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.


Can employees sue HR over bad references?

December 11, 2019

Can employees sue HR over bad references? - Defamation in the workplace isn’t limited to gossiping around the watercooler. Sometimes, an employer who provides false statements about a former employee during a background check may end up getting sued for defamation.

How to effectively cultivate board roles and responsibilities

December 10, 2019

How to effectively cultivate board roles and responsibilities - You just elected a handful of new board members. What’s next? Giving them a big white binder? Conducting an orientation? That’s all fine and good, but do those things really help volunteers understand their roles and responsibilities as board members?

GivingTuesday stats and revenue from 2019

December 10, 2019

GivingTuesday stats and revenue from 2019 - How was GivingTuesday? That was a question I was asked last week and I wasn’t quite sure how to respond so I decided to do a little digging. I first looked at the 25 organizations we used for the 2019 edition of Cutting Through the Clutter and here’s what I found

What does flexibility mean in the workplace? The answer might surprise you

December 10, 2019

What does flexibility mean in the workplace? The answer might surprise you - “Young People Are Going To Save Us All From Office Life,” cheered the headline of a recent New York Times article that caught my eye. As the article explored, flexibility is often cited as the highest priority for newer professionals as they evaluate jobs. But I would argue that, in our current five-generation environment, workplace improvements should appeal to employees of all generations.

The 20 best (and free) ways to boost your career by 2020

December 4, 2019

The 20 best (and free) ways to boost your career by 2020 - We have about 20 working days before we close out the year, which gives you plenty of time to squeeze in some professional development—without spending a dime. Here are the 20 best (and free) ways to improve your career before the new decade begins.

As a student, volunteering was key to my career development

December 4, 2019

As a student, volunteering was key to my career development - As a recent grad, I reflect on my post-secondary and employment journey often. The truth is, I didn’t always know I would be working in the non-profit sector. That’s because I had no idea what it was, and the important role it plays in civil society.

How to overcome your (checks email) distraction habit

December 4, 2019

How to overcome your (checks email) distraction habit - How often do you have a day that leaves you feeling not only exhausted but also like you didn’t actually accomplish anything? If your answer is “always” or “very often,” you are not alone.

Why charities need a home in government

December 4, 2019

Why charities need a home in government - When farmers need a policy solution to a problem they’re facing, they can approach Agriculture Canada. Artists looking for support for a new project turn their attention to Heritage Canada. Small businesses can rest assured that Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada has their back. But where can charities and nonprofits turn to?

The best cover letter examples for every type of job seeker

November 29, 2019

The best cover letter examples for every type of job seeker - We love having examples. It’s so much easier to follow a recipe, build a puzzle, or yes, even write a cover letter when you know what the end product should look like. So that’s what we’re going to give you—all the cover letter examples and tips you need to make yours shine (we’re unfortunately not experts in recipes or puzzles).

It’s time funders take nonprofit leadership turnover seriously

November 25, 2019

It’s time funders take nonprofit leadership turnover seriously - Last week, I got an email from a colleague, a woman of color ED, asking me to call her back. There was no context. I knew what this meant. It meant she was leaving her position and wanted to give me a courtesy notice before the announcement came out. I was right. “I’m tired,” she said; I could hear the weariness in her voice. We were silent for a moment. I didn’t know what to say that didn’t seem trite or patronizing. “I’m sorry,” I said.

The intersection of profit, purpose and talent: Imagine Canada study

November 25, 2019

The intersection of profit, purpose and talent: Imagine Canada study - The 2019 Corporate Community Investment Report by Imagine Canada – Profit, Purpose, and Talent: Trends and Motivations in Corporate Giving & Volunteering, was released on November 12th, 2019. It brings to light that high levels of community engagement lead to long-term business advantages.

Four signs that it’s time to quit your job

November 19, 2019

Four signs that it’s time to quit your job - It’s weighed heavily on your mind for weeks, months even. Your friends and family have heard all about it, along with every excuse you’ve used to justify why you haven’t gone through with it yet. You want to quit your job.

Catalyst for Change: What the Senate recommendations could mean for Canadian charities

November 19, 2019

Catalyst for Change: What the Senate recommendations could mean for Canadian charities - The Catalyst for Change report marks an important step towards strengthening organizations that serve Canada’s communities. But the work doesn’t stop there. It’s now time to join forces around the importance of the report, and work to advance these recommendations toward concrete policy change. So what are Imagine Canada and its partners doing to maintain momentum?

Fundraising facilitates change

November 19, 2019

Fundraising facilitates change - If you’re like most people, you probably have some mixed reactions. You might get anxious, nervous, irritated or even annoyed at the thought of being asked to give money. But at the same time, like most people, you probably think that charities need money in order to support worthwhile causes and help people in the community.

3 ways to spotlight your monthly giving program on #GivingTuesday

November 13, 2019

3 ways to spotlight your monthly giving program on #GivingTuesday - A monthly giving program is the most effective and effortless way to retain #GivingTuesday donor support beyond the 24-hour social media buzz. On average, nonprofits who launch a monthly giving program boost their donor retention rate by up to 90%, so it’s important to spotlight your monthly giving program on social media, emails, and your donation form itself for Giving Tuesday.

Fifty nonprofit blogs you need to follow right now

November 13, 2019

50 nonprofit blogs you need to follow right now - Working at a nonprofit means wearing many hats — and there’s a lot of content out there to support it all. However, it can sometimes be hard to figure out where to look for different topics.

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