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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.



Disaster planning and recovery for nonprofits, charities, and libraries

February 22, 2017

Disaster planning and recovery for nonprofits, charities, and libraries - The Resilient Organization is a holistic guide to IT disaster planning and recovery. This e-book is intended for organizations that are preparing for a disaster, as well as those that need to rebuild and maintain operations after a disaster.



Six ways charity boards can make their workload manageable

February 22, 2017

Six ways charity boards can make their workload manageable - People on voluntary sector boards have heavy workloads – so what’s the best way to share the burden? Sub-committees may not seem exciting, but, used properly, delegating tasks will help your board to be brilliant. Here are my six top tips on how to get the most from your sub-committees.



Nine important questions successful people ask themselves (because they work)

February 16, 2017

Nine important questions successful people ask themselves (because they work) - The quality of our questions determines the quality of our lives. A few years ago, before I started my company, I was in a dreary situation that I didn’t know how to get out of. I wasn’t passionate about the work that I was doing, I wasn’t surrounding myself with the right people, and I felt like a hamster running in circles.



Medical documentation and disability-related accommodation requests

February 16, 2017

Medical documentation and disability-related accommodation requests - There has been significant confusion about the type and scope of medical information that needs to be provided in support of a request for accommodation.



Want to be more productive? Sit next to someone who is

February 16, 2017

Want to be more productive? Sit next to someone who is - To increase worker performance, employers often invest in a number of things, from rewards and incentives to education and training. These traditional approaches develop employees’ skills and enrich their work experience. But we discovered a surprisingly simple way to increase productivity, one that was low-cost and had immediate impact: better office seating arrangements.



Top 6 cover letter tips

February 16, 2017

Top 6 cover letter tips - Writing a cover letter is something many job seekers struggle with. Unlike the resume, a cover letter is written in a more conversational tone. It should describe some of your qualifications, skills and experience briefly. You should also state why you’d make a good fit for the position and your desire to work for the company.



Are your appreciation efforts missing the mark?

February 7, 2017

Are your appreciation efforts missing the mark? - Think money is what will keep your employees happy? Think again. While most people work to pay the bills, money isn’t the primary reason people stay or leave. People stay because they feel like their contribution is valued, noticed, and appreciated.



How to write a bio for your nonprofit’s About section

February 7, 2017

How to write a bio for your nonprofit’s About section - Do you need to write a bio – or several bios – for your nonprofit organization? Do you know how to write a bio? Many nonprofits feature short bios of important team members in the About section of their websites.



How to answer 'Why have you changed jobs so often?'

February 7, 2017

How to answer 'Why have you changed jobs so often?' - If you have a typical new-millennium career history that includes several jobs lasting anywhere from nine months to three years, expect to get the question "Why have you changed jobs so often?"



I may have been fired due to my illness. What can I do?

February 6, 2017

I may have been fired due to my illness. What can I do? - I was diagnosed with lupus. Since my diagnosis, I’ve had an uphill battle with my employer, especially while trying to return to work. My employer then terminated me saying that I abandoned my job because I was absent, without communicating with them, although this is untrue. What can I do?



Twelve insights from the crystal ball: Get your fundraising ready for the future

February 1, 2017

Twelve insights from the crystal ball: Get your fundraising ready for the future - Who’d have predicted the events of 2016? We’d all love a crystal ball to see what the next few years hold for us all. In relation to fundraising, here’s the next best thing.



Board oversight of not-for-profit program evaluation: Questions for directors to ask

January 31, 2017

Board oversight of not-for-profit program evaluation: Questions for directors to ask - Directors of not-for-profit organizations play a key role in ensuring that their organization’s program evaluation process is done well and generates useful, credible information that informs decision-making.



Ten nonprofit resolutions for 2017

January 31, 2017

Ten nonprofit resolutions for 2017 - While many people look forward to the ?opportunity to start the new year with a clean slate, nonprofit professionals should make sure that they take sufficient time to reflect on what worked — and what did not — over the past year. To that end, I ?present my top 10 nonprofit resolutions for 2017.



How to smoothly transition a new hire like a boss

January 31, 2017

How to smoothly transition a new hire like a boss - When you’re in the business of providing people, materials, and the environment second chances, there’s no time to waste when it comes to onboarding a new hire. That’s why Dana Moulden, director of operations, HR, and workforce development at Second Chance, Inc., sets expectations from the start.



An exercise Stanford professors developed to map out how your life will unfold removes the agony from major decisions

January 25, 2017

An exercise Stanford professors developed to map out how your life will unfold removes the agony from major decisions - One big thing that makes life decisions so stressful — for me, at least — is the assumption that there's a right choice and a wrong choice. One job offer will lead to happiness and success; the other will lead to misery and doom; and it's anyone's guess as to which is which.



Seven ways top nonprofit leaders avoid burnout

January 25, 2017

Seven ways top nonprofit leaders avoid burnout - This is a guest post from Beth Kanter and Aliza Sherman, coauthors of The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit, described by Arianna Huffington as an “essential guide for nonprofits.”



Social media capital for nonprofits: How to accumulate it, convert it, and spend it

January 25, 2017

Social media capital for nonprofits: How to accumulate it, convert it, and spend it - Like it or not, social media has become an indispensable part of our lives. Fifteen years ago, many nonprofits were still hesitant to launch an organizational website on the Internet; today, we rarely come across a nonprofit that does not have a Facebook page or Twitter account.



Beat generosity burnout

January 25, 2017

Beat generosity burnout - Selflessness at work leads to exhaustion — and often hurts the very people you want to help. Here’s how to share your time and expertise more effectively.



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.



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