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What it will take to get a nonprofit job in 2020
From Fast Company
Recent college graduates have been setting their sights on nonprofits more than private companies for several years. According to The New York Times's analysis of data from the American Community Survey of the United States Census Bureau, 11 percent more young college graduates worked for nonprofit groups in 2009 than in 2008. A 2012 study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that the U.S. nonprofit sector grew an average of 2.1 percent between 2000 and 2010, while for-profit sector jobs declined by an average of 0.6 percent a year during the same period.
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Wagons circle on Blue Cross And Blue Shield tax exemptions
From Forbes
Tax exemptions of profit-making health care businesses, long controversial in an industry that is taking hold of a greater share of the U.S. economy, are coming under fire once again. This time, it's nonprofit health insurance companies like Blue Shield of California, which recently lost its state income tax exemption after a government audit.
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Building a case that attracts transformational philanthropy
By Craig Shelley
Donors are narrowing their focus and increasing the size of their individual gifts to concentrate and increase the impact of their philanthropic investments. For those organizations attracting these investments, the impact is transformational. However, many organizations that thrived in a more transactional environment are seeking to transition to a model that captures the attention and benefits of this new philanthropy. The first step in making this transition is adapting their case for support to one that better communicates impact to these investors.
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How your fundraiser deadline can raise donations
From YouCaring.com
What difference does duration make to your crowdfunding success? Your fundraiser deadline is a handy tool for attracting online donations. Here’s what you need to know to set a deadline that motivates supporters.
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Tips for finding new Facebook followers for your nonprofit
From The Fundraising Authority
Posting compelling content on Facebook is nice, but it won't do you much good if no one ever sees it. For the most part, the only people who will see your content on a regular basis on Facebook are those folks who have "liked" your organization's Facebook page. Thus, you'll want to get as many of your current supporters, donors and volunteers to like your page as possible, and then expand your reach by introducing your page (and your organization) to new people and networks on the site.
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Beware of zombie grant appropriations!
From Nonprofit Quarterly
It's a good thing for a nonprofit to successfully advocate for government funding, but what happens when the money comes after it's gone out of business? Is this a kind of "zombie appropriation?"

The Albany Times-Union reports that the controversial nonprofit ACORN, closed down for almost five years, received an appropriation of $24,000 from the New York state legislature in this year's budget. The paper says that critics, like the good-government group Citizens Union, call this "Spending in the Shadows" — a "largely unchecked system that allows lawmakers to insert pork-barrel spending into the budget."

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Justice Department will not pursue Lois Lerner contempt case
From The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Lois Lerner, the former head of the Internal Revenue Service's nonprofit division, will not face criminal contempt charges for refusing to answer congressional questions about the agency's alleged targeting of political organizations, The Washington Post and Politico report. Ronald Machen, the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, told House Speaker John Boehner in a letter this week that the Justice Department will not take the case to a grand jury.
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6 guidelines for picking association consultants
From Associations Now
Has your organization hired one too many consultants who just didn't work out? Eugene Fram, professor emeritus of management at Saunders College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology, has seen that problem arise many times during his many years with nonprofits and has shared some lessons learned.
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Why do we waste time at board meetings?
By William D. Pawlucy
How many times do we say that we want our board of directors meetings to run more efficiently? Poorly run board meetings are the number one reason why there is a lack of focus around strategic issues. As organizations seek performance excellence, they look to organizations for performance improvements such as the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and performance techniques and tools such as Six Sigma. Both Baldrige and Six Sigma recommend performance scorecards and dashboards to track, measure and monitor performance looking forward. Here are some key metrics to track for your organization.
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Smartphones are helping this nonprofit keep a generation of memories alive
From TechCrunch
Each day, we talk to lots of people: meetings with coworkers, dinnertime chats with family or friends, messages on social media. When was the last time, however, you had a long conversation with someone about the things that really matter to both of you? Since 2003, Brooklyn-based non-profit organization StoryCorps has encouraged people to ask each other meaningful questions.
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