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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.



Six things your nonprofit needs to build a movement

April 26, 2017

Six things your nonprofit needs to build a movement - Every nonprofit organization has a mission, but only a few are able to truly build a movement around their cause. Movember, best known for championing the mustache in the name of men’s health, and charity: water, a peer-to-peer fundraising pioneer, are two shining examples of how a nonprofit’s mission can mobilize a global audience for social good.



Five phrases your boss is dying to hear you say

April 26, 2017

Five phrases your boss is dying to hear you say - Fact: At some point, every one of us has (or had) a boss. In so many ways, we look to them to have all the answers. At every rung in the ladder, we expect our bosses to actually lead us, guide us, and be our mentors. But managers don’t know everything, and more often than not, they need our help, too. Unfortunately, only the best leaders actually ask for it.



Four ways leaders can sustain volunteer engagement

April 25, 2017

Four ways leaders can sustain volunteer engagement - Volunteers arrive to serve, filled with passion and excitement...but what got them there at the outset, may not be what brings them back. That initial passion may evolve over time, or it may even wane. The good news is, it doesn’t have to. Leaders can make a difference.



How HR can end generational stereotyping

April 25, 2017

How HR can end generational stereotyping - These days, the Millennial Generation is hyped, perhaps even more than Baby Boomers were hyped in the 1950s and 60s. As I meet with executives around the globe, there is widespread confusion and misunderstanding about generational differences. This is creating stereotypes that are inappropriate, rarely true, and costing corporations millions of dollars tied to Millennial programs that don’t work, low employee engagement, mediocre performance and higher employee turnover.



Creating trans-affirming workplaces

April 19, 2017

Creating trans-affirming workplaces - After many decades of grassroots organizing, we’ve seen an unprecedented acknowledgement of the transgender community in the past few years. Our understandings of gender and expression are evolving and creating space for more ways of being. But even with this increased cultural awareness, it remains true that many trans people are faced with an impossible choice: We can either experience safety or we can experience visibility. Safety is often offered as the “reward” for rendering ourselves invisible (i.e. passing as cisgender).



Do probation periods really protect you?

April 19, 2017

Do probation periods really protect you? - Many employers use a probationary period with new employees to assess whether or not a new hire is a good fit for their organization. When an employer determines that the employee is not a good fit during the probationary period however, it is often thought that the employer can terminate the employee for any reason so long as it is not a reprisal under an employment related statute. A new case from British Columbia should change that way of thinking.



Why the next person you hire should be overqualified

April 18, 2017

Why the next person you hire should be overqualified - Hiring someone who is overqualified sounds like a recipe for disaster. What if they get bored and quit? Or what if they develop a bad attitude as a result of feeling above the duties of their job? Turns out you shouldn’t worry, according to new research published by the Academy of Management Journal. It found that hiring someone who is overqualified can be a win for both the employee and the employer.



Leadership Transitions: How to identify and cultivate effective nonprofit leaders for tomorrow

April 18, 2017

Leadership Transitions: How to identify and cultivate effective nonprofit leaders for tomorrow - Nonprofit organizations need leaders who can transition from one role to the next smoothly and adapt to coming changes. To prepare for future opportunities, nonprofits tap their staff and partners as sources with the best leadership capabilities.



What Canadian donors are thinking in 2017

April 11, 2017

What Canadian donors are thinking in 2017 - By the time the 2017 Burk Donor Survey closes this week, more than 8,000 active Canadian donors will have shared their views on philanthropy. In a rapidly changing world, donors are not standing still. They are narrowing their giving choices, they are more confident about what they want from charities they support, but they are also ready to give more.



Three quickie tips to rock your presentation

April 11, 2017

Three quickie tips to rock your presentation - There’s been a quiet revolution in conference presentations over the past ten years, and it’s all in the name of learning and knowledge translation. Gone are the days of banging out a deck of slides using a canned Power Point template or one covered with an organization’s logo and a list of six bullet points per slide.



Work/life balance: You can’t do it all

April 11, 2017

Work/life balance: You can’t do it all - On occasion we like to send out a survey to our blog readers to get a pulse of what you are working on or what is concerning you. In a recent survey we sent out, it was amazing how many responses we received that lamented on how you don’t have enough time to do all the work required of you and how stressed out that makes you.



New CharityVillage salary survey highlights

April 11, 2017

New CharityVillage salary survey highlights - Jen Ross (Director, Marketing) of CharityVillage was kind enough to answer a few of these questions for me about CharityVillage’s new 2017 salary survey. CharityVillage hasn’t done a salary survey since 2013, but this survey promises to be a useful one for Canadian fundraisers, ESPECIALLY when negotiating your current or future salary.



How to turn employee restlessness into a strategic advantage

April 5, 2017

How to turn employee restlessness into a strategic advantage - Millennial job hopping has understandably created a lot of hand-wringing in the HR world. According to LinkedIn data, Millennials now expect to change their job every 2.5 years — double the rate of their Gen X predecessors. These days, candidates don’t just switch jobs, they often switch entire industries. But what if this isn’t a cause for alarm?



How to design meetings your team will want to attend

April 5, 2017

How to design meetings your team will want to attend - There’s a lot of advice out there about how to make meetings more efficient and productive. And while it’s true that leading focused, deliberate conversations is critical to organizational performance, meetings aren’t just about delivering results. There’s another outcome that leaders should be paying more attention to: creating a quality experience for each participant.



Don’t let a transition slow your mission impact

April 5, 2017

Don’t let a transition slow your mission impact - Transitions are a part of life in a nonprofit. According the American Council on Education, the average college or university president serves 7 years. Also, the average tenure has been decreasing. The average tenure for a nonprofit CEO/executive director is even shorter, and some studies report that the average tenure in a development position is less than 3 years.



How to stop your nonprofit’s after hours email habit

April 4, 2017

How to stop your nonprofit’s after hours email habit - Collaborative overload is the burnout that results from our over reliance on e-mails, meetings and other online collaborative technology tools that have, ironically, limited our ability to get stuff done. Part of the reason is that technology has blurred the lines between work time and time off according to research. Another reason is connectivity.



Workers who are always “on” risk their health like never before: study

March 29, 2017

Workers who are always “on” risk their health like never before: study - When Maureen Hennis was 55, she had a heart attack. “I thought it was a stitch at first,” she says, more than a decade later. At the time, Hennis was CEO of the U.K. charity Pets as Therapy. She was working seven days a week, hadn’t taken a holiday in years and had no concept of work-life balance.



Four challenges you’ll face as the least-experienced member of the team

March 29, 2017

Four challenges you’ll face as the least-experienced member of the team - You just started a new job and you’re so excited. There’s just one catch: You’re clearly the least experienced person on the team. Maybe you’re the youngest, or maybe you’ve changed careers, or maybe you just made an internal transfer.



Self-coaching strategies for nonprofit leaders

March 29, 2017

Self-coaching strategies for nonprofit leaders - There is nothing like understanding that your decisions and actions will be consequential to reinforcing learning. Therefore, learning on the job, with a lot of feedback and reflection, can be a very rich source of leadership and management development.



Ten ways to be more flexible in your hiring process

March 27, 2017

Ten ways to be more flexible in your hiring process - Having a flexible hiring process is important if you’re hoping to attract the best talent. Remaining too rigid can be off-putting to job seekers. It may even keep would-be candidates from applying for your open position.



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