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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 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.



Donor abandonment: What it is and how to avoid it

November 30, 2016

Donor abandonment: What it is and how to avoid it - Getting donors to your donation page is difficult, but your donor acquisition doesn’t stop once a supporter reaches the donation page. In fact, it’s unfortunate, but many nonprofits don’t realize that most of their supporters landing on the donation page aren’t finishing the process.



Ten nonprofit Twitter accounts doing it right

November 30, 2016

Ten nonprofit Twitter accounts doing it right - Twitter remains a keystone of any social media strategy. Used well, it can help your organization understand how potential members are finding content that interests them and attract the right kind of followers to your account.



How to deal with uninformed nonprofit-watchdogs around the holidays

November 28, 2016

How to deal with uninformed nonprofit-watchdogs around the holidays - Around this time of the year, we nonprofits work to bring in year-end donations, incurring paper cuts and envelope-tongues in the process (seriously, the glue stick is your friend). Around this time also is when people start pushing “guides” about which nonprofits to give to, warning of shady nonprofits that spend too much on “overhead” and leave nothing for the people they are supposed to be serving.



Making arts experiences accessible to all is more important than ever

November 28, 2016

Making arts experiences accessible to all is more important than ever - The National Ballet of Canada is programming Cinderella and Pinocchio; the Royal Ontario Museum is celebrating its 10th season of running a Friday-night dance party and the Vancouver Opera has decided to reinvent itself as a festival next spring.



Ways to use the holiday season to your advantage

November 23, 2016

Ways to use the holiday season to your advantage - You can always develop your career if you really want to and, believe it or not, holidays are perfect for it. During the holiday season, it is easier to get in touch with people because you have a perfectly valid reason for it. Below you can find tips for making the most of this holiday season.



Four important steps for communicating change

November 23, 2016

Four important steps for communicating change - Good communication is paramount to an organization’s success, and at no point is this more apparent than when an organization is going through change. Some of what is mentioned here is similar to what you’ll need to keep in mind when creating an internal communications plan, but there are a few things that make communicating change different from other topics or issues.



Eight ways your interview totally put that candidate off

November 21, 2016

Eight ways your interview totally put that candidate off - Where job interviews are concerned, I guess candidates are sort of supposed to feel like the inferior ones who have to win over their superiors aka the interviewers. To some extent that power play is totally fine, given candidates are vying against a number of competitors to bag the role and really have to prove themselves.



Why you might want to quit, even if you don't hate your job

November 21, 2016

Why you might want to quit, even if you don't hate your job - Sometimes you know when you're ready to call it quits. You might have a toxic boss, a job you don't like or snarky coworkers. But it isn't always so clear-cut. If your job itself isn't really the problem, there still may be reasons why you'd want to explore other opportunities.



Canadian charities ‘need to adapt’ to stay relevant

November 16, 2016

Canadian charities ‘need to adapt’ to stay relevant - It’s more than just a “rebrand.” One of the largest charities in this country, Heart & Stroke is dropping the “Foundation of Canada” from their name, launching a new website, transforming their logo and also revamping their research, donation and core focus strategies — all in the name of healthy living and an effort to become more “personal” to Canadians.



Canadians are too busy to volunteer...

November 15, 2016

Canadians are too busy to volunteer... - The headline some will take away from the study is that 66% of Canadians cite lack of time as a reason for not volunteering. But this statistic misses the bigger picture. Looking at the numbers another way, there’s a different story: The proportion of Canadians who volunteer has held steady at 44%. So, accounting for population growth, Canada has 1,000,000 more volunteers today than in 2004.



Beyond the humblebrag: How to own your success without feeling braggy

November 15, 2016

Beyond the humblebrag: How to own your success without feeling braggy - “I have no place to put my new award! I’m running out of wall space in my office!” We’ve all rolled our eyes at similar “humblebrags,” whether they’re comments made in meetings or posted on social media.



Interviewing Candidates? You Need To Watch Out For These Things

November 15, 2016

Interviewing Candidates? You Need To Watch Out For These Things - When you structure an interview carefully and conscientiously, you’re setting yourself up to make a smart hiring decision. This directly correlates to reduced turnover, boosted employee morale, and increased productivity.



Stay or leave? Pros and cons of changing jobs

November 9, 2016

Stay or leave? Pros and cons of changing jobs - Sometimes, you’re in that ideal place, one where it feels like everything has come together full circle. You’re sailing along in your dream development director job. You love your work, your coworkers, your commute. The benefits far outweigh the shortcomings. What’s more, you’re getting great results.



Seven productivity tips that will transform your fundraising

November 8, 2016

Seven productivity tips that will transform your fundraising - As a self-proclaimed “productivity geek, I’m often asked by clients or presentation attendees for “the one productivity hack that they can implement to transform their fundraising.” Well, it’s hard to pick just one, but here are seven that each would have a huge impact.



Is my data safe? Managing your nonprofit on the cloud

November 8, 2016

Is my data safe? Managing your nonprofit on the cloud - You’ve probably noticed the influx of SaaS (Software as a Service) cloud technology for nonprofits - programs like Raiser’s Edge, DonorPerfect, Salesforce, and even Keela. These programs often use a cloud-based system to centrally store your data, allowing teams to access information wherever they are, as long as they have access to the internet



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