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My kingdom for an intern!

I need a grant writing intern for my non-profit. Possibly several. Do you know what universities have good green technology or permaculture degree tracks that would be a good place to start looking? (many snowflakes inside) [more inside]
posted by ananci on Jun 28, 2014 - 16 answers

Being the yesman for privately funded project, how can I make this work?

I work at a non profit and have been running an internship program for two years. It is funded annually, but on no set schedule. I am prevented from insisting on a schedule or requiring a reasonable gap between funding date and start date. I am expected to just pull the program together within weeks of the donation being received. With a vague start date and no selection schedule, how do I advertise and maintain a pool of candidates? Please help me come up with a creative solution! [more inside]
posted by abirdinthehand on Apr 9, 2014 - 8 answers

FlakyFilter: How To Get No-Show Volunteers To Show Up?

I recently started organizing volunteer orientations for a local charity. These orientations take place at long-time volunteers' homes over dinner and require quite a bit of prep work by the hosts. They are optional orientations - i.e., for newcomers who have expressed interest in a more active role with the nonprofit. So far, about 30% of the new people who RSVP 'yes' are complete no-shows. How can I reduce this amount, AND how can I not feel pissed off at people who cancel with no or little notice? Snowflakery inside... [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on Mar 17, 2014 - 20 answers

Teaching low-income kids in the US how to program

What resources are there in the US that enable kids to take, say, a 3-6 month training course in programming, and then help with entry-level job placement after successful completion of the program? I used to live in Argentina and became familiar with http://program.ar/ which does this (very well) there, and want to find some similar programs in the United States.
posted by carlodio on Jan 30, 2014 - 6 answers

Need a volunteer management solution for a one-day, multi site event

I'm working with a Community Foundation that is planning our (first) annual Volunteer Day in our town. We're working with other non-profit organizations in town to design volunteer activities which can be completed on a designated day, we will basically be the central clearing point for these activities and volunteers looking to participate, as well as do the publicity / awareness raising etc. I have taken on finding a solution to help us connect activities to volunteers and vice versa. I've done some online research and found a few options, but none are ideal, and so I turn to the hive mind for ideas and insight. Ideally, I am looking for an online tool which allows me to set up 20 or so 'projects', each with different time and skill requirements, and organizers, and allows participants to sign up to one that interests them. special requests and snowflake details inside [more inside]
posted by darsh on Jan 27, 2014 - 2 answers

Are these surveys (A) very useful (B) somewhat useful (C) ignored?

Is there any point to filling out surveys from non-profits? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Oct 15, 2013 - 15 answers

Do you have special advice for getting a raise in a non-profit?

Getting a raise at a non-profit: I have looked online to no avail for any particular advice targeting non-profits. I don't know if there is a different approach to use or not. But there seem to be particular challenges related to this type of organization. For instance, most of my colleagues do it for the love of the cause, myself included, and we are all underpaid and overworked. Also, I am well aware that our organization is struggling financially. [more inside]
posted by abirdinthehand on Mar 10, 2013 - 15 answers

How do I approach non-profits about substantive volunteer work?

I'm between jobs and looking to spend some of my time volunteering with a non-profit to do substantive work that involves my professional skills. How do I best approach them to propose this? [more inside]
posted by Colonel_Chappy on Feb 8, 2013 - 10 answers

Funding for photography exhibition in London or New York?

I'm an established photographer with a large body of work in travel and performance/event, with a niche in circus arts. I've exhibited in the past, and I'm looking for resources on funding/grants to put on an exhibition in either New York or London. [more inside]
posted by felspar on Jan 8, 2013 - 5 answers

Nonprofit umbrella for Omaha organization

Help me find a nonprofit umbrella. [more inside]
posted by Bunny Ultramod on Nov 17, 2012 - 3 answers

Group Purchasing For Non-Profits?

Non-profit group buying? Do it myself or use a service thats out there? [more inside]
posted by meta x zen on Oct 13, 2012 - 1 answer

What's it like?

I have an interview this week for an assistant volunteer coordinator position at a local organization. I've done some volunteer management before but haven't had a position like this. If YOU have, or do, what's it like? Any advice for an interview?
posted by trillian on Sep 26, 2012 - 13 answers

sssshhhhh ... be vewwy vewwy quiet ... I'm hunting jobs ...

Small nonprofit job-search-filter: can a job application/interview be confidential if everyone knows everyone else? [more inside]
posted by headnsouth on Jul 14, 2012 - 11 answers

Share Your Donation Boxes!

