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Must-read fundraising and social media reports for nonprofits
From Nonprofit Tech for Good
The reports included are just a small sampling of some of the research available to nonprofits on the subjects of online fundraising and social media. The data can be used to help your nonprofit craft a technology and fundraising strategic plan.
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What nonprofits can learn from Chipotle
By William D. Pawlucy
I was in a fast-casual Mexican restaurant the other day, Chipotle. While in line, I was thinking about how the concept developed by this and similar brands applies to service delivered by a nonprofit. What's the difference between fast-casual and full-service restaurants? Traditional, full-service restaurants are ones "that encapsulate the old-fashioned idea of going out to eat." The question I'm wondering is: Are nonprofit organizations encapsulating the old-fashioned idea of serving members the same way they were served 30-50 years ago?
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Nonprofits feel stress of North Carolina tax reform push
From The Charlotte Post
Senate Bill 700, sponsored by Sen. Andy Wells (Catawba) and Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg, would limit state and local sales tax refunds to nonprofits. It has been referred to the Committee on Rules and Operations. The nonprofit sector is concerned that adding a tax on agencies will weaken their ability to provide charitable services and cause a loss of jobs when they can't pay them.
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How nonprofits like the YMCA use data to maximize community impact and ROI
Umbel
The biggest truth about data is that it only has real value if it changes the way organizations act and think. In today's data-driven world, having the right data can help nonprofit organizations become more transparent and accountable, helping them demonstrate to donors and members that their programs and initiatives are achieving objectives. And yet, while most nonprofits now recognize that they need a data-driven digital strategy to grow and be accountable, a recent study shows that more than 56 percent of respondents said their nonprofits don't have any staff dedicated to data analytics and digital strategy.
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Useful study reveals generational differences in what engages donors
From Nonprofit Quarterly
A study released by software company Abila contrasts the ideas nonprofits have about how to engage donors with what donors say actually makes them feel engaged. Further, it looks at generational differences in the preferences of the donors.
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New York investigates whether Boy Scouts' employment practices discriminated against gays
From The New York Times
The New York State attorney general's office has opened an inquiry into the Boy Scouts of America's hiring practices to determine whether the group has discriminated as an employer against gays. The office will ask Wayne Brock, the chief scout executive of the Boy Scouts' national organization, for detailed information on the group's involvement in hiring decisions there and at its local councils. The request comes weeks after the Boy Scouts' New York City affiliate said it had hired a gay Eagle Scout to work in a scout camp this summer.
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Volunteer value hits $23.07 an hour
From The NonProfit Times
The value of a volunteer hour was up 52 cents to $23.07 last year, about 2.3 percent more than 2013, according to the latest estimate released by Independent Sector. The Washington, D.C.-based advocacy coalition for nonprofits updates the figure annually, including a state-level breakdown for the previous year. The values ranged from a low of $19.31 in Arkansas to a high of $39.86 per hour in the District of Columbia.
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7 essential tips for an effective fundraising strategy
From Entrepreneur
Peter Gasca, co-founder and CEO of Wild Creations, writes: "As someone who volunteers and sits on a number of boards for nonprofits, it is my goal to add value and make an impact by curating thoughtful discourse, making connections or volunteering for events. Inevitably, however, I am asked to do the one thing I dislike most. Fundraise."
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An unusual employee onboarding requirement — or is it?
From Nonprofit Quarterly
At most organizations, after all the interviews are over, the job offer is presented, and a job applicant becomes a new employee, a comprehensive onboarding process begins. This process often includes meeting leaders from a variety of departments, receiving instructions on all technical equipment, and visiting multiple sites if an organization has more than one location. For new special agents and intelligence analysts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), part of their onboarding process includes a visit to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), adjacent to the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
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Drawing a clear line on transparency in associations
By Robert C. Harris
A board member recently gave his meeting packet to a local chapter president. It included the parent organization's proposed budget, roster of dropped members and confidential contract proposals. When asked why, he replied, "We’re nonprofit, we have to share the information with members." It is true there are regulations for public governmental bodies that facilitate openness and transparency. Among private-sector associations, however, the requirements are different. Board members often confuse the transparency required of governmental bodies with that of associations.
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