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Nonprofit Operations Brown Bag Lunch-Fundraising Administration

June 27th, 2007 12-1PM.

Join us for an interactive Nonprofit Operations Brown Bag Lunch discussion about fundraising administration.

We'll be discussing best practices for maintaining a fundraising calendar, grant templates, correspondence with funders, and organizing your fundraising files. We'll also be sharing sample fundraising administration practices. Notes from this discussion can be found on the Nonprofit Operations Wiki.

How do you manage your Board of Directors?

Recently I learned about BoardnetWork--a web based tool nonprofits can use to manage their Board of Directors. Each board member logs on to this website and can access key board information, read board meeting minutes, access board training resources, and find out when the next board meeting. This seems very useful, however I wonder how many boards are actually using this type of software?

Why I am changing my Insurance Carrier

I have made a decision to change my insurance carrier to the Nonprofit Insurance Alliance of California (NIAC).  NIAC is also known as the Alliance of Nonprofits for Insurance (ANI) in many other states. For the same price of my General Liability and D & O premium with my current insurance carrier I can receive insurance from NIAC/ANI plus receive many amazing free benefits which will save my organization a lot of money!  NIAC/ANI benefits are:

Practical Nonprofit Operations Tips

I really like reading the Chronicle of Philanthropy's Give and Take blog a daily roundup of blogs about the nonprofit world, however I've noticed the folks who write Give and Take tend to write about general sector wide issues or topics that are hot at the moment. That's ok, and many of the posts are very interesting, however I also like reading blogs that provide practical tips and advice for running my nonprofit.

Have you heard of the NP2020 Conference?

I recently learned that the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy will be hosting a conference called NP2020: Issues and Answers from the Next Generation

Basically this conference will be a discussion about how to address the leadership deficit that everyone keeps talking about.

Facility Management for your nonprofit

The San Francisco Bay Area has a organization called the Northern California Community Loan Fund (NCCLF). NNCLF not only provides building loans to nonprofits, it provides a series of workshops called Facility Fitness

What is your favorite Socially Responsible Business?

I chose a career in the nonprofit sector because I wanted to make an impact and help people. I love my work in the nonprofit sector, however recently I have been reading about the amazing work of socially responsible businesses.

My Community Toolboxes--Nonprofit Operations Software Grouped Together

Aspiration's Social Source Commons tool maps out what software nonprofits are using and also gives users the ability to see what software their (our) friends and colleagues are using. A while ago I created a toolbox listing what software I use on a daily basis.

However, Social Source Commons just added a new feature called Community Toolboxes which allows users to group together similar tools. Because of this new feature I decided to create some community toolboxes:

Nonprofit Operations Manual Template

Today we tried to have a Nonprofit Ops brown bag lunch about creating an Nonprofit Operations Manual but no one showed up. I'm not sure if it is because this isn't an interesting topic or my poor advertising. Oh well--I did have quite a few people e-mail me and tell me they couldn't make it to the discussion and asked me to send them an Operations Manual template.

Happy Administrative Professionals Week!

Hooray to all those hard working Admin/Operations/HR/IT/Finance staff within nonprofits. This is your week to celebrate and appreciate your role in the organization!

Why isn't there a holiday for program staff or executives--you say?

Because we as admin/operations/hr/finance staff do the grunt work that no one else likes to do!

Specifically, we:

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