FUNdraising Good Times: Your 2015 secret to success: An assessment taskforce
Thursday, 08 January 2015 15:58
Mel and Pearl Shaw
We often start the new year with enthusiasm and high expectations, and yet by year-end so many of our great plans are unfulfilled. Will 2015 be another year of doing the same thing and expecting different results, or will this truly be a new year?
For recent college graduates, there's good news and bad news about the job market. First, the good news: Employment opportunities are on the rise. The bad news? Scammers are busy online trying to mislead and defraud job seekers of all ages. Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) reminds graduates that while eagerness to obtain an entry-level job is a good thing, it's important to be able to identify which online job postings are legitimate.
The holiday mistletoe, love songs, and New Year's Eve parties conjure up the allure – and the drama – of dating. Who are you dating? Who do you want to be dating? Who will you be dating in 2015? And, if you're married, how will you reaffirm your marriage in 2015?
FUNdraising Good Times: Year end reflections: Part two
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 16:36
Mel and Pearl Shaw
Last week we shared a little of the history of this column. We hope we conveyed why we are committed to these weekly writings, and most importantly our belief in you, our readers. While we have met very few of you in person, we hold you up before us in our minds as we write. When we have the opportunity to meet you in person we are always delighted. Now and then people come up to us in the grocery store or on the street to let us know they read our column. Others let us know when we meet in business settings. Now and then we get an email or phone call.
As 2014 comes to an end, we find ourselves reflecting on our work and this column. They are both intertwined: FUNdraising Good Times is one way we help nonprofit organizations and institutions position themselves for fundraising success. To the uninitiated, fundraising can appear either easy or hard. Confidence and fear typically drive these stances. What is needed is a healthy dose of both, and lots of planning. In our work locally and across the country we help organizations large and small build the prerequisites for fundraising success. We help bring together board members, executive directors, fundraising professionals, and volunteers for the purpose of honestly assessing where they are, what they need, and where they want to go.
(StatePoint) In your 20s, you may think you have all the time in the world to save for retirement. It can be tempting to spend your entire paycheck, particularly if you're entering the workforce and have debt or other spending priorities. This is the time to create the savings behaviors that could boost your retirement readiness in the future.