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Nonprofit Connect
Monday, April 27, 2015
When I have spoken about this topic with nonprofits it seems to get their attention more than other topics like lost donations from using a PC form for a mobile donor. The topic of which I speak is one I’ve blogged about here and it’s the Google search rank change that goes into effect on April 21 2015. As a refresher, if your primary web domain does not have a “mobile-friendly” version per Google’s mobile search bot software program your domain will get demoted in search rank. Read more
Nonprofit Connect
Monday, March 2, 2015
Nonprofit organizations (501(c)3s) experience a unique set of financial problems that stem from both how the sector operates outside the traditional rules of supply and demand and the way our culture views philanthropy. Often, nonprofits enter the market when for-profit and governmental sectors can’t, won’t or shouldn’t, generally due to a gap or failure in the market economy. Their customers are often unable to pay for the services that they provide, and demand for services often goes UP as ability to pay goes down. Read more
Nonprofit Connect
Thursday, February 19, 2015
It was my great honor in January to begin a term as President of the Board of Directors of Nonprofit Connect. My career in human services includes 33 years as an executive director, many of those years served at United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Kansas City. I left that post in 2013 to form an executive coaching and consulting firm to support the many missions we find in Kansas City. After relying on Nonprofit Connect for many years in my professional life, I was elected to the board in 2011 and have watched, and hopefully helped with, the amazing growth we have experienced in four years. Read more
Nonprofit Connect
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Nonprofit Connect recently hosted Sharon Latimer, Amy Altholz and Katherine Girgis from RubinBrown LLP for a program on Hot Topics in Nonprofit Finance in 2015. All from the Not-for-Profit Services Group, they explored industry trends and shared insight into the financial landscape for the next year. The full presentation is available to Nonprofit Connect members on ResourceLink. Nonprofit Connect’s Office Manager, Amanda Rehani, sat in and summarized the financial topics that your organization should be aware of in 2015. New rules for financial reporting, the economic update and financial trends affect all nonprofits, and super circular only affects nonprofits who receive federal grants. Read more
Nonprofit Connect
Thursday, January 29, 2015
I recently led a personal branding program for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Kansas City and shared five steps on the road to establishing your best professional image. Your personal brand equates to value, and validates the skills you bring to the table. Whether you’re looking for a new position in 2015, or working to establish yourself in an existing role, you need a personal brand! Read more
Nonprofit Connect
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Nonprofit Connect recently hosted Jay Love, CEO/Co-founder of Bloomerang and Jay Wilkinson, Founder/CEO of Firespring, in Kansas City for a sold out professional development training. This program was a part of the Fundraising Fundamentals series, offered in partnership with Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Mid-America Chapter. 6 Steps to Never Losing Another Donor covered tips for an engaging website, strategies for fundraising metrics, donor database best practices and keys for driving donor retention. Bloomerang and Firespring provided a wealth of knowledge, and the full presentation is available to Nonprofit Connect members on ResourceLink. Here we compiled five of the program’s easiest online fundraising tips that your organization can begin working on right now. As Jay Wilkinson stated, the best strategy for better fundraising is to start today! Read more
Nonprofit Connect
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Guest Post by Marty Stanley, Dynamic Dialog, Inc. 1) Have clear job descriptions. It sounds obvious, yet unclear accountabilities and experience requirements can result in a poor candidate selection pool. In addition, a well written position description saves the recruiter or hiring manager time by screening out unqualified candidates. 2) Highlight the best features of your organizational culture in your job posting. This will help attract the people who want to be in that kind of environment. Not everybody wants an onsite gym or to bring their dog to work. There are people who are looking for a solid, stable workplace or one that prides itself on service. 3) Post the job opening in places that your best-fit employees will be looking. Which online job boards are the best? Internal referral bonus programs can often be a good solution. 4) Ask relevant job related questions when you interview people. Ask for examples of how they performed XYZ, based on the accountabilities of the job description. 5) If you have core values or know the traits of the people who do best in your work environment, ask appropriate, (aka legal) , questions about how they demonstrated those core values or traits on the job. For example, how do they manage multiple priorities? Or provide an example of excellent customer service in a sticky situation. Read more
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Nonprofit Connect
Thursday, January 1, 2015
It’s a great time to live and work in Kansas City. Our community is thriving in so many ways (go Royals!), and Nonprofit Connect has caught the fever as we take our organization to the next level to better serve our members and the greater nonprofit sector. As I reflect on 2014, I’m proud to report our accomplishments as an organization. Early in the year we unveiled a new and improved website with user-friendly applications and easier program registration. With the new website came a refreshed JobLink, and the numbers to show that the nonprofit workforce is growing! Job postings have increased by 65% over the last year with nearly 2,300 nonprofit jobs posted in 2014. Nonprofit Connect launched ResourceLink, the shared library of articles, sector research, best practices and sample documents available on our website. And we expanded our educational programming to directly engage executive directors and advanced professionals with initiatives like the 501(c) Success National Speaker Series, as well as re-engaged the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Kansas City. Read more
Nonprofit Connect
Monday, November 3, 2014
With the explosion of data and analytics in use in nonprofit environments, it’s no surprise that more effective methods of identifying and segmenting donors and prospects are emerging. With the use of analytics, and the appropriate sourcing of relevant and accurate data, nonprofits can know more than ever before about their donors and other constituents, and can more accurately target passionate supporters for acquisition. Read more
Nonprofit Connect
Monday, September 29, 2014
In September, Nonprofit Connect hosted Volunteer Management Institute, a three-day volunteer management intensive featuring volunteers management experts from local organizations like KC Pet Project and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Amy Gaier, Program Director at the Brain Injury Association of Kansas and Greater Kansas City attended and shares what she learned from VMI. Read more