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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.



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.



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.



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