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Newly elected nonprofit board member seeks help

Elected to the board of a nonprofit, inexperienced, want to get off to a good start. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 13, 2016 - 6 answers

How do I best navigate being edged out of a professional opportunity?

Non-profit: I found a grant and brought in two colleagues in my department to choose what we would propose for the grant, to write it and implement it. One of these colleagues who previous to this I would have described as a friend also has completely taken it over and basically pushed me out of the process. How do I get involved again? Or should I just say hindsight is 20/20 and let go of it all? [more inside]
posted by abirdinthehand on Mar 25, 2016 - 8 answers

Is there any hope for a problematic board?

Since I joined a nonprofit that I deeply care about as the Executive Director, we've had a clear turnaround - everyone, including the board, agrees that we're both much more financially stable and successful with our mission than when we started. However, there are a series of serious issues regarding funding and real estate that, if not resolved in the next couple of years, will spell the end of the nonprofit, and these are issues I can't tackle alone. The board are dragging their feet - primarily, it seems, out of confusion and lack of desire to become engaged. I've tried several approaches to raise these issues and get the board activated. What are all my options?
posted by anonymous on Mar 15, 2016 - 4 answers

Automated system for nonprofit membership cards?

I'm on the board of a small nonprofit and we want to try and automate our membership cards. Is there a service that will mail out a welcome letter for us every time someone places membership? [more inside]
posted by Deflagro on Mar 9, 2016 - 4 answers

Photo storage for organizations

Is there a good cloud storage solution for organizations? Our non profit is looking for ways to keep thousands of photo organized. [more inside]
posted by ssg on Feb 25, 2016 - 3 answers

What's it like to work in fundraising?

I'm writing a piece of fiction and have a character who works in fundraising for a big nonprofit. Is there anything I can read to find out what this sort of work is like? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Feb 15, 2016 - 13 answers

Most effective ways to market field trips to teachers?

I need help getting people to sign up for my programs, and I've hit a roadblock. I develop and deliver field trips to school groups, in theory it’s great. In practice, nobody is signing up for field trips and my job is on the line. I am good at developing and delivering programs, but I am a novice at marketing. What are your favorite resources to teach me how to market towards and/or interact with classroom teachers? [more inside]
posted by Guess What on Feb 9, 2016 - 25 answers

What are the latest and greatest approaches to nonprofit fundraising

What are some new creative fundraising strategies that a large national non-profit should be considering? [more inside]
posted by davidstandaford on Feb 1, 2016 - 4 answers

Nonprofit nirvana ... or not

Phone screen with a social justice-oriented nonprofit next week... yay! I have never actually worked for a nonprofit full-time and it's been years since I've interned for one. I would welcome ideas on aspects to run toward/away from. [more inside]
posted by Sheydem-tants on Jan 22, 2016 - 11 answers

Job Hunting in a Cultural Field

For the last five years I've been at the same small cultural institution in a large US city. During that time I worked my way up to a (non-executive) director role managing a few employees. I'm ready for a change, but I'm having trouble making that change happen. I've been semi-seriously looking for a year now without luck, and would love to hear experience and advice from other people who've grown or maintained careers in similar fields or situations. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 21, 2016 - 5 answers

Die on my hill? Change my attitude? Help with non-profit woes

Help me decide when it is ok to be obstinate and disagreeable, and if that is the right route for me. I work for an incredibly small non-profit and it’s driving me crazy. They hired me to make changes and it feels like most everything I do is wrong and re-rationalized back into the “old way” of doing things. I want to get shit done! However, I have a history of agreeing to all suggestions from authority figures, and don’t want to get fired for doing something The Board [my supervisors] disagrees with. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 16, 2016 - 17 answers

Nonprofit's report to donors; what should we call it?

Please help me work out what I call this report to our donors - the first-ever attractive, easy-to-read indication of what we've done with their money over the past five years! [more inside]
posted by andraste on Dec 9, 2015 - 11 answers

What online survey/CRM software can I use to manage all these clubs?

I work for a non-profit organization that services about 100 clubs in our region. Every year, each club has to fill out paperwork re-affirming their partnership with us plus each club’s membership and roles. This process is still being done largely by hand. Please help me streamline it. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Oct 28, 2015 - 3 answers

[CRM filter] Can Salesforce do all these things for my nonprofit?

