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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.



Seven ways you can keep everyone's spirits up during tough times at the office

August 15, 2017

Seven ways you can keep everyone's spirits up during tough times at the office - In times of stress, nurturing team culture can feel like work you don’t have time for. But I’d argue that during times of uncertainty, being intentional about it is vital—because your team culture can determine how you and your crew weather the storm. Last summer, we learned this lesson the hard way.



Seven ways to avoid fundraising burnout

August 14, 2017

Seven ways to avoid fundraising burnout - With fundraising, especially in the nonprofit sector, there’s always more work than there is time. From courting potential donors to hours of grant writing, there are very few times a fundraiser’s job feels done. The amount of responsibilities mixed with our desire to help others and do a great job is a recipe for burnout. It is possible to avoid burnout by following some of these tips.



The nonprofit board’s role in human resource management

August 14, 2017

The nonprofit board’s role in human resource management - When determining the role of the nonprofit board of directors in matters relating to human resources, it is critical to recognize and respect the difference between governance and management. This seemingly innocuous difference is often sticky for nonprofit organizations both large and small.



The ultimate guide to nonprofit strategic planning board retreats

August 14, 2017

The ultimate guide to nonprofit strategic planning board retreats - Okay, I know what you’re thinking! “Our board is sick of retreats, they just want to get the plan done.” “We cannot afford the time or money to do a retreat.” “We don’t need a facilitator; we can do a retreat ourselves.”



Four times cultural fit trumps experience in your talent pool

August 9, 2017

Four times cultural fit trumps experience in your talent pool - We’re all looking for them — the perfect candidates to grow our talent pool. They have the skills, experiences, and a personality that immediately blends in with your team. Unfortunately, looking for one ultimate candidate could be decreasing your talent pool — and costing you quality hires.



Ten unmistakable signs you've stayed at your job too long

August 9, 2017

Ten unmistakable signs you've stayed at your job too long - I sympathize with anyone who wakes up one morning with a raging headache and realizes that they've stayed too long at the wrong job. I have stuck around in terrible situations for way too long myself.



Conflict Resolution: 5 strategies for workplaces

August 9, 2017

Conflict Resolution: 5 strategies for workplaces - Every workplace experiences conflict. Whether it’s a tiff over whose turn it is to unload the dishwasher or deep disagreement over an impending merger, in today’s unpredictable business world, conflict is the one constant. Conflict in general isn’t necessarily a bad thing – it can be productive, opening the door to important discussions, innovative ideas, inspired solutions, and improved ways of operating.



How to improve the volunteer experience

August 8, 2017

How to improve the volunteer experience - It’s no secret that volunteers are one of the most important components to the success of your nonprofit and its ability to achieve goals. If volunteers engage in a positive experience with your nonprofit organization, they can fill multiple opportunities of need and take part in your fundraising campaigns.



Canadian workers among the most engaged

August 3, 2017

Canadian workers among the most engaged - Canada’s workers are more engaged than many of their global counterparts – and the reasons why might surprise you. AON’s just-released 2017 Trends in Global Employee Engagement report puts Canada in top-ranked countries for worker engagement, with a score of 70 percent in 2016 – up one point from a year earlier – across a range of workplace drivers, from management to work-life balance.



How to be a great board member

August 3, 2017

How to be a great board member - You never know whom you are going to sit next to at a bar mitzvah. I had the great fortune of sitting with an older woman who, for decades, has seen board service as a part of her life’s mission.



Why the new mega-givers are big believers in general support

August 3, 2017

Why the new mega-givers are big believers in general support - The scarcity of general operating support grants is a perennial gripe among nonprofit leaders, and for good reason. How the heck are they supposed to build strong organizations when much of the funding they receive is restricted—and can't be used for such things as administration, development and communications?



Community impact and culture - two sides of the same coin?

August 3, 2017

Community impact and culture - two sides of the same coin? - Imagine a community service organization with no explicit policy manual on customer communications. Yet somehow, whenever the phone rings or someone walks in the front door, whichever staff member is in the office stops what they’re doing to provide immediate assistance, regardless of that person’s role in the organization.



Five interview tips for introverts to make a great impression

July 26, 2017

Five interview tips for introverts to make a great impression - If you're an introvert, and you think of the stereotypical job interview -- especially a how-to video that shows someone "crushing" a job interview -- it's easy to feel that being introverted and shy is a weakness, not a strength. It's easy to feel that it is impossible to make a great first impression.



Pride, passion and priorities: the secret to a successful career in fundraising

July 26, 2017

Pride, passion and priorities: the secret to a successful career in fundraising - When looking for a fundraising job, the charity’s cause is priority, says fundraiser Niki Barton, head of supporter retention and development at Oxfam GB.



Four steps nonprofit leaders can take to tackle workplace negativity

July 26, 2017

Four steps nonprofit leaders can take to tackle workplace negativity - Call it gossip, scuttlebutt, tittle-tattle or rumor—workplace negativity is an insidious morale buster that can distract even the most dedicated employees. And nonprofits aren’t immune to it. People are people, even when working for the greater good. 



Ultimate guide to nonprofit Instagram

July 25, 2017

Ultimate guide to nonprofit Instagram - Over the past several years, Instagram has transformed from a selfie and foodie prevalent social network to a storytelling platform nonprofits can maximize. According to our latest Nonprofit Social Media Benchmark Survey results, 44% of the over 500 nonprofits surveyed said that they’re active on Instagram. 37% of respondents said that if they could spent more time on one social media account, they would choose Instagram.



How (and why) to nurture multiple thought leaders within your nonprofit organization

July 19, 2017

How (and why) to nurture multiple thought leaders within your nonprofit organization - Thought leaders can generate real benefits for your nonprofit organization. By sharing vital knowledge with your target audience, thought leaders can forge meaningful, thriving connections that will radiate across your networks. This fuels a kind of social sector star power that can be harnessed to bolster your organization’s visibility, funding, and growth.



Should your workers be learning on the clock?

July 19, 2017

Should your workers be learning on the clock? - If you expect your employees to stay up to date on the latest industry trends, regulations and best practice, but won’t give them time to learn at work, your company might be shooting itself in the foot.



Six things you can do on your commute to feel better about work

July 18, 2017

Six things you can do on your commute to feel better about work - If you rely on public transportation to get you to work and then back home again, you may be feeling so very over it. From New York City to Washington, DC, it’s been a trying time for commuters. Which is not to say that driving in gridlock is a pleasant experience.



Managing Millennials Q&A: What benefits do Millennials really want?

July 18, 2017

Managing Millennials Q&A: What benefits do Millennials really want? - Here’s a question I often hear from corporate leaders: “What benefits do millennials really want?” In the past, most of us were quite satisfied with standard benefits like health insurance, a 401(k) plan and the occasional casual Friday.



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