I work for a small non-profit with high seasonal turnover often times our staff will work on compiling data, or communications projects. What solutions do businesses use to ensure that their data remains current, backed-up, and accessible? How do they use those services to keep data organized? [more inside]
I have a pretty hefty surplus in my nonprofit project budget this year, and I have been told to spend it all, because otherwise it would go back to the funder. We're talking about $20K. We did our work, we met our goals, we provided what we said we'd provide. It just took less money than anticipated. I feel dirty and guilty about blowing this much money on "stuff" that isn't what we said we'd spend it on. I have never had a budget at all before, much less a surplus, so I may be a little naive about how the (nonprofit?) world works. Can you please give me some thoughts about how to view this in a way that doesn't feel icky? Am I just being silly and this is normal practice? Bonus points if you have suggestions on what to spend it on. [more inside]
I'm a freelance reporter who just finished a multi-part series for a nonprofit news organization. Now I'd like to turn it into an ebook. I am not savvy about rights, commissions, etc., and neither is my editor/publisher. What do we need to know to negotiate a fair revenue split? [more inside]
How useful is Twitter these days? I work in an advocacy-type job at the intersection between law, politics and a giant, sometimes heavily regulated industry. I really need to strengthen my connections, and I'd also like to raise my organization's profile online. Social media is obviously one part of the arsenal -- but is Twitter a worthwhile starting point? I only have so much time in the day to devote to this, and I could instead focus my efforts on blogging for a moderately well-trafficked niche group blog. I'm not so much interested here in driving traffic to our website, but rather to entering more fully into the conversation online.
Wanted: Names of headhunters that place communications professionals in nonprofit jobs in NYC, plus advice. Got any? [more inside]
Is it possible to apply for a new job in the nonprofit world without my current job finding out? There must be some kind of protocol or professional courtesy about this kind of thing, right? [more inside]
I'm at the final round of interviews for two very different jobs, and if I'm offered both, I'm not sure what I should do.
One's at a nonprofit, the other's at an advertising agency. [more inside]
I work for the Philadelphia chapter of a national nonprofit. We help people with a specific neurological disease. One of these people would like help getting a computer. How can I help facilitate this? [more inside]
I coordinate a successful group of activists. Now, the family of our most active member has been implicated in a scandal. The group wants to work on the scandal; the member says he'll quit if we do. Is there a way to balance on this tightrope? [more inside]
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]
I recently accepted an offer for a spot in a full time MPP program from a very decent, non-Ivy school. My funding (per an assistantship or researcher position) reduces the total tuition to approximately $3000, and the program provides an allowance for an unpaid or poorly paid summer internship. I have enough money saved to avoid going into debt if I work part time. I want to offset the opportunity costs of two years outside of work by making myself as employable as possible. [more inside]
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]
Because of a story in the newspaper, I discovered that a local nonprofit will soon have a job opening that sounds like a perfect fit for me. The job is not posted on their website yet, but I was thinking of emailing someone there anyway just to let them know how interested I am in the organization, the job, and the changes they've made to make the job possible. Will this result in them looking more favorably on me when the job is posted, or in them looking at me as over-eager and unprofessional?
I want to transform my department's social media team into the campus experts on social media. What are the books, workshops, tools, websites and communities I should be looking into? [more inside]
I freelance and a long-term contract with a client is coming to an end. I'd really like to replace this client by doing some work with a non-profit. Of course, there are a a couple of (hopefully surmountable) specifics inside. [more inside]
Your job requires you to do multimedia work from time to time but gives you only a standard Windows install with Office and MS Paint to do it with. Installing anything new requires a call to IT. Your nonprofit employer currently has no budget to buy you the software you need. What cheap or free utilities, plug-ins or browser extensions do you install while waiting for the clouds to open and copies of, say, Adobe CS Master Collection and Final Cut Pro to fall from the sky? [more inside]
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]
I am in the process of interviewing for a mid-level program/project coordinator position at a non-profit in New York City, and I believe I will be offered the position. I have always been terrible at negotiating salary, and want to change that this time around, but I am finding it very difficult to figure out what the general market range for similar jobs is. [more inside]
I work for a small non-profit in WI and the organization is about to close its doors. Because we are so small, the non-profit has not had to pay into the state UI fund. I don't know what that means for my ability to collect unemployment.