I need ideas and links for an eye-catching wall-mounted donation box. [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife on Feb 1, 2012 - 3 answers

How do I move this database online?

What's the easiest, most secure way to move this SQL database and its browser-based front end online? [more inside]
posted by infinitywaltz on Jan 18, 2012 - 17 answers

Does this violate our 501(c)(3) status?

I work at at a non-profit art museum on a state university campus. Though it's officially (legally, too, I guess) a museum, it feels more like a commercial art gallery. Does it violate our non-profit status when the founder buys a large number of art from each of the shows we do? I want to know so, when I begin to write grants, and if a potential funder asks, I can answer knowing where the question is going. Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl on Jan 11, 2012 - 14 answers

How to ace a non-profit development interview

Posting for a friend: She has an interview next week for a part-time non-profit development/social media job. She has pretty good answers for generic job interview type questions, but what kinds of questions might she prepare for that are more specific to the field? What kinds of skills should she be highlighting? [more inside]
posted by brackish.line on Nov 4, 2011 - 5 answers

charity auction sites?

My non-profit holds its gala benefit soon. In lieu of our usual clipboards-and-pens silent auction, we were thinking of using an internet service such as Bidding for Good. Good idea? Bad idea? [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Sep 29, 2011 - 9 answers

How does a museum exhibit "support" the broadcast of All Things Considered, exactly?

What exactly does it mean when one non-profit entity (such as programs on public broadcasting) is supported, sponsored, or "made possible" by another? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger on Sep 17, 2011 - 10 answers

How much should I charge to MC a gala fundraising dinner?

I've been invited to emcee a gala dinner for a nonprofit. They are paying me for my talents, but I don't have anything other than random guesses about how much to charge, and their initial offer was basically "money is no object," which actually make it harder for me. Are there any resources out there that can help me narrow down a range to work from?
posted by yiftach on Sep 12, 2011 - 11 answers

help me make my donation more skim-proof

A canvasser signed our family up to make regular contributions to Planned Parenthood. How can I tell how much of our donation is actually being received by PP? [more inside]
posted by Sauce Trough on Aug 26, 2011 - 11 answers

Good organizations in Detroit to donate to

I'd like to make a birthday donation for my mother that supports civic enhancement issues in Detroit (historic preservation, greenbelt development for example) - what organization would make good use of my donation? [more inside]
posted by gov_moonbeam on Aug 14, 2011 - 9 answers

IT Policy Help

What questions should I ask applicants for a position involving the development of IT policies? [more inside]
posted by never used baby shoes on Jun 21, 2011 - 5 answers

Getting a celebrity to help our nonprofit?

How do we get a (music) celebrity to help promote an event in a YouTube-type video? Our community nonprofit is having a month-long event in June, and my daydream is to get some (recognizable) musician/band in a video that we could post on our very popular Facebook page. Ideally, he/she would say something like, "If I weren't on tour in [wherever] right now, I'd definitely be at [event name]! Don't miss it!" How do I even attempt this? I'm in a medium-sized city on the East Coast.
posted by trillian on May 24, 2011 - 10 answers

Human helps animal, animal helps human right back

I want to donate some money to a program that matches people and animals for mutual rehabilitation [more inside]
posted by Opal on May 10, 2011 - 8 answers

Jumpstarting a lasting fund, without the pesky

I would like to create a non-profit fund / fundraising org earmarked towards jumpstarting community centers. I've heard that rather than trying to create a non-profit, it might be best to partner with an existing non-profit with similar interests, and see if they'd "host" the fund I want to create / help with the legal aspects, while allowing me to earmark and oversee the fund. I intend to do regular fundraising, and hope to create a lasting fund that attracts bequests. Does anyone know about the legalities involved here? Any advice as to how I might want to approach such a project?
posted by markkraft on Apr 9, 2011 - 7 answers

Non-profit tax help in NYC

Recommendations for an NYC accountant familiar with non-profit business and personal (freelance) taxes? [more inside]
posted by crookedneighbor on Feb 17, 2011 - 1 answer

Please listen carefully, as our options have changed

My place of employment has a long and convoluted phone tree that our clients have to wade through when they call in. No one in the organization seems to have written everything down in one place, and I'm trying to create a...document?...that allows us to conceptualize which of our menu options lead where, and what they say at each point. What's the best/easiest way to do this and make it useful? [more inside]
posted by cheeken on Nov 9, 2010 - 12 answers

Nonprofit Subsidiary of a For-Profit Company

How much control can a for-profit company exert over a nonprofit subsidiary delivering human services? Is this arrangement legit? [more inside]
posted by jmf2525 on Nov 5, 2010 - 12 answers

How do I find English as a Second Language Funding for an African University?