I’m helping my nonprofit shop for a CRM! Along with all the other useful features of Salesforce (e.g. member/donor management, grant tracking, contact logs), we want to integrate volunteer management, program enrollment and more. Is Salesforce the answer? And some other questions... [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife on Oct 6, 2015 - 5 answers

Good nonprofit that works on environmental lead in Chicago?

I would like to donate some money to a non-profit that works on issues related to environmental lead in Chicago, especially as it affects children. Advocacy, lobbying, policy work, education, direct lead remediation work, or any other kind of work on this issue would fit the bill. Who should I donate to? [more inside]
posted by mai on Oct 4, 2015 - 2 answers

Help my nonprofit survive the end of Windows XP!

I work for a nonprofit and we have several computers used by our students. They run Windows XP and I know that their decline and fall is probably inevitable. There is a specific old version of a program that we use which is not compatible with newer versions of Windows. Help me make a plan: I need to find a new literacy program that suits our needs, find a way to make this 10+ year old program compatible with newer computers, or at the very least keep these computers semi-functional as long as possible. [more inside]
posted by chaiminda on Sep 16, 2015 - 12 answers

What are the skills of amazing executive directors?

Let's assume I can get training in anything I want and have a supportive boss who will allow me to "practice" any skill I choose in my current position as a director. What skills should I learn to make the next big leap to head boss at a non-profit? [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Aug 20, 2015 - 8 answers

All happy workplaces are the same, but...

I'm having trouble respecting my boss. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 19, 2015 - 10 answers

How to ethically spend/allocate leftover grant funds?

Hi. I work at a nonprofit organization, and we have a non-governmental grant that pays for my salary and program expenses. It's coming up on the end of the grant year, and I have leftover funds. I'm not sure I agree with a directive coming from my boss about how to allocate the leftover funds in the budget. I need some people with on-the-ground nonprofit experience to tell me if my ethical line is stricter than the general best practices one. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 28, 2015 - 12 answers

How to Shop for Directors & Officers Liability Insurance for a NonProfit

I'm doing some work for a small but growing nonprofit based in the State of Wisconsin. They are looking into getting Directors and Officers Liability Insurance and asked me if I knew of a good policy provider. The providers I'm familiar with would not work with a group this small (small board, Executive Director, volunteers...donation receipts about $200K+). I'm unsure of how best to vet a provider that I don't have direct experience with...any advice?
posted by jeanmari on Jul 15, 2015 - 4 answers

Videoconferencing: One packed room, some remote participants?

I have been tasked to "Put Jane and John on our conference room screen and put all of us on their laptop screens" to turn a regular teleconference meeting into a videoconference meeting. The problem is not Jane or John: They are in quiet remote offices with laptops and Skype accounts (or any other videoconferencing accounts you may suggest). The problem is us: Thirty colleagues, backs pressed against the walls, in a long, narrow, noisy conference room built for twenty, with no room to place cameras that will capture more than a few of us. [more inside]
posted by mississippi on Jun 25, 2015 - 12 answers

Legally, how can youth and community have a say in this non-profit?

How can we give these stakeholders real representation, while remaining in legal and free of conflict of interest? [more inside]
posted by jander03 on Jun 16, 2015 - 11 answers

Moving from Private Sector to Nonprofit in my 40s

I have some good ideas about how but how about where? I'm almost 47, I have deep experience in operations engineering and development operations, as well as a very diverse collection of soft and nonprimary tech skills. I want to move from private industry to nonprofit. And I would love your help targeting my job search. [more inside]
posted by kalessin on Jun 1, 2015 - 10 answers

If I read a copyrighted story onstage, is it infringing?