I am going to see an unemployment office as soon as possible, but I would appreciate any info from MeFi about whether there are ways I am eligible to receive benefits, if there are specific questions I should ask the UI office, and whether there are other state or federal benefits available to me as I look for a new job.
Preparing to do fundraising for a new theater company in Omaha. Need reference material and suggestions. [more inside]
Help me find a nonprofit umbrella. [more inside]
Best organization in NYC in which to participate in an angel tree kind of thing? I'm nannying a 8, almost 9 year old boy and he has expressed interest in buying something for a boy his age in need for the holidays. [more inside]
Non-profit group buying? Do it myself or use a service thats out there? [more inside]
My organization has allowed me to hire a social media/digital communications coordinator. It's been going well, but now I need to ask for some equipment and I'm not 100% sure what to ask for. [more inside]
Do I need to register my new web project as a nonprofit? I want to donate ad proceeds from a website to animal shelters. Does that mean the site should legally be a nonprofit? If so, does anyone know of good free resources to learn about what nonprofit registration entails?
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?
How can I locate someone to provide a day of social media / online presence consulting to a non-profit in the Philadelphia area? [more inside]
I need a place where 50-75 people can spend a weekday
(not weekend) volunteering in the Seattle area in late October. The only un
acceptable answer is "go clean up this trail / move these heavy rocks / pull these blackberry bushes." [more inside]
Is it possible to be happy in a low-level office job if you're working for a cause you’re passionately devoted to? [more inside]
What's a good bank for a US non-profit (501c3) to use? We need one that lets us do all our normal operations through the web. [more inside]
I am an architect and recently laid-off. I want to use this time as an opportunity to start an architecture non-profit that assists communities to create their own public spaces. Think community centers, playgrounds, libraries, farmer's markets, etc. I am relatively young, naive, and idealistic. Where do begin? Whom do I speak to? How do I start? Any words of advice will do. [more inside]
Volunteering with youth - criminal background check deal breakers? [more inside]
Small nonprofit job-search-filter: can a job application/interview be confidential if everyone knows everyone else? [more inside]
Help us gamify/badgify our game! With all this gamification buzzwordiness out there, there's a nice white label solution, right? [more inside]
I'm heading up a program at the local humane society that's very similar to something like this
. Or this
. Or even this
. This program type has been known as "symbolic gifts", "mission-inspired gifts" and even "fundraising catalog". These names are stupid. Help me think of something better! [more inside]
How do I ensure that the people who are contributing content to my site are getting enough credit? [more inside]
Have you started a successful non-profit organization or worked for one? [more inside]
I work for a non-profit. A personal friend of my boss is trying to poach me to a much better paying job in the private sector. What is the ethical way to navigate this?
Can you name some digital marketing sales and marketing gurus in the non-profit, charity, NGO worlds? [more inside]
MPA or M.S. Writing? More useful, or more engaging? I'm at a point where I am thinking about my advanced degree choices, and would love some input and advice. [more inside]
I want to start a food company, similiar to Newman's Own, and donate all profits to charity. Assuming it will be profitable within a year or two, can the company be formed as a nonprofit corporation?
What are some good memoirs/stories/quotes/resources for guidance in being a community activist? [more inside]
I'm a non-profit development professional who enjoys my current job fundraising for a regional cultural organization (actually one of the largest, most stable non-profits in our area). Unfortunately, I can no longer afford the non-profit salary. Plese help direct me to the resources to find a place in the for-profit world. [more inside]
I work for a small, educational game non-profit. We have out first trade show coming up! We're looking for cool, clever booth designs. [more inside]
I need ideas and links for an eye-catching wall-mounted donation box. [more inside]
What kind of jobs should I be looking for that are women's/gender studies related? I like working on issues more than with people. [more inside]
Buying a home with 4 other adults: advice and resources needed! Buying in the Washington DC/MD area. [more inside]
What's the easiest, most secure way to move this SQL database and its browser-based front end online? [more inside]
A friend of a friend is a painter in New York state involved in a project aimed at building parks aimed at improving communication between refugees and citizens. I have been asked how he might be able to organize an entity as a not-for-profit with a profit wing to encourage both private and public contributors. Anyone know of any standard ways of doing this? [more inside]
Job-application filter: Along with my resume and cover letter, I'd like to send some (unasked-for) sample work in as part of an application for a "Director of Grants" position w/ a large family-services nonprofit. Any tips or advice on this plan? [more inside]