I am a volunteer for an organization building a nonprofit university in Angola. I am tasked with finding funding for English as a Second Language education--all students who do not speak English will take year long intensive course in English. I'm looking for whatever help I can get in finding funds. [more inside]
posted by wires on Nov 4, 2010 - 10 answers

Can I raise money for a nonprofit without their knowledge?

Is it unethical or illegal to raise money for a nonprofit without their knowledge? [more inside]
posted by juliapangolin on Oct 25, 2010 - 15 answers

Starting my own arts non-profit: how nutty?

My adult life has been split between art (performing arts) and non-profit administration (major donor fundraising). I'm now approaching a point where I want to merge the two and create my own arts nonprofit. My intent is to start small. I guess I'm hoping to split half my time as a fundraiser/grantwriter/administrator and half my time running the program. Am I crazy? I dont think this thing will officially launch before the next year or two, so please pretend this will happen in a decent economy. I think I have a good service to provide, access to strong potential boardmembers, etc. Thanks, hive.
posted by mcgordonliddy on Sep 23, 2010 - 11 answers

Should I Just Send Dawn Instead of Dollars?

What conservation or local groups are currently working on cleaning up the oil from the BP oil spill, especially in terms of wildlife? I'd like to donate as I'm not able to volunteer.
posted by questionsandanchors on Jun 3, 2010 - 4 answers

Arts council seeks examples of effective marketing materials.

[Nonprofit Filter] Small-town arts council needs your help! We seek effective examples of 1) an "ask package" or a "leave behind" to use as a guide when creating our own, and 2) an affordable and duplicatable example of a simple artist's database/registry. [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife on May 27, 2010 - 4 answers

I hope there's a way.

Anyone have experience with non-profits that will pay for vet bills? [more inside]
posted by mreleganza on Feb 8, 2010 - 6 answers

Hope us get unencumbered.

How do liens on property work in Ontario (the Canadian one)? [more inside]
posted by liquado on Jan 28, 2010 - 4 answers

Track the donor and get the cash!

Donor Tracking? What are using? [more inside]
posted by Fuzzy Dog on Oct 14, 2009 - 8 answers

Starting in the non-profit sector: Am I doing the right things at the right time?

NGOfilter: I think I've discovered my vocation - the question is, how do I go about achieving it? Lots of background, questions from clueless young person and more. [more inside]
posted by monocot on Aug 7, 2009 - 7 answers

Creating a small library for a non-profit

Looking for resources on creating a small library for a non-profit company [more inside]
posted by andendau on Jul 3, 2009 - 7 answers

Nonprofit help.

How can I turn this nonprofit around? [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten on Jun 18, 2009 - 14 answers

I can haz blog post?

What's the best way to ask bloggers to promote a nonprofit fundraising event? [more inside]
posted by anthropoid on Apr 23, 2009 - 14 answers

Recruiting Nonprofit Board Members who may disagree with certain aspects of the organization.

What happens when a prospective nonprofit Board Member disagrees with a major initiative? [more inside]
posted by franklen on Feb 15, 2009 - 6 answers

It came from the public sector

Why would two non-profit organizations merge? [more inside]
posted by XMLicious on Feb 6, 2009 - 9 answers

Need Help with Non-Profit Presentations

I'm starting up a new non-profit organization and need some help streamlining my message for presentations and explanation, but I've not had any success looking for such information. I need to know what I should be looking for in terms of vocabulary, etc. [more inside]
posted by Gideon on Jan 26, 2009 - 8 answers

Other than bringing me Diet Coke and giving me foot massages, of course.

We have an intern. Now what? [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven on Dec 10, 2008 - 11 answers

Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.

Money or happiness? [more inside]
posted by mamaquita on Oct 22, 2007 - 40 answers

Need help finding cheap/free advertising for my nonprofit

Looking for inexpensive ways to advertise for a nonprofit [more inside]
posted by mrflibble on Sep 18, 2007 - 15 answers

Is there a service that can help me find my dream job?

Are there effective employment counseling services for people interested in a career change? [more inside]
posted by melissa may on Mar 25, 2006 - 6 answers

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