Ah, Aries. You looked at one of the massive problems facing our planet and decided “You know what? How hard can it possibly be to give people nets? You get a net, you get a person, bingo bango - malaria is solved!” You even got yourself a grant. Except, now you need more people and your cousin Derek can’t learn how to do everything. It’s ok. Take a breath, and remember that it’s ok to collaborate remotely. Trust that there are people who are (almost) as passionate as you, who have spent years learning their trade. Also, it’s probably time to concede that not everyone who works for you must run the Gauntlet of a thousand trials. Also-also, it’s probably illegal.
The new hot topic in technology these days is ethics.
Topics: The Modern Nonprofit
Once upon a time, I wore all the hats. Before my team grew in size, if some task required skills beyond our expertise, I dug in, googled my way to a quasi-confident level of knowledge, did it myself, and hoped for good results. Not, mind you, because I wanted to, but because I didn’t see any other choice.
Topics: Case Study
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In 2018, nonprofit rockstars helped their communities navigate hurricanes, scandal, and violence. “Justice” was declared the word of the year, according to Merriam-Webster, and a lot of good things happened, too. As we always do, we went into the fray, built up our collective muscles for change-making, and led the charge to make the world a way better place because we know it can be. In 2019, we’ll see some of the foundations we’ve been building sprout results and spark movement. Here are 5 trends we predict will impact our impact-makers in 2019:
1. More people will see the awesome power of nonprofits and