Thanks so much to Stephen Germino (the author) and massnonprofit.org for this terrific posting. Whether you are redesigning your website or just auditing it, the homepage of your nonprofit site has some different requirements than its for-profit counterparts and these tips will put you on the right ‘page!’ Read more
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to our friends and clients for reaching out to make sure that we’re OK, in light of the recent Boston situation. We appreciate your support more than you can know.
This is my city–a place that has nurtured me all my life. Wherever I am in the world, I always come ‘home’ to Boston. Although I’m overwhelmed and angry, I’m heartened by a recent visit to Ground Zero that life really does go on in spite of the horrific things that happen in this world. I know my Boston neighbors (hearty souls that we are) will rally round and that we’ll all survive. Having you all in our lives makes it that much easier.
According to George Lossius, CEO of Publishing Technology, these are the upcoming trends in academic publishing for 2013: http://publishingperspectives.com/2013/01/5-academic-publishing-trends-to-watch-in-2013/
Do you agree?
A dispersed team depends on people who can be productive without a boss roaming the hallways or a trusted co-worker sitting nearby. Team members should be motivated, disciplined, and flexible with their time, allowing them to connect with clients or co-workers in different time zones. People who like to quit at 5 p.m. aren’t the people who work well remotely. They also need to communicate clearly in writing (since e-mail and instant messaging are the new standard for daily communication) and should be willing to suggest ideas, ask for and offer help, make decisions, and collaborate.
Pitching is par for the course in today’s marketing world. We pitch stories and ideas to gain exposure and build authority, and we pitch reporters to help our businesses earn coveted media exposure. But there’s a right way and a wrong way to pitch your story. Read more
Nonprofits must get the most out of their people and developing leadership and management talent is a critical piece of the equation. “Good leaders motivate individuals to give their best, but great ones also figure out how to develop their people to their full capabilities—so they can and will give even more,” explained Bridgespan Group Partner Kirk Kramer, in a recent interview. However, offering development opportunities can be challenging for many nonprofit organizations. In fact, in a Bridgespan Group survey, nonprofits ranked their ability to provide development and growth opportunities to employees as their fourth greatest management weakness overall. Read more
Perhaps you’re an organization that is considering moving your work team off site. Or maybe you want to widen your employee pool by looking outside of your geographic area. You’ll likely have the challenge of managing a remote work force. While the basic concepts of human resources management still apply, keeping remote employees engaged and productive requires an additional set of skills. Read more
I recently gave a lecture at a seminar series sponsored by my alma mater. The topic was “A Guide for Potential Board Members: Due Diligence.” The room was overflowing with folks eager to learn more about the benefits of serving on a board and the benefits that they could bring to a given nonprofit. I typically poll the audience informally before I start my presentation, and was very surprised to learn that most of the them had given very little thought as to what the nonprofit should bring to them. Read more
In overwhelming numbers, patients express interest in exploring the notes that their primary doctors write about them after an office visit, but doctors worry about the impact of such transparency on their patients and on their own workflow, according to a study just published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Read more
because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless! While we’d all like to acknowledge our volunteers financially, most nonprofits don’t have the resources to do so. Here are some low-cost tips to recognize and respect your volunteers’ time and effort. Read more