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Taking your nonprofit to the next level: An interview with Molly Ola Pinney
Editor's Note: This interview originally appeared on the Wild Woman Fundraising website and is excerpted with permission.
Mazarine Treyz: Today I am chatting with one of our speakers at the Next Level Fundraising Conference, taking place April 4th-5th 2016, Molly Ola Pinney, who is the founder and the CEO of the Global Autism Project. Molly, thank you so much for being here.
Molly Ola Pinney: Thank you. I'm really excited to be here.
MT: I'm excited also, because you're going to be talking about the secrets of going from $30K to $500K in your nonprofit budget. So before we get started, who are you and what do you do?
MO: Sure. My name is Molly Ola Pinney. I am the founder and CEO of the Global Autism Project. I founded the Global Autism Project 12 years ago to provide training to teachers to provide services for people with autism in our own community. I think a really important piece of what we do is we do provide sustainable training that actually builds capacity in these parts of the world.
Managing change and transition in your work life
Whether it comes about by conscious choice, or is forced upon us by the proverbial pink slip, a career change or job loss catapults us into external changes that can leave us feeling disoriented and dis-identified, while struggling to dismantle the work life and identity we once knew. These are the words used by William Bridges in his landmark book Transitions – Making Sense of Life's Changes, where he emphasizes the importance of recognizing the stages of inner transition that occur when we are faced with external changes.
The process of inner transition is marked by three distinct stages: an ending, neutral zone and new beginning. It may seem odd to suggest that the process of transition begins with an ending, yet Bridges states that before we can move forward when change comes upon us, first we have to let go.
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FREE WEBINAR: Top 20 Compliance Issues for Canadian Charities
Could you, your executive director or your board benefit from clarification about Canada Revenue Agency regulations for charitable organizations? If so, you won't want to miss our next free webinar, where Mark Blumberg will present the Top 20 Compliance Issues for Canadian Charities.
Mark will provide plain language information and resources about the compliance obligations of Canadian registered charities. He'll also cover the top Canada Revenue Agency concerns for Canadian registered charities and participants will receive a compliance checklist with links to resources that provide further information.
Free webinar information:
Topic: Top 20 Compliance Issues for Canadian Charities
Date: Thursday, January 28 at 1pm Eastern Time / 10am Pacific Time
Cost: Free - Register now. Space is limited so register early to avoid disappointment.
Skill Level: Introductory. Great for board members, senior leadership and executive directors or CEOs. Content will be presented in an easy-to-understand format and participants will receive an accompanying checklist with additional resources.
NOTE: This webinar will be recorded - if you cannot make the live session, complete the registration form and a recording will be emailed to you after the webinar.
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In today's not-for-profit environment, financial executives are regarded as mission-critical. Gain practical organizational and leadership development insights, and network with colleagues, peers and leading industry experts. The Forum offers a blend of sessions that address the tough challenges facing today's not-for-profit executive.
Our Newsbytes section rounds up the best of the past week's Canadian nonprofit sector news and announcements.
• Survey finds mentors are recommended but few workers have them
• Apply now for funding from Canada Summer Jobs
• Canadian Women's Foundation accepting proposals for Annual Violence Prevention Grants
• Law Foundation of Ontario grant bolsters free legal help to resettle Syrian refugees
• Congratulations to the nonprofits included on this year's list of Top Employers for Young People
• American Alliance of Museums accepting submissions for 27th annual Muse Awards
• UK survey finds volunteering a popular New Year's resolution
Seven social impact trends to help shape your 2016 strategy
Knowing what's on the horizon for 2016 can help your organization create the most effective fundraising and impact strategies. Tuning into new developments in the social impact sector will help you attract and delight donors while moving your cause forward.
Yes, cover letters still matter and yes, there's a way to make yours stand out
Every now and again, I go to the mats with someone who insists that cover letters are pointless; that no one ever reads the things — that the entire concept is "dead."
Succession planning made easy
Succession planning is a topic that is off-limits in some organizations. It raises the spectre of difficult conversations and walking on eggshells. In other organizations the topic verboten. Such thinking is needless and, I would suggest is actually irresponsible. Given what's at stake in a leadership change, it is quite literally mission critical for boards and CEOs to have open and regular conversations about executive transition planning.
The future of fundraising: Three keys to engaging millennials
Globe & Mail
The millennial generation is different no doubt about it. They're always connected and in constant feedback loops with friends, family and the community at large. However, this connectedness is achieved through technology, which is why charities find it so difficult to reach millennials using traditional channels and donation options.
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