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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.



Charities will feel loss of First-Time Donor’s Super Credit

March 23, 2017

Charities will feel loss of First-Time Donor’s Super Credit - Imagine Canada, the national umbrella organization representing the nation’s charities and nonprofits, is disappointed that today’s Federal Budget did not include a renewal of the First-Time Donor’s Super Credit.



2017 Canadian Federal Budget: How will it affect the Canadian charitable sector?

March 23, 2017

2017 Canadian Federal Budget: How will it affect the Canadian charitable sector? - Today, Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau introduced his second Federal Budget of the Liberal Government of Justin Trudeau. While the Federal Budget announced the support of a number of individual charities, as well as support for important areas requiring assistance like affordable housing and universities, there were limited initiatives in the Federal Budget in terms of the charity and nonprofit sector as a whole.



Stop raising awareness already

March 22, 2017

Stop raising awareness already - Too many organizations concentrate on raising awareness about an issue—such as the danger of eating disorders or loss of natural habitat—without knowing how to translate that awareness into action, by getting people to change their behavior or act on their beliefs.



Lift your finger off that send button

March 21, 2017

Lift your finger off that send button - In every research study I have conducted over the past twenty years, donors have said that, more than anything else, information about what past contributions have achieved is the thing that motivates their desire to give again and give more generously. So, since communication is the critical bridge to indefinite giving, why are so many donors blocking your emails?



I'm fed up with fundraising!

March 15, 2017

I'm fed up with fundraising! - I had an interesting conversation last week with a fundraiser that prompted me to write this post. I had contacted her to discuss a new job opportunity that I am currently recruiting for. I received a candid answer: “Phil, at this point I am not sure I want to stay in fundraising.” It was not the first time I have heard this.



Don’t let stress influence your job hunting decisions

March 15, 2017

Don’t let stress influence your job hunting decisions - Stress does funny things to our thoughts. We’re all familiar with the fight or flight response and its ability to bring out our inner hunter or sprinter. But when we’re considering different work options, stress seems to induce an enjoy or be practical response. We assume that we can pursue either something inherently rewarding, or something stable and practical, but never the twain shall meet.



How to answer 'What are you most proud of?' in a job interview

March 14, 2017

How to answer 'What are you most proud of?' in a job interview - If you're running short on time to prepare for an interview, one question you should definitely be ready to answer is what you're most proud of accomplishing. This is a tough one, because there are a lot of ways in which you can answer it.



Ten tips to host a successful run/walk event

March 14, 2017

Ten tips to host a successful run/walk event - The run/walk event is one of the most common events that nonprofits host. However, that doesn’t mean they’re easy to coordinate. If you nail your run/walk event, it can pay dividends long after your supporters cross the finish line.



Structuring successful virtual meetings: A counterintuitive approach

March 8, 2017

Structuring successful virtual meetings: A counterintuitive approach - Wouldn’t it be great if all we had to do to run a great virtual meeting is to use the exact same structures and techniques that we use for face-to-face (F2F) meetings? Great for the meeting leader, maybe, but not so great for the meeting participants who have to muster every ounce of energy to just pretend they’re engaged.



The hiring process: How to cater it to Gen Z’s expectations

March 8, 2017

The hiring process: How to cater it to Gen Z’s expectations - As generations get older and “Baby Boomers” retire out of the workforce, qualified replacements will be needed to fill the gap. Enter Generation Z. These workers were born from 1990 through 1999, and are about to tremendously increase their numbers in the job sector.



The Personal Philanthropy Project: Inspiring Canada’s affluent to give more

March 8, 2017

The Personal Philanthropy Project: Inspiring Canada’s affluent to give more - Canada. Our country. Our home. From far and wide, we are strong and we are free. We have often been envied as one of the best countries in the world in which to live, from our much-admired diversity, spectacular scenery, and the freedoms we enjoy. Oh, and of course there is the spirit of our people.



Fundraising mentoring: A lost art?

March 6, 2017

Fundraising mentoring: A lost art? - uring a recent speaking engagement with a mixed group of experienced, as well as brand new fundraisers, we were discussing the various methods of gaining proper fundraising knowledge. The options revolving around webinars, conferences, certifications, college-related courses and reading publications were all discussed fairly in-depth. However, a very key method was virtually ignored.



Onboarding with innovative intent: A tale of first day realities

March 1, 2017

Onboarding with innovative intent: A tale of first day realities - You never get a second chance to make a first impression and first impressions are often difficult to change — which should make innovative onboarding a workplace norm. However, the reality is more divisive.



Use it or lose it: The science behind self-confidence

March 1, 2017

Use it or lose it: The science behind self-confidence - Often people think of confidence as something that the lucky few are born with and the rest are left wishing for. Not true. Confidence is not a fixed attribute; it’s the outcome of the thoughts we think and the actions we take. No more; no less. It is not based on your actual ability to succeed at a task but your belief in your ability to succeed.



How to master your brain to overcome impostor syndrome

February 28, 2017

How to master your brain to overcome impostor syndrome - People with impostor syndrome see all the signs of their success - the large bank balance, the public praise, the demand for their work - yet feel like they just got lucky, getting there not through hard work, merit, and talent, but by chance. They live in constant fear that someone will realize that they don’t really deserve to hold the position they do.



Big changes considered for Ontario workplaces

February 27, 2017

Big changes considered for Ontario workplaces - Premier Kathleen Wynne's government is about to get advice that could lead to a significant shakeup of the laws governing work in Ontario. The Changing Workplaces Review is examining just about everything related to labour law in this province, including sick pay, overtime, how workers can join unions and employers' responsibilities to contract workers.



Here's why employees don't tell you their best ideas (and how to get them to start)

February 22, 2017

Here's why employees don't tell you their best ideas (and how to get them to start) - Is your workplace an idea factory, with employees coming up with new product ideas and other new innovations on a regular basis? Or does everything just run along at status quo, with few new inspirations seeing the light? Do you feel like no one but you ever shares any valuable ideas?



How to write a nonprofit About page: 7-step copywriting formula

February 22, 2017

How to write a nonprofit About page: 7-step copywriting formula - Do you know how to write a nonprofit About page? I like to work with copywriting formulas, but it’s hard to find one for this purpose. So, inspired by a combination of existing formulas for writing website copy, and introducing a few ideas of my own, I have created a nonprofit About (or About Us) page formula for my clients – and for you!



Disaster planning and recovery for nonprofits, charities, and libraries

February 22, 2017

Disaster planning and recovery for nonprofits, charities, and libraries - The Resilient Organization is a holistic guide to IT disaster planning and recovery. This e-book is intended for organizations that are preparing for a disaster, as well as those that need to rebuild and maintain operations after a disaster.



Six ways charity boards can make their workload manageable

February 22, 2017

Six ways charity boards can make their workload manageable - People on voluntary sector boards have heavy workloads – so what’s the best way to share the burden? Sub-committees may not seem exciting, but, used properly, delegating tasks will help your board to be brilliant. Here are my six top tips on how to get the most from your sub-committees.



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