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Recent college graduates have been setting their sights on nonprofits more than private companies for several years. To find out what the future of nonprofit hiring holds, we asked leaders from some of Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies in Not-for-Profit to help us better understand the growing need for top talent and how nonprofits will have to work to get it.
The Oregon House of Representatives passed a bill this week that would change some aspects of how class action lawsuits are handled in Oregon, against the wishes of most Republican members. On its face, the bill would require at least half the unclaimed money in a class action lawsuit to be given to the Oregon State Bar's legal aid fund and sometimes to a cause related to the subject of the suit. (For example, an environmental nonprofit in a case regarding pollution.)
Several years ago, a large European company asked Thomas M. DiBiagio to run an internal audit on its South African operations. The company suspected that something might be amiss. And it was right. In the course of the audit, he discovered about $12 million that might best be described as ill-gotten gains. DiBiagio, now a partner at the law firm Baker Botts, reported what he found to the company’s management and suggested something novel: Since the money had been earned “from aggressive business practices” the company should give it to charity.
Here's My Chance and FastFWD announced that they have been named Best City & Urban Innovation Website in the People's Voice Award Category in the 18th Annual Webby Awards. Hailed as the "Internet's highest honor" by The New York Times, the Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet.
Say you’re launching a new political campaign or organization. What’s the first way people will try to find you? They’ll go to their trusty search engine and type in your name. It’s critical that your official website shows up in the first page of results, in the top few choices above the fold if possible. How do you make that magic happen? Here are some search engine optimization tips that will help you land at the top of the heap.
America’s most generous donors are ditching the caution that marked so much of their giving as the economy stalled and are roaring back with a bevy of multimillion-dollar contributions to colleges, hospitals and other causes. The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s ranking of the 50 donors who give the most to charitable causes shows that the wealthy contributed $7.7 billion last year. That’s 4 percent more than in 2012.
The online world is full of anonymous opinions: Diners review restaurants, students rate professors, patients evaluate doctors. Now fundraisers are getting their turn. A new website, Inside Philanthropy, is asking them to “Speak Truth to Money” and say what they really think about foundations, program officers and philanthropists.
The anonymous-ratings feature is part of a broader effort by the online venture’s founder, David Callahan, to penetrate philanthropy’s inner sanctums.
Despite the emphasis on content marketing for nonprofits — crafting the right content to motivate each specific group to take the action you desire — there’s one important ingredient left out of the discussion time and time again. Copy editing — checking for spelling, grammar, consistency and accuracy. Are you investing the time and resource to polish that compelling content before you distribute it? Based on the content I see from many nonprofit organizations, the answer is “sometimes.”
The benefits of corporate donors extend beyond their monetary contributions. They give your organization a publicity boost, which can spark an increase in donations from individuals and other companies. If you are a fundraiser seeking corporate donations, here are four steps you can follow to align your nonprofit with a company’s brand, goals and mission and form an enduring alliance: 1. Know the company's background. 2. Focus on employees. 3. Keep it local. 4. Aim for ongoing collaboration.
How quickly an organization responds to a crisis and how transparent it is in its communications will determine how rapidly it will emerge from the crisis and, in some cases, its long-term survival and reputation.
Crisis communications planning is a long-term, comprehensive process. But here are a few key points to keep in mind: 1. Have a crisis communications plan. 2. Make sure your plan is updated. 3. Practice your plan on a regular basis. 4. Don't let your plan gather dust.