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Nonprofit Operations Brown Bag Lunch-Board Development

Join us for an interactive Nonprofit Operations Brown Bag Lunch discussion about best practices for Board Recruitment and Development.

Come learn and share best practices for Board Recruitment and Development and receive sample board docs—board job descriptions and policies.

Check out the Nonprofit Operations wiki where notes from the brown bag lunch discussion will be posted immediately following the event.

This Brown Bag lunch discussion will take place on Wednesday, January 31st from 12-1 PM at the San Francisco Nonprofit Technology Center, 1370 Mission St., 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103. Map link. Questions/Topic Suggestions 415-839-6456.

Two New Nonprofit Studies

1. Thanks to the Mission Based Management Blog for making me aware of this! The Center for Civil Society at Johns Hopkins University just released a report by Lester M. Salamon titled, "Employment in America’s Charities: A Profile." The Center’s website also includes links to other great reports from their Nonprofit Employment Data Project.

2. The Center for Nonprofit Leadership at Arizona State University has a new Initial Self Assessment Tool for nonprofits which is part of their, "Principles of Effectiveness in Nonprofit Organizations program." The 10 core principles are focused on:

Career Counseling For Nonprofit Graduate Students

In August 2005, I utilized Dr. Roseanne Mirabella's Nonprofit Management Education Program website which includes a list of U.S. based Colleges and Universities that offer at least 1 nonprofit graduate course. I then e-mailed each contact on the list to find out who provides the career counseling to the nonprofit graduate students.

This research has been sitting on my hard drive for several years. However, recently American Humanics launched an Initiative for Nonprofit Sector Careers with one component focusing on training career counselors about preparing students for careers in the nonprofit sector.  So, I thought this research that I conducted in 2005 may be interesting or useful to some folks.

Strategic Planning for Nonprofits

A Strategic Plan is a multi-year planning document which focuses on the entire organization and not just one specific program or component. Although there are many ways to write a strategic plan, I learned how to write a strategic plan including these key components:

STEP Analysis (An analysis of all the external factors that effect the organization.)

  • Socio-cultural factors
  • Technological factors
  • Economic Forces
  • Political/Legal Forces
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A New Years Resolution

Someone said to me, "Good leaders are never stressed." Do you agree?  I'm not sure I do...

I think that different peoples personalities determine how they will respond to stress and there are many factors that determine a "good leader."

In the New Year I would like to be able to handle stress better, but I know I can't remove the fact that sometimes I get stressed. Receiving all of the W-9 information on-time this week from my independent contractors is making me a little stressed...and I'm sure next week there will be something else. 

My Nonprofit Operations Preparations for 2007

2007 is fast approaching. Here are six specific nonprofit operations steps I take to prepare for each new year.

1. Create 2007 fiscal/vendor folders and put my 2005 fiscal/vendor folders in a file storage box to store. (I do not store my 2006 fiscal/vendor folders because I usually have to access those files periodically throughout the year.)

2. Put all my e-mail folders into a 2006 file and create new 2007 e-mail folders.

3. Verify that I have all my vendor/independent contractor's tax-id's or Social Security numbers so I can send them their 1099 forms in early 2007.

Wikipedia's Fundraising Strategy Today

Wikipedia is doing a cool fundraising thing today. Today someone is matching all the donations that Wikipedia receives. So, on Wikipedia's home page they have a thermometer which shows the total donations they are receiving. The amount is increasing quickly! I can also click and see who has donated and how much. They call it "live" donations.

I realize most nonprofits don't have the amount of traffic to their website as Wikipedia does, however this is a great online fundraising example!  

What I'm learning about Fiscal Sponsorship for Nonprofits-Part 2

In continuation to my earlier post about Fiscal Sponsorship, here is additional information that I learned recently.

Projects and Organizations looking for a fiscal sponsor: 

1. The Foundation Center has a great fiscal sponsorship tutorial for anyone interested in learning more about fiscal sponsorship. 

2. The Community Resource Center in Colorado also has a great step-by-step explanation about fiscal sponsorship and the difference between the term "fiscal agent" and "fiscal sponsor."

My Personal Struggle--the GRE

In this blog I have shared what I am learning on my job, here is something I am personally struggling with.

I have always struggled with standardized tests. Can anyone relate? I've taken classes, studied with a variety of test prep books, done online and CD prep, and spent time with test prep tutors but to no avail. I have not been able to raise my standardized test scores.

In high school I had a SAT tutor for years, however I barely earned a score of 1000. Ironically, my SAT score didn't seem to affect my ability to do well at San Diego State University and earn my degree.

Tagging for Nonprofit Operations

I am lagging on entering nonprofit operations links into Capaciteria. However, I just learned how to tag all my favorite Nonprofit Operations links in del.icio.us. Check it out.

I created a username and password at del.icio.us and then downloaded their tagging software which allows me to right click a link and tag it or click on the tag button on my browser.

I now associate my favorite nonprofit operations links with the following tags.

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