activity must steer the ship north. An effective pitch will more importantly describe your nonprofit’s work to others and get them to act. Here’s how to craft an effective elevator pitch for your nonprofit

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An excellent, concise approach to telling your core story in 15 seconds.

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