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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.



Accessibility 101: How to make your nonprofit’s digital content more accessible

September 27, 2017

Accessibility 101: How to make your nonprofit’s digital content more accessible - Nonprofit communicators connect people in need with valuable information and support every day through a range of digital communications channels. Many organizations support people with disability, older people, people with English as a second language and people with low literacy to access practical help and programs every day.



Planning and the role of the nonprofit board: To what extent should a nonprofit board be involved in planning?

September 27, 2017

Planning and the role of the nonprofit board: To what extent should a nonprofit board be involved in planning? - A nonprofit board’s fiduciary duty of care — aka risk prevention, management and compliance specific to program, finance and governance — can be effectively achieved by a nonprofit board through three activities: planning, policy-making and evaluation.



Ask a lawyer: Am I accommodating disabilities correctly?

September 27, 2017

Ask a lawyer: Am I accommodating disabilities correctly? - Accommodating disabilities of any kind is a major challenge confronting HR professionals - and for more than 150 delegates at this week’s Employment Law Masterclass, it was a key issue to learn more about.



The fine art of balancing family and work

September 27, 2017

The fine art of balancing family and work - I wasn’t planning to become the first woman to serve as dean of science at McMaster University. The job was open and the opportunity was certainly inviting, but I hadn’t seen myself in the role. I was busy raising a family and was nicely – though sometimes barely – managing to balance my home life with my research, teaching and academic service at McMaster, where my husband is also a busy science researcher and educator.



Running effective virtual nonprofit meetings: 9 best practices for facilitating engagement

September 20, 2017

Running effective virtual nonprofit meetings: 9 best practices for facilitating engagement - In many of the workshops I’ve been facilitating based on the Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout, many nonprofits are recognizing that offering some workplace flexibility to employees is not only an attractive benefit, but also can increases productivity and help with burnout prevention.



The Goldilocks approach to nonprofit board size: What is “just right”?

September 20, 2017

The Goldilocks approach to nonprofit board size: What is “just right”? - Among many interesting findings in BoardSource’s “Leading with Intent: 2017 National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices” report is a simple one on board size. Average board size has steadily declined over the past 20 years, as the chart below shows. It’s not clear whether this is due to a distinct set of beliefs, but BoardSource has some thoughts on the trend.



Poor quality, short sleep 'prevalent' among adults, StatsCan says

September 20, 2017

Poor quality, short sleep 'prevalent' among adults, StatsCan says - More than half of adults in Canada say their shuteye is fitful at times, according to a Statistics Canada report released Wednesday. The federal agency's Health Reports on duration and quality of sleep focuses on people 18 to 79 years old during a six-year period.



Supporting employees through the tough stuff

September 20, 2017

Supporting employees through the tough stuff - The thought of team members experiencing personal tragedy, loss or difficult life changes isn’t something most of us like to dwell on. Whether it’s the loss of a family member or co-worker, or the death of a well-loved pet, though we don’t like to think about it, the reality is that tragedies happen.



Three myths about nonprofit professionals

September 12, 2017

Three myths about nonprofit professionals - The fundamental difference between working for a social impact organization and working at a for-profit business can lead to a lot of misconceptions and misunderstandings around the nonprofit sector.



Five best practices for converting volunteers to donors

September 12, 2017

Five best practices for converting volunteers to donors - It is not a secret that nonprofits need volunteers and donors to achieve their goals and carry out their mission. The question is, is your organization focusing on the volunteer base that you already have? Many nonprofits do not know that the line between their volunteers and donors is very thin.



Jobseekers demanding to work from home

September 12, 2017

Jobseekers demanding to work from home - Despite a growing trend of firms bringing their remote workers back into corporate offices, most employees still look to flexible work arrangements as the workplace standard.



How to deal with difficult people in your meetings

September 11, 2017

How to deal with difficult people in your meetings - One of the biggest causes of unproductive meetings is conflict between team members — and often it’s only one or two difficult people causing all the problems. In my almost 30 years of working with nonprofits, I’ve realized most difficult people can be grouped into six categories.



Seven brilliant things emotionally intelligent people do when their buttons are pushed

September 6, 2017

Seven brilliant things emotionally intelligent people do when their buttons are pushed - One thing I know for sure is that there will always be drama in the workplace, it's inevitable. If human beings and communication are involved, words and attitudes will be misinterpreted, egos will clash, buttons will be pushed, and people will arrive at different conclusions, often the wrong conclusions.



Twelve demographic & technology trends changing the nonprofit sector worldwide

September 6, 2017

Twelve demographic & technology trends changing the nonprofit sector worldwide - Rapid population growth and migration are dramatically changing societies and ecosystems worldwide and as this future unfolds nonprofits, NGOs, and charities will play a central role in safeguarding the world’s most vulnerable communities, the land upon which they live, and the wildlife that surrounds them.



The checklist you need to run through right after your interview

September 5, 2017

The checklist you need to run through right after your interview - I get excited every time I find out that a friend just left an interview feeling good about their chances of landing the gig. Because of my recruiting background, one of the first questions I get asked is, “What do I do next?” And the more I’ve been asked about it, the more I realize how important this question is.



How to deal with your family who has no idea what nonprofit is or what the heck you do

September 5, 2017

How to deal with your family who has no idea what nonprofit is or what the heck you do - This is something we joke a lot about in the sector: Our parents and siblings who ask us when we’ll get “real jobs.” I’ve faced it. I’m still facing it. In fact, no one in my family has any idea what I do. And they don’t ask about it.



HR best practice: Recruitment and selection

August 30, 2017

HR best practice: Recruitment and selection - Did you know that many managers have never received any formal training in recruitment? In most organizations, it’s usually the HR professionals who have obtained the official training. Since not every organization has the benefit of formalized HR support, what can employers do to ensure that they are hiring the right person?



A process of true co-creation: Developing Nova Scotia’s framework for advancing social enterprise

August 30, 2017

A process of true co-creation: Developing Nova Scotia’s framework for advancing social enterprise - The Department of Employment and Social Development Canada has recently launched its Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy Steering Group. This is an exciting time for the sector, as the group gears up for a year of consultation and planning for what will eventually be a national strategy.



Engage volunteers to lead: 5 effective practices

August 29, 2017

Engage volunteers to lead: 5 effective practices - Podcast host, Maria Turnbull, engaged thousands of volunteers in her 20-year not-for-profit journey, while also serving as a volunteer herself. For this month’s podcast, Elijah van der Giessen, NetSquared Community Organizer, and TechSoup Global Community Manager joins Maria to talk about and share effective practices that support true volunteer leadership.



Where do I go now?: Reflecting on my early-career executive director transition

August 29, 2017

Where do I go now?: Reflecting on my early-career executive director transition - I always knew that I wanted to be a leader. I wanted to build great programs and impact lives. I was driven by my passion for innovation, desire for system changes, comfort with challenging the status quo, and love of creativity. So during the recent economic boom in Alberta many young people, like me, saw an opportunity and seized it.



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