Hot off the Web

We're always on the lookout for great ideas, information and inspiration to share with you. Updated constantly by our editorial coordinator, Marina Dawson, Hot off the Web features links to great content, stories, blog posts and articles that we've come across online. 

Have you come across a great blog post or relevant article that you think we should share? Send us a note at editor@charityvillage.com.


Four sins of grant management for small and mid-sized nonprofits

October 15, 2019

Four sins of grant management for small and mid-sized nonprofits - Imagine you are the CEO of an average small or mid-sized nonprofit. You are great at your job, you believe in your mission, and you care about your lean but mighty team of staff and volunteers. Your modest annual grant portfolio has been growing slowly but steadily. There are not enough grant opportunities to hire a full-time grant writer, so you ask your Director of Development to manage the process.

It's time to ask what the federal parties will do to strengthen charities

October 12, 2019

It's time to ask what the federal parties will do to strengthen charities - Canadians will elect a new House of Commons on October 21. We’ve already seen the political parties and their leaders staking out positions on an array of fundamental issues. Whether it’s climate change, taxes, employment, foreign policy, immigration or health care, we have a pretty good idea where each party stands.

How to best answer ‘Why did you leave your previous job?’

October 10, 2019

How to best answer ‘Why did you leave your previous job?’ - One question that’s guaranteed to be asked in a job interview is some iteration of ‘why did you leave your last job?’. What the hiring manager really wants to know is if you’re looking for a new job for a legitimate and well thought out reason, or if you’re just bored and looking for greener pastures.

Beyond fundraising: What I’ve learned as a survivor of sexual harassment

October 8, 2019

Beyond fundraising: What I’ve learned as a survivor of sexual harassment - In January 2019, I wrote an op-ed for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) on my personal experience of sexual harassment as a nonprofit employee. I was inspired by my experience at the 2018 AFP Toronto Congress, where members spoke out about the need for protecting fundraisers against harassment.

Why do great leaders leave?

October 8, 2019

Why do great leaders leave? - Every leader will eventually leave their role. It’s a fact. This is not necessarily a bad thing for the leader or the organization. Unfortunately, the discussion of leadership transition is often taboo in the non-profit sector. The fear of this critical conversation, on the part of both leaders and boards of directors, creates a culture of silence.

50 free nonprofit webinars for October 2019

October 2, 2019

50 free nonprofit webinars for October 2019 - Every month, I compile the internet's biggest list of free nonprofit webinars. What better way to start October than curling up to attend free, educational nonprofit webinars?

Research: When losing out on a big opportunity helps your career

October 2, 2019

Research: When losing out on a big opportunity helps your career - Imagine yourself in a close race, maybe pitching your startup to a highly sought-after investor, or going after a coveted job opening. Now imagine you could choose one of two possible outcomes: a narrow win — you just beat the closest competitor — or a near miss, where you were this close but didn’t make the cut. Would you rather be the narrow win or the near miss?

Funders making change: Engaging in public policy

October 2, 2019

Funders making change: Engaging in public policy - This guide is a resource for funders considering public policy work. In this guide you will find 1) a useful checklist on what you can and can’t do 2) strategies for public policy engagement and 3) case studies from Canadian foundations. The guide also explains the regulatory framework for charities engaging in public policy activities.

How many is too many? What to do when you’re faced with multiple offers

September 25, 2019

How many is too many? What to do when you’re faced with multiple offers - Looking for a job is tough! The average job seeker can spend a lot of time writing applications for multiple jobs at different companies. For new grads especially: the less professional experience you have, the more applications you send. It can become quite difficult to keep track of all the places you’ve applied to.

The best way to talk about your strengths and weaknesses in a job interview

September 25, 2019

The best way to talk about your strengths and weaknesses in a job interview - There’s a whole lot of talking about yourself that goes on in an interview. One of the most stressful parts might be when a recruiter or prospective boss asks you to tell them about your strengths and weaknesses.

From starvation to celebration: 5 ways your charity can help change the overhead conversation

September 25, 2019

From starvation to celebration: 5 ways your charity can help change the overhead conversation - A 2013 Muttart Foundation survey revealed that nearly three-quarters of Canadians believe that charities spend too much on salaries and administration. It’s concerning to think one third of Canadians believe no money should be spent on administration given the evidence that spending too little on infrastructure can actually be counter-productive to achieving mission (let alone spending none). At Imagine Canada, we believe that achieving real impact requires real investment.

How to conduct job interviews with candidates who have autism

September 25, 2019

How to conduct job interviews with candidates who have autism - The unemployment and underemployment of capable workers with autism is a well-documented phenomenon, as a British study showed. Employers are gradually getting better at recognizing the value of including neurodiverse people in their organizations, and information about accommodation strategies is starting to become more readily available.

Why longer responses to “So, tell me about yourself” are better

September 17, 2019

Why longer responses to “So, tell me about yourself” are better - When it comes to first-round job interviews, you’ll probably answer some version of the question, “So, tell me about yourself.” Experienced hiring managers love asking this question. After all, it allows them to assess your communication skills, hear your narrative about the highlights of your career, and lay the foundation for follow-up questions.

How nonprofit leaders can tackle these three tasks

September 17, 2019

How nonprofit leaders can tackle these three tasks - For nonprofits, the process of building a strong organizational foundation that serves the greater good can quickly prove to be an immensely tough undertaking. More often than not, the biggest problems stem from poor leadership. These problems can relate to internal operations, culture, or growth plans.

Filling 'prescriptions' for fruit and veggies blowing food bank's budget

September 17, 2019

Filling 'prescriptions' for fruit and veggies blowing food bank's budget - An Ottawa food bank that accepts "prescriptions" for fresh produce is struggling to keep up as more and more people come from across the city looking for fruit and vegetables. About five years ago, the Parkdale Food Centre in Hintonburg began accepting clients from outside its catchment area, provided they have a written note for nutritious food from their doctor or social worker.

Eight steps for managing through tough times

September 16, 2019

Eight steps for managing through tough times - At some point, all nonprofits face their own version of "tough times." This update to our 2008 article on "Managing Through Tough Times" provides eight steps that can help nonprofits weather economic uncertainty. In truth, these practices can help any organization stay in shape any time.

Burnout: What is the cost to helping professionals?

September 11, 2019

Burnout: What is the cost to helping professionals? - Burnout is one of the biggest health risks helping professionals face due to their work environment – in fact, burnout is now recognized by the World Health Organization as being an “occupational phenomenon.”

A new era for charities' advocacy & engagement

September 11, 2019

A new era for charities' advocacy & engagement - This is an exciting moment in our democracy. October 2019 marks the first federal election since changes to the Income Tax Act removed the restrictions that charities have long faced in advocating for public policies that support their causes.

The myth of “yes”

September 11, 2019

The myth of “yes” - We’re back to the busy season! Are you back to juggling giant loads? Feeling overwhelmed? Managing busy work (and life) loads calls on many skills and notably, the skill of saying ‘no’. Do you have trouble saying no? Are you addicted to the yes habit?

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