My nonprofit venue wants to do a dramatic reading of a Neil Gaiman story during a fundraiser. Is this performance a copyright problem? [more inside]
posted by emjaybee on May 27, 2015 - 10 answers

Starting over in your 50s

My friend is looking to change careers and hopefully move into the nonprofit world. Is a career change possible at her age? What should she be doing? What types of positions should she be looking for? She's in her 50s and has a legal background. She can practice law and formerly worked in legal publishing, but she hasn't worked in law for decades. She's spent the last decade or so as an analyst at a financial company.
posted by topoisomerase on May 27, 2015 - 8 answers

Canadian volunteering for a year in the US for a religious nonprofit

My girlfriend and I will be volunteering at a mountain retreat center/camp in the US for a year. This retreat center is a religious nonprofit affiliated with a mainline protestant denomination and has existed since the '60s (and I have visited it many times before, as a member of that denomination). We will be paid a stipend of $550 a month each and have benefits like room & board, health and dental insurance...or at least I, as a US citizen, will get them. What does my girlfriend, as a Canadian citizen, need to provide to US immigration (specifically DHS at the border) to have the greatest chance of receiving that stipend and/or benefits? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 26, 2015 - 3 answers

Help me prepare?

I am in line to become president of a non-profit board, can you point me to some great resources? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on May 14, 2015 - 10 answers

Name my animation-focused non-profit

Hello everybody! I am starting an independent animation-focused non-profit. Our mission statement is 'a not for profit organization that supports independent, non-commerical animated film through education, grants, and distribution.' And we need a name! [more inside]
posted by tessmartin on May 4, 2015 - 12 answers

What are some good NGOs protecting workers' rights internationally?

I'm trying to find reputable and effective non-profit organizations that protect workers from legal or illegal exploitation by their employers. Any recommendations? (I was awarded money in the high tech employee antitrust settlement and suspect that other workers may be more deserving of extra cash.) [more inside]
posted by espertus on Apr 24, 2015 - 2 answers

Typical reports received from staff to board of directors at non-profit?

I recently was appointed to the board of directors for a non-profit. What are expectations for reports from staff inside organization presented at monthly board meetings? [more inside]
posted by Captain Chesapeake on Apr 23, 2015 - 11 answers

Online registration Systems and payment processors for Non-profits?

I am looking for a website/service to manage the purchasing (a la shopping cart) and tickets for a very small non-profit's events. After some brief googling, there are a lot of options, I'm overwhelmed, and looking to separate the wheat from the chaff for what we need. [more inside]
posted by fizzix on Apr 6, 2015 - 5 answers

Career change out of nonprofits?

I’m hoping for suggestions for career changes for someone who has spent their entire professional career in nonprofits and government, and is looking for something that pays a little more, is maybe a little less bureaucratic, and which plays to their strengths (community organizing and building, creative thinking, program planning, social engagement). [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Mar 27, 2015 - 5 answers

Best Software for Tracking Time for Editorial Projects?

I work in communications for a large nonprofit, and I've been tasked with coming up with a way to track the time people spend working on various projects. Previous attempts to do this without software have proven unwieldy. Help me. [more inside]
posted by dortmunder on Mar 19, 2015 - 5 answers

How best to market myself online?

I'm creating an online portfolio/website and looking for strategies of how to describe my career goals. Basically I'm wondering whether I should emphasize professional, or creative goals, or whether it's okay to have both. [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Mar 7, 2015 - 2 answers

How can I find local rich lists?

How can I find lists of wealthy individuals in my local area? [more inside]
posted by DJ Broken Record on Feb 26, 2015 - 4 answers

Negotiating land use terms in Ontario

I live in Ontario. A local farm agreed to let me fence off various sections of their 90+ acre farm to house some tamed, educational wildlife for my nonprofit. I want to build the enclosures this spring, but neither party has any idea how to negotiate the terms of land use and financial compensation. I am looking to rent or lease x acres for a minimum of one or two years. [more inside]
posted by quiet earth on Feb 22, 2015 - 2 answers

How do I avoid burnout in my new position at a non-profit

I am a detail oriented, personable woman in my late twenties that really likes what I do. I work for a small non-profit that is highly respected in the mid-size town that I live in. Before I had this job I worked in DC on Capitol Hill for several years in a demanding job. Last fall I was promoted to Associate Director. We also got a new Executive Director at that time (he's the one that promoted me). He is a good guy, and I enjoy the environment that I work in. That said... in the past two weeks I have started to feel a little burnout. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 8, 2015 - 14 answers

What is an operating budget?

