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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.



Is your employee ready to be a manager?

October 18, 2016

Is your employee ready to be a manager? - You have an ambitious team member who’s asking to be promoted to manager. He’s great at his job, but is he really ready to lead? How do you judge his skills and experience? What’s the best way to measure his potential?



Four talking points every introvert needs to memorize before an interview

October 18, 2016

Four talking points every introvert needs to memorize before an interview - Job interviews are the worst. If you’re anything like me, you change jobs every few years, and each time, you’ve had to go through a lot of awkward interviews before you landed something solid. And those interviews are stressful and uncomfortable, to say the least, because they put you in the hot seat. You — the introvert — who avoids the spotlight whenever you can.



How to ‘find’ more time in your day

October 18, 2016

How to ‘find’ more time in your day - Do you struggle to manage your time? It’s common for people who struggle with time to ponder how they could manage it better. In some cases, time management training can be effective. In others, it doesn’t work because it’s not time management that’s the issue as much as distraction management.



Ten reasons nonprofit careers are the best!

October 17, 2016

Ten reasons nonprofit careers are the best! - Working in the nonprofit sector can be very tough. There are so many people, goals, strategies, projects, clients and boards to manage that it can feel like you’re being pulled in a million directions. It can be exhausting, frustrating and maddening. Sometimes we wonder why we don’t throw in the towel and get a ‘real’ job! But we won’t, will we?



Ten dumb rules that make your best people want to quit

September 28, 2016

Ten dumb rules that make your best people want to quit - It's hard enough to attract and hold on to good employees - but to attract and hold on to the best employees is even harder. Occasionally they leave because of an opportunity they can't pass up, but most of the time the cause lies with the company they're leaving.



How to build an event invitation list that delivers: 5 steps

September 28, 2016

How to build an event invitation list that delivers: 5 steps - For many nonprofits, September, not January, marks the start of the New Year. This is certainly true of event programming! No matter what kind of event you are planning, getting the right people in the room – and online – is critical.



Charities were there first: The new world of social enterprise

September 26, 2016

Charities were there first: The new world of social enterprise - Have you heard about social enterprises? Social enterprises apply business solutions to social problems. They're incredibly hot right now. So hot, in fact, that I've just come back from the Social Capital Markets (SOCAP) conference in San Francisco where there were over 2000 attendees.



The cover letter formula that skyrocketed my interviews from 0% to 55%

September 26, 2016

The cover letter formula that skyrocketed my interviews from 0% to 55% - When I first moved to New York, I was a cover letter machine. I wrote to every sir or madam with a job opening. I expressed my interest in positions for which I had none. I waxed rhapsodic about companies I’d never heard of. My response rate? A whopping zero percent.



Inside the mind of a youth volunteer

September 21, 2016

Inside the mind of a youth volunteer - Whether they are the front-line and driving force of your organization, or they play an integral role in putting smiles on your seniors’ faces, engaging high school volunteers can be a challenge. But it doesn’t have to be!



Tips for communicating impact with data visualization

September 21, 2016

Tips for communicating impact with data visualization - With the avalanche of information in everyone’s social media feed and email inbox, visuals make a huge difference in getting a nonprofit’s message across. You’re competing with so many different types of content: longform articles, cat videos, Trump memes, etc.



Why we hold on to bad employees, and why we need to fire people faster

September 19, 2016

Why we hold on to bad employees, and why we need to fire people faster - This post, however, as you can tell by the title, deals with challenging staff situations; specifically, why we hold on to people who are ineffective or even harmful to our organizations, what that does to our team and mission, and what we need to do about it.



After a lifetime of constant volunteering, I’m burnt out

September 19, 2016

After a lifetime of constant volunteering, I’m burnt out - I will likely get caught up in whatever purpose this particular meeting is for, and before you can say “Who seconds this motion?” I will have raised my hand and offered my time, energy and goodwill to yet another cause. I am a serial volunteer. And it’s wearing me down.



Nonprofit press release template (free download)

September 15, 2016

Nonprofit press release template (free download) - A key factor in whether or not you get attention from the media is the quality of your press release. Use this template to ensure that you quickly and clearly communicate your nonprofit’s exciting news to journalists and other members of the media.



Uncovering the mystery: The art and science of shared leadership

September 15, 2016

Uncovering the mystery: The art and science of shared leadership - Shared leadership between nonprofit board members and the chief executive is a commonly invisible issue or at least widely misunderstood. Who leads the charge when it comes to strategic planning? Fundraising? Operations?



Mind the gap! Bridging funder and grantee approaches to measurement

September 15, 2016

Mind the gap! Bridging funder and grantee approaches to measurement - Over the past thirty years, the total value of philanthropic assets in the United States has more than doubled, while the poverty rate has remained unchanged and income inequality has grown.



How to create communications objectives from nonprofit strategic goals

September 15, 2016

How to create communications objectives from nonprofit strategic goals - Every morning we decide what we’re going to do that day. At work, we have more or less a billion projects on the go and our to do list never gets shorter. The only way nonprofits, and staff, don’t implode from the workload is by setting and staying focused on priorities.



Anti-poverty group launches challenge of political-activity limits

September 7, 2016

Anti-poverty group launches challenge of political-activity limits - A small Ottawa charity that's been under tax audit for almost five years has launched a constitutional challenge of a section of the Income Tax Act that restricts the political activities of charities. Canada Without Poverty filed notice in a Toronto court late last month, arguing the Act violates Section 2 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which guarantees freedom of expression and freedom of association.



How to pull yourself through a rough job search when you feel like giving up

September 6, 2016

How to pull yourself through a rough job search when you feel like giving up - Job searching is hard. It’s hard for most people — for me, for you, for your friend’s friend’s cousin. I can’t tell you that your experience is better or worse than anyone else’s, and I can’t tell you you’ll immediately end up exactly where you want to be. But I can tell you you’re not alone.



All of the job seeker information you forget to share

September 6, 2016

All of the job seeker information you forget to share - If you’re a professional who’s tasked with finding top talent to fill an open position, there are plenty of materials available to you on how to interview job seekers in a way that’s both thorough and efficient.



The surprising secret to better employee engagement

September 6, 2016

The surprising secret to better employee engagement - Did you know only 32.6% of workers are engaged with their company and the work they’re doing? Most HR professionals agree that employee engagement is the key to a happy workplace, better retention, and a whole slew of other performance metrics. What’s not so clear is what, exactly, is the key to employee engagement.



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