Cat's Away: This manager might need to hire a babysitter
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 14:50
Who Works when the Boss is at the Beach? Everyone except the boss, right? They should, anyway. But sometimes, it does not work out the way the manager hopes. Sometimes, in smaller companies or in standalone departments, people forget that even while the boss is away, everyone else has a paycheck - and possibly vacation days of their own - to earn.
FUNdraising Good Times: Comprehensive campaign pursues multiple goals
Thursday, 13 March 2014 12:51
Mel and Pearl Shaw
Part one of a two part series
Do you need to raise money for your nonprofit? If you answer "yes", you are in good company. Fundraising is critical for most nonprofits and it takes time to build relationships that generate the revenue needed to operate. Organizing your fundraising into a campaign with specific financial goals and timelines is one way to focus on revenue and invite others to join you in fundraising.
"It was a dark and stormy night." Many stories start out with a line like that. Unoriginal, and, if you choose to read on, you might hope for a more interesting, satisfying ending. I thought of the line while driving across Wisconsin for a kids' dance competition. We started the road trip on a bright and cloudless afternoon. A stop at Target slowed us down, as did a midday traffic jam downtown. Snow, ice and a closed highway loomed ahead and pretty soon our bright and clear day had become a dangerously snowstormy night. We wrapped up the four hour drive... eight hours later. Relieved, I texted a friend to say, "Made it."
FUNdraising Good Times: Four ways to grow your alumni association
Monday, 10 March 2014 15:01
Mel and Pearl Shaw
Part two of a two part series on alumni fundraising
Alumni associations offer memberships and raise funds for the colleges and universities they are associated with. Many are independent nonprofit organizations, others operate as part of the institution's alumni relations department. Some colleges have both an alumni relations department and an independent alumni association. Sometimes alumni fundraising efforts are coordinated, sometimes they are haphazard, and other times there is overt conflict between alumni and their alma mater. In our work with colleges and alumni we witness the good, the bad and the ugly. Here are four suggestions for how to grow your alumni association's fundraising program.
Kennedy had a job interview and wants to know, "Do people send paper thank you notes anymore? Or would that seem archaic?" I have been casually asking around about this for the past two years. Overwhelmingly, the answer is Yes. And No.
Monday, 03 March 2014 16:07
Frank S. Washington, NNPA Columnist
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Although they call it a sport utility vehicle, the 2014 Toyota Highlander is a midsize unibody constructed utility vehicle. In other words, it is a crossover utility vehicle or CUV, and it had three rows of seat. This all new rendition of the Highlander is the third generation and the vehicle has done well for Toyota. It sold 129,000 units in 2013. What's more, it has a 40 percent customer retention rate.
FUNdraising Good Times: Three keys to building a successful alumni relations program
Monday, 03 March 2014 16:03
Mel and Pearl Shaw
Colleges and universities look to alumni for financial support. If you attended or graduated from college you likely receive fundraising solicitations from your alma mater. Some colleges excel at engaging their alumni and raising money from them. Their programs have been built over generations: first year students are encouraged to set alumni giving as a personal goal. Other institutions such as community colleges are newer to engaging alumni. Many historically black colleges and universities also face challenges.