I recently asked someone at work for our operating budget for the purpose of registering for software discounts. I was given a number and it didn't quite make sense to me. I think that there may be at least two definitions of 'operating budget'. The workplace in question is a 501c(3) non-profit if that changes the definition. What would be tallied to make up the operating budget?
posted by sciencegeek on Jan 19, 2015 - 5 answers

No-frills, no-hassle third-party fundraising

Let's say I really care about some charity. I'd like to do an online fundraising drive---with premiums that I send to donors. I'm not affiliated with the charity, or I am but this drive is an independent, personal initiative. Either way, the charity isn't involved except for the happy day when they get a check. Is there some online service that makes all this easy for me? [more inside]
posted by tss on Jan 16, 2015 - 9 answers

How to address burnout and work overload when you're the sole employee?

I manage a very small nonprofit organization. We had two employees, including myself, but had to let employee #2 go due to funding cuts. Our workload was already too heavy and I was burning out, so now it's just getting worse. I have the authority to control my workload and make cuts, but I don't know where to begin since nothing on my plate is unimportant and there's no other employees to shift the work to, either. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 5, 2015 - 13 answers

2015 wall calendar

Recommend me a neat 2015 wall calendar whose purchase benefits a good cause!
posted by threeants on Dec 19, 2014 - 6 answers

Charitable Donations for Dad for Christmas

My dad put together a not-really-serious Christmas list which includes items such as "world peace" as well as a few other clever things. This year I'd like to give multiple charitable donations in his name targeted to the causes/issues he touches on in his list. Help me select a few organizations. [more inside]
posted by soleiluna on Dec 19, 2014 - 14 answers

How much revenue should a nonprofit carry over at year end?

I do development for a nonprofit whose budget is roughly $1 million. Last year, I raised about a quarter million more than we projected and I just saw that almost the full quarter million was unspent at the end of the year. Is it normal for a nonprofit to carry over this much as a hedge against fundraising uncertainties? [more inside]
posted by vegsister on Dec 9, 2014 - 6 answers

do you know about civil society in Nepal?

I'm very curious to learn about people and organizations who are based there are making grants or scholarships to support local communities. Any leads or thoughts? [more inside]
posted by jenbo1 on Nov 7, 2014 - 4 answers

How to apply for my DREAM job, without sounding too much like a fanboy.

I am about to send off my application for a job posting for what is my DREAM position. It is a 3-month paid internship with a major medical humanitarian aid organization. This is an office-based administrative position in a major Canadian city, and seems to have a lot of overlap in tasks with some of their other permanent positions, as well as their field-based positions. In terms of skills, experience, and interests, I feel as though I am a strong candidate for the position. [more inside]
posted by hasna on Oct 29, 2014 - 16 answers

Seeking news and resources about homelessness

I'm looking for relevant and frequently updated sources of news (preferably online) about homelessness and related issues: poverty, supportive housing, etc. [more inside]
posted by torridly on Sep 30, 2014 - 9 answers

How can non-profits accept car donations?

I work for a non-profit, and a donor asked about donating a used car to us. How does that work? [more inside]
posted by myntu on Sep 26, 2014 - 5 answers

To Quit My Job and Move to Montana in October or Winter in Chicago?

Mr. fancydancing and I are toying around with the idea of moving to Montana. I'm not super happy in my job now and both of us want to get out of the Chicagoland sprawl. But fear is holding me back. Why? And what kind of jobs can I apply for that are more in alignment with my interests and values? [more inside]
posted by fancydancing on Sep 26, 2014 - 4 answers

Applying for multiple similar positions at a company (non-profit)

Applying for multiple similar positions at a company (non-profit). Can I re-use the same cover letter? [more inside]
posted by anansi on Sep 18, 2014 - 6 answers

How can I achieve my ambitious nonprofit fundraising goal in 60 days?

I have two months to raise $6000 for an educational animal facility in southern Ontario. I need tips on how I can possibly achieve this goal on a crowdsourcing site. I've succeeded at raising $1000 in the past, but that's the limit of my experience with fundraising. My nonprofit is new and we don't yet have an established presence or an established donor base. Should I look for corporate sponsors? If so, what would that meeting look like and who might be sympathetic to my cause? How do I even make the initial approach? [more inside]
posted by quiet earth on Aug 27, 2014 - 6 answers

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