For many nonprofits this can be a tough decision. Most would like to be able to effectively implement both. In an ideal world, that would drive the most amount of traffic. Yet, as is the nature of nonprofit work, in some cases, that would mean spreading yourself thin. If you can choose to do one to the best of your ability, that would gain you more attention than doing a half-decent job trying to implement both. So here's the deal: In any case, it is important to keep in touch and engage with your audience via e-mail updates. The frequency of these can be up to you, but they are important to maintain (according to this Wild Apricot article) because:
Finding and retaining top talent at a small nonprofit organization can be difficult. It requires not only excellent recruiting and interviewing skills, but also a healthy work environment that encourages staff to stay with the organization. Luckily, there are a few ways that nonprofits can position themselves to be more favorable to top talent. From getting the right candidates in the door to negotiating benefits and salary, there are several things that recruiters can do to obtain top talent.
Most nonprofit organizations are not known for IT (information technology) skills. In fact, some organizations are proud of not being computer-literate ("I'm a social worker, not a computer geek") and have to be dragged, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century. Those organizations that are tech-savvy, however, can claim advantages in efficiency, reach, comprehensiveness of service, and flexibility, to name a few.
As 2017 comes to a close, it's important to reflect on some of the trends we saw in the nonprofit space as a precursor for what to expect in 2018. To start, 2017 was filled with new causes to be discovered and new organizations to be formed. Some trends that were worth noting were:
7 Trends of 2017
More activist/constituent giving and doing
Donors shift to more independent giving, and donor-advised funds continue to outpace other vehicles
The independent press comes under attack as journalism recovers its role as a civil society function
Racial equity issues visit and do not leave
A perfect storm has been set in motion for the nonprofit regulatory environment
Pie-in-the-sky social enterprise gives way to real wealth sharing alternatives and action to hold business accountable
How did your organization stack up in 2017? Are you ready for what's coming in 2018? Here are 11 Predictions for 2018 that will help you navigate your newly declared NPO resolutions.
Excel can be a powerful tool for nonprofits looking to do more with their data. While Excel has been used for decades as a great tool for data collection, sorting, and exporting, many nonprofits don't realize the array of capabilities that Excel offers when it comes to gleaning data insights, analyzing trends, and extracting key information to use for grant reports, funding requests, program evaluations, and more. Read on to learn some awesome capabilities of today's Excel, and start integrating these functions into your nonprofit's data management system today!
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