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.


When everything is going great at work

February 20, 2019

When everything is going great at work - While we know a lot of you are completely overwhelmed or stressed by your job, we also know a lot of you are out there kicking butt! Your campaigns get attention. Your advocates make change happen. Emails are being opened and checks are being mailed. You are on top of the world!

The truth about choosing a nonprofit career path + 8 experts’ advice

February 20, 2019

The truth about choosing a nonprofit career path + 8 experts’ advice - You might be looking to enter the nonprofit world from one of many different starting points. Maybe you’re fresh out of college and eager to change the world. Maybe you’re mid-career and and hoping for a change. Maybe you’re a parent looking for a workplace that offers a great work/life balance, or a near-retirees hoping to spend your last working years doing something meaningful. Whatever your life path, you might have noticed there’s a lot of conflicting advice out there about working for a nonprofit or charity.

Creating solutions and building success with Helen Harakas, Executive Director of Brands For Canada

February 20, 2019

Creating solutions and building success with Helen Harakas, Executive Director of Brands For Canada - Although her path may not be a traditional one, it has provided the skills and knowledge needed to grow one of Canada’s top charities, Brands For Canada (BFC). With her focus on people and understanding of business, Helen shares her story towards creating purpose, becoming part of the solution and building success!

Reflections on the Cannexus conference: then and now

February 20, 2019

Reflections on the Cannexus conference: then and now - After seven years away, it was good to come home to Cannexus, Canada's National Career Development Conference, and spend a few days learning and sharing with my fellow career professionals. Since the last time I was able to attend was 2012, I was also curious to see how things had changed and evolved over the years. With that in mind, here are my thoughts on Cannexus then and now.

Seven ways to address your cover letter that aren't "To Whom It May Concern"

February 13, 2019

Seven ways to address your cover letter that aren't "To Whom It May Concern" - To Whom It May Concern: I am applying for this job I found at this company that I spent so little time researching I can’t quite remember what role is open and I’m not positive I know the name of the company or what it does. Also, I decided to address it to “whom” because you must have a whom or two over there, right? If that sounds absurd, now you have a taste first-hand of what it’s like for a recruiter or hiring manager to see the words “To Whom It May Concern” at the top of your cover letter.

Twenty-five creative spring fundraising ideas

February 13, 2019

Twenty-five creative spring fundraising ideas - Outside of the time leading up to and including the year-end fundraising season, the months of April and May generate the highest donation volume, according to 2017 Classy data. To prepare yourself for a stellar spring, we’ve compiled 25 spring fundraising ideas to help you make the most of this lucrative time of year.

Cut! How to edit your self story-telling so it’s more positive

February 12, 2019

Cut! How to edit your self story-telling so it’s more positive - If you could watch a movie of all your self-talk over the past seven days, what would be the main themes? What kind of character are you portrayed as? Confident, happy, grateful or insecure and unhappy? If someone else could watch your self-story over the past week, would it show someone who is positive or negative?

Workplace wellness programs help employees thrive

February 12, 2019

Workplace wellness programs help employees thrive - Workplace wellness has become a hot topic for corporations and employers in Canada. And for good reason. The statistics are staggering: The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) has reported that 30% of short- and long-term disability claims and 70% of disability costs resulted from mental illness.

Eight ways to make the job search more fun

February 6, 2019

Eight ways to make the job search more fun - Searching for a job is stressful. You put yourself out there to be judged by strangers, you deal with the sting of rejection, and unless you’re working, you’ll find your funds rapidly diminishing. It’s a rough time, and as a result, many people become depressed and begin living unhealthily.

To delegate effectively, follow these six steps

February 6, 2019

To delegate effectively, follow these six steps - To be a successful leader, you need to be a great delegator. After all, you can’t do everything yourself when you have large-scale company goals to meet. But to do it properly, you need to have the right mind-set—otherwise, it can backfire very quickly and jeopardize the success of your team. In my experience, there are two common obstacles that leaders need to overcome.

Screening learning lab, a new learning offering, may uncover leading volunteer screening practices for the sector

February 6, 2019

Screening learning lab, a new learning offering, may uncover leading volunteer screening practices for the sector - There is a misconception that volunteer screening is only about screening people out as a form of risk mitigation. And to a certain extent, volunteer screening is meant to accomplish this; but, screening is also about screening people in, finding the right fit for any type of volunteer role. However, volunteer screening – and screening people in, is not without its challenges.

Point/Counterpoint: Limited life foundations ensure greater social impact

February 4, 2019

Point/Counterpoint: Limited life foundations ensure greater social impact - Founders and directors will help their foundations have greater impact if they commit their entire endowments during a limited period of time, spending down their resources rather than managing them in perpetuity.

Why software is the future of volunteer management

January 30, 2019

Why software is the future of volunteer management - Technology has grown significantly in the nonprofit sector?—?yet many organizations are slow to adapt to these opportunities. Nonprofits should look at technology as a positive change that makes work easier and more efficient. This is especially true when it comes to the world of volunteer management.

Why standing up for yourself at work is worth it

January 30, 2019

Why standing up for yourself at work is worth it - It’s late in the day and your manager has just asked you to handle one more assignment – and it needs to be done by morning. It means you won’t be getting off work on time, and likely will still have some work to do at home later in the evening. Such end-of-day requests that are due the next morning have become a new trend over the past few weeks.

Thirty-five free nonprofit webinars for February 2019

January 30, 2019

Thirty-five free nonprofit webinars for February 2019 - Keep your 2019 momentum strong by watching a few of the free nonprofit webinars happening in February — and start growing your membership even more than before through storytelling with this webinar from Vanessa Chase Lockshin on January 29th.

With 4 generations in the workplace, employers expected to juggle vastly different expectations

January 24, 2019

With 4 generations in the workplace, employers expected to juggle vastly different expectations - For the first time in contemporary history, there are four generations in the workforce — baby boomers, Generation X, millennials and the first of generation Z — human resources experts say. With employees ranging in age from their late teens to their 70s, businesses must tailor management styles to the multi-generational workforce.

Do Canadian charities and foundations have too much money sitting on the sidelines?

January 22, 2019

Do Canadian charities and foundations have too much money sitting on the sidelines? - I recently asked the folks at Statistics Canada for help with a question: “What is the sum total of all assets owned by charities and foundations in Canada, and how has this trended over time?” They obliged, providing me with the answer from all 85,000 charities and foundations, as reported in the T3010s filed with the Canada Revenue Agency.

Thirty brilliant networking conversation starters

January 21, 2019

Thirty brilliant networking conversation starters - When it comes to conversation, you’re a natural. You can chat up a storm with just about anyone, you’re a pro at listening, and you love meeting and connecting with new people. But when it comes to starting that networking conversation? That’s a different story.

Fundraisers, do your successor – and future self – a favor: Write your job manual!

January 21, 2019

Fundraisers, do your successor – and future self – a favor: Write your job manual! - Have you ever started a new job and all your predecessor left was a box full of paper and electronic files in such a mess you didn’t know where to find anything? You were likely hired with the expectation that you would “hit the ground running.” But what if you had no idea what the passwords for grant applications were, how to use the agency’s CRM, or where the to-do list for that upcoming fundraiser was kept?

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