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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. 

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Could ‘meaningful work’ cause staff burnout?

January 19, 2017

Could ‘meaningful work’ cause staff burnout? - Despite past research claiming that ‘meaningful work’ is motivating, a new study by the University of Sussex said it can cause staff to burnout instead.



Donor loyalty takes time and effort, but it’s essential

January 18, 2017

Donor loyalty takes time and effort, but it’s essential - Donor loyalty should be valued by non-profit organizations. There is always room for getting new donors, but what about the ones who have been donating all along or have donated in the past? You can’t just let them slip by, can you? It is reported that 60 percent of donors disappear after their first contribution, never to return for another.



Millennials manage differently, and that's a good thing

January 17, 2017

Millennials manage differently, and that's a good thing - I’ve shared before that I think it’s time to stop shaming millennials. One of the reasons: They’re no longer all young 20-somethings just starting their careers. More millennials are stepping into management and leadership roles every day.



Study: Nonprofit employee engagement is kind of a mess

January 16, 2017

Study: Nonprofit employee engagement is kind of a mess - Given its collective mission — changing the world — you might expect the nonprofit sector to be filled with starry-eyed, idealistic individuals whose passion for the cause is motivation enough to show up to work each day. But, as it turns out, changing the world is kind of a grind.



Seven things the smartest leaders do at the start of every year

January 11, 2017

Seven things the smartest leaders do at the start of every year - Looking ahead, organizations will have to rethink their existing leadership development efforts in order to minimize the risks brought on by unprepared leaders. As a founder, executive, or manager in charge of your most precious commodity - people - it's time to take inventory of your skills and key behaviors compared with what you'll find the smartest leaders doing in the next 90 days.



Twenty-five creative spring fundraising ideas

January 11, 2017

Twenty-five creative spring fundraising ideas - Outside of the year-end fundraising season, the month of April generates the highest donation volume, according to 2015 Classy data. To prepare yourself for a stellar spring, we’ve compiled creative fundraising ideas to help you make the most of this lucrative time of year.



Sponsorship lessons learned the hard way

January 11, 2017

Sponsorship lessons learned the hard way - A challenging circumstance, an embarrassing mistake, or a slip-up. Who among us hasn’t had one of those moments across their career? Big or small, mistakes teach us lessons that we remember for years. I asked a few brave sponsorship professionals to share their mistakes that taught them valuable lessons.



The awesome influence of women in HR

January 11, 2017

The awesome influence of women in HR - Whether they’re eliminating traditional performance reviews, improving employee engagement or putting more women in upper management, female HR leaders are making a difference. Meet some of the women influencing HR.



Three techniques to avoid getting overwhelmed in 2017

January 4, 2017

Three techniques to avoid getting overwhelmed in 2017 - For many of us, the holiday vacation time probably did not come fast enough. We all probably enjoyed a nice reprieve from deadlines, tasks, and deliverables. And, after taking a break, it is hard to get back into the swing of things.



Did charitable giving in Canada really hit a 10-year low?

January 3, 2017

Did charitable giving in Canada really hit a 10-year low? - I recently read a press release from a Canadian think tank that said “Charitable giving in Canada hits 10-year low”. They proposed “In total, Canadians claimed $9 billion in charitable donations in 2014. But had Canadians donated in 2014 at the same rate as in 2006, Canada's charities would have received an additional $3.6 billion, for a potential total of $12.6 billion."



How do I tell my boss I'm overworked without complaining?

January 3, 2017

How do I tell my boss I'm overworked without complaining? - Talking to your manager about an excessive workload without sounding lazy or like a complainer is possible if you know how and when to issue your concern. Let’s go over the basics first: You want to be deliberate in your approach, not impulsive.



Nine of the most annoying things about scheduling interviews

January 3, 2017

Nine of the most annoying things about scheduling interviews - Trying to find the perfect candidate for an open role within your organization is no easy feat. In fact, a recent study from Glassdoor found that the average interview process in the United States now drags on for 22.9 days. Compare this to the 12.6 days it took in 2010 and it’s clear the “time to fill” metric that’s so important to hiring managers is headed in the wrong direction.



Four reasons you hate networking and what to do instead

December 14, 2016

Four reasons you hate networking and what to do instead - If you’re a normal professional, you may just feel at least a smidge of apprehension or resentment when it comes time to drag yourself to (or get dragged to) a professional networking event. Sure, sure, the crab puffs might be killer, but there are so many things to not love about these shindigs that I’d be here for hours if I tried to highlight each one.



In 2017, let's finally stop shaming millennials and do this instead

December 13, 2016

In 2017, let's finally stop shaming millennials and do this instead - I recently had the thrill of presenting at TEDx St. Louis Women. (Watch my full TEDx talk below.) This event, held at the gorgeous Peabody Opera House, was one of several TEDx Women events across the country the same day all addressing the theme, “It’s About Time.” It took me all of five seconds to choose the title of my talk: “It’s About Time We Stopped Shaming Millennials.”



You've got the job offer, now what?

December 12, 2016

You’ve got the job offer, now what? - You’ve been thinking about it. You’ve been dreaming about it. Now it’s in your hand or at least in your inbox. That job offer you’ve been dreaming of is finally here. Now what?



Six out-of-office templates for the holidays that you can copy and paste now

December 12, 2016

Six out-of-office templates for the holidays that you can copy and paste now - You’ve been busy planning out your tasks, tying up loose ends, and working ahead to ensure you can actually disconnect, recharge, and relax over your holiday break.



Rekindle your love for your work

December 7, 2016

Rekindle your love for your work - If you have grown tired of energy sucking routines, then it might be time to reconnect to the reason you came to do this work in the first place. It is time for you to awaken your heart, remind yourself of why you do this work and reconnect to your passion.



How millennials are changing the face of philanthropy

December 7, 2016

How millennials are changing the face of philanthropy - This is what the future of philanthropy looks like. Instead of writing a check, one Saturday you’ll find yourself in rubber boots and gloves on the beach, armed to pick up Styrofoam cups with like-minded neighbors involved with Surfrider Foundation, a national group that counts on active local chapters across the country to pick up beach trash, test water quality and to fight for the health of coastlines and ocean waters.



How to select the perfect website platform for your nonprofit

December 7, 2016

How to select the perfect website platform for your nonprofit - Selecting a website platform or content management system (CMS) for your nonprofit is an extraordinarily difficult task. Making the wrong decision can have big consequences down the line, both for your organization and its finances. So it’s important to carefully consider your options.



Seven ways major gift officers (and anyone else) can avoid burnout

December 6, 2016

Seven ways major gift officers (and anyone else) can avoid burnout - I talk to many major gift officers, development professionals and nonprofit executives every week. Perhaps it’s the time of year, or the stage in their careers, but I’m hearing from a high percentage of them that they are burned out, stressed out and contemplating a move to do something else.



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