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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.



Overwhelmed by email? 19 tips to claim back your inbox

August 8, 2016

Overwhelmed by email? 19 tips to claim back your inbox - Ever feel like email is taking over your life or dictating your working day? Here is how to get your inbox back under control! Email is the probably the most important business communication tool, and unavoidable in working life today.



Four secrets for defusing workplace drama

August 3, 2016

Four secrets for defusing workplace drama - Every workplace has some degree of office politics to navigate. Even small, super-cohesive teams have minor drama come up every now and then. And it can have pretty negative effects — letting workplace drama fester creates a toxic environment, raises levels of stress and anxiety, increases burnout and turnover, and lowers productivity.



Seven questions to jumpstart your fall fundraising campaign

August 3, 2016

Seven questions to jumpstart your fall fundraising campaign - Fall is around the corner. Have you considered launching a fall fundraising campaign? Seasonal campaigns are a great way to make up for funding shortfalls, build support, and most important, advance your mission.



Infographic: Trends in workplace giving

August 3, 2016

Infographic: Trends in workplace giving - It’s human nature to want your work to mean something. That’s why many employees seek to join organizations that reflect their personal values and ideals. One way employees identify an organization’s values is through its benefit programs. Apart from the standard perks like additional PTO and fitness programs, more and more people look to their employers for opportunities to give back to society.



I (bravely) ate lunch away from my desk for a week and here's what I learned

August 3, 2016

I (bravely) ate lunch away from my desk for a week and here's what I learned - I’m no mathematician. But, when it comes to productivity, there’s an equation that I think is pretty straightforward and simple. It goes a little something like this: More time spent working equals more to-dos taken care of.



Perfect Icebreakers: 8 smart phrases that will make you better at networking

July 26, 2016

Perfect Icebreakers: 8 smart phrases that will make you better at networking - Networking events are a great opportunity to make valuable contacts, professionally and personally. But many people stress over the pressure of trying to connect quickly and impressively with complete strangers. Some even stay away because they can't get comfortable with the idea.



How to be the person who just shows up and gets work done every single day

July 26, 2016

How to be the person who just shows up and gets work done every single day - A lot of clients come to me asking for advice on how to get more motivated. And this is hardly surprising. No matter what you’re trying to get done, it certainly gets easier when you have that nice feeling of motivation fueling your efforts.



How to land a job when you have zero connections

July 26, 2016

How to land a job when you have zero connections - "It's not what you know. It's who you know." You've probably heard this more times than you can count. But if you have no connections, it doesn't mean you're doomed. There are still things you can do to help your resume be seen.



In the Downtown Eastside, a brotherhood of support

July 25, 2016

In the Downtown Eastside, a brotherhood of support - Every other Thursday, Elvis Harry Wilson steps into a windowless bunker of a room that shuts out the traffic noise and open drug dealing in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Mr. Wilson is short and nimble at 56, with shaggy grey hair and dark eyes that crinkle when he smiles. He never learned to read, but knows his numbers well enough to join the bingo game that’s about to start. The smell of popcorn fills the air as 50 men crowd around the folding tables for a shot at the prize – a $10 Starbucks gift card. But that’s not the only reason they are here.



Mentoring alternatives: A new approach to professional advice

July 19, 2016

Mentoring alternatives: A new approach to professional advice - I’ve always been a huge fan of mentors. My own mentors have helped me shape my career. They’ve smoothed my path and taught me countless valuable lessons, large (how to structure my business) and small (the best shoes to wear as a professional speaker). But as I reflect on the mentors who’ve made a difference, I realized that some of the most important people in my career didn’t even know they were my mentors — they were people I admired and learned from without ever having met.



Canadian Museum for Human Rights among sombre sites welcoming Pokemon Go players

July 19, 2016

Canadian Museum for Human Rights among sombre sites welcoming Pokemon Go players - The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is a place of reverence and inspiration, a sombre examination of past atrocities, and a touching tribute to humanity's capacity to persevere. It's also a place to catch those cute, candy-coloured pocket monsters from Pokemon Go, boasts Maureen Fitzhenry, a spokeswoman for the Winnipeg museum that's welcoming eager Pokemon hunters to visit and explore — as long as they remain respectful of sometimes sensitive surroundings.



Is it OK for nonprofit leaders to make big salaries?

July 18, 2016

Is it OK for nonprofit leaders to make big salaries? - Is it inappropriate for nonprofit leaders to be well paid? And how can nonprofits – especially smaller ones that don’t have big budgets — navigate this dilemma?



Requesting a flexible work arrangement

July 18, 2016

Requesting a flexible work arrangement - The Georgetown University Law Center defines a "flexible work arrangement" (FWA) as "any one of a spectrum of work structures that alters the time and/or place that work gets done on a regular basis." This can include: 1) flexibility in the scheduling of hours worked and/or arrangements regarding shift and break schedules; 2) flexibility in the number of hours worked; and 3) flexibility in the place of work.



Yes, your nonprofit can capitalize on Pokémon GO

July 12, 2016

Yes, your nonprofit can capitalize on Pokémon GO - If you’ve noticed an increase in people walking around with their heads buried in their cell phones, you can blame Pokémon GO, a new game that has taken most of the world by storm. And your nonprofit can benefit from it!



Four signs someone is about to quit (and what to do to get them to stay)

July 12, 2016

Four signs someone is about to quit (and what to do to get them to stay) - It can be disappointing when an employee gives notice — especially when he or she is an asset to your company. But chances are someone in your company is planning to leave sometime soon. One third of US workers hope to change jobs in the next six months, according to a study by the HR research firm WorkplaceTrends.com. That’s a lot of job ads to write.



Generative Governance: Making sense of problems through critical inquiry

July 11, 2016

Generative Governance: Making sense of problems through critical inquiry - Board meetings tend to remind me of sitcoms: a genre of comedy centered on characters who share a common environment, such as a home, workplace, or a boardroom, with laughable moments. There is usually a board member who lacks self-awareness (i.e. Kramer from Seinfeld), someone who has a very high level of self-orientation (i.e. Barney from How I Met Your Mother) or an individual who seems clueless most of the meeting but can surprise you with a flash of insight in the right moment (i.e. Phoebe from Friends or Woody from Cheers.)



The recipe for productivity

July 11, 2016

The recipe for productivity - Do you work in an office or at home? Then Tuesday 9-11am is your best time to be productive and Friday 3-5pm is when you’re procrastinating. Having to-do lists and flexitime helps you the most and a loud atmosphere and a lack of sleep will do the most harm to your productivity according to the recent study of 2000 UK employees who work from home or in an office.



How to make a great employee a brand ambassador

July 5, 2016

How to make a great employee a brand ambassador - While social media may have started as a place best reserved for pictures of your lunch or your pets, it’s since become a highly useful way for professionals and businesses to communicate. Social media platforms like Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook can also have a major influence on how clients and potential employees view a particular brand.



Basing pay on salary history is a harmful, borderline-unethical practice that we need to abolish

July 5, 2016

Basing pay on salary history is a harmful, borderline-unethical practice that we need to abolish - After thinking about it these past few months, I’m going further to make the argument that asking for salary history is not just annoying, but actually borders on UNETHICAL and all of us need to put a stop to it immediately. Here are some reasons why all of need to agree to drop this harmful practice.



199 free or cheap online tools for nonprofits

July 4, 2016

199 free or cheap online tools for nonprofits - Nearly any manual task your organization is doing right now can be automated with a free or low-cost online tool. Here are 199 online tools for nonprofits, along with expert advice, to help you decide which are best fitted to your organization. Think of this as your nonprofit online tool encyclopedia.



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