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From an Expert: Tips for Engaging Students in Experiential Learning

College students are hungry for professional experience – and you can help! There is so much buzz in the media these days about college students seeking internships, externships, volunteer opportunities, and experiential learning of every kind. Does your organization include college students in your volunteer and internship ranks? If not, are you interested in learning more about how to engage this up-and-coming group of local talent in your organization? Are college students seeking experience with your organization worth the investment of time, energy, and expense? In my opinion – yes!

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From an Expert: Opportunities at the Crossroads of Volunteer Engagement and Development

Pop quiz: Raise your hand if you get paid to engage the community’s hearts, minds, and resources to advance your nonprofit’s mission and make the world a better place. Your hand is just as high whether you’re a fund development or a volunteer engagement professional. So why are our jobs so siloed? Separate departments, separate budgets, separate audiences, separate credentialing…the list goes on. What might happen if we tiptoed out of our silos and planted a flag in the big, overlooked crossroads between our two worlds? A whole lot of good, say trend-watchers and data crunchers in both industries. They also say we might not have a choice. Current trends in how Americans give time and money are quickly eroding the wall between our two worlds – whether we like it or not. In this post we’ll dig deeper into two of these trends and see how you can turn them into opportunities for good.

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From an Expert: Leveraging Local Nonprofit Buying Power

If someone were to tell you that your organization had buying power, what would that mean to you? I?m guessing probably not much since we rarely talk about such a term in the non-profit world, but it?s a term you should know. Why? The buying power of your non-profit is your biggest resource and I?m…

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From an Expert: Small Money Tips with Big Impact on Your Bottom Line

Every business needs to put its dollars to their best use in order to continue to grow. And when your business is a nonprofit, channeling those dollars into mission based work, they are that much more valuable. While following a strategic plan that involves fundraising and establishing grant funding may support your long term growth,…

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From an Expert: Taking the Stress Out of Fundraising

Fundraising can be a daunting task.  It can be one of the most challenging fields to work in, but also one of the most rewarding. If you believe in the cause and keep your focus then any reputable organization can fundraise effectively.  As a grant maker, I'm often approached by different organizations requesting funding for…

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From an Expert: Legal Compliance Checklist for Your Next Fundraising Event

Today's From an Expert advice comes from Eric C. Perkins, Esq. of Perkins Law on the legal things to consider when planning your next nonprofit fundraising event. Organizing a charity event is hard work - lots to worry about, lots of details to coordinate, and lots of fires to extinguish from start to finish. Lurking…

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From an Expert: Steps for Practicing Good Stewardship

The term "stewardship" is used with great frequency, but do we really understand the concept? Stewardship means taking care of something we value so that we enable it to grow. It requires us to take responsibility and to make a contribution of our time, talent, and treasure. Photo Credit: Flickr In order to practice good…

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From an Expert: It’s Better to See it Coming…Steps to a Better Budget

It's better to see it coming. How else will you know to avoid disaster? Maybe you can even take advantage of some unexpected benefits? But remember, it's all about budgeting! Budgeting, or business planning, is more than an activity designed to make your life miserable; it is more than a process that causes you to hate seeing numbers.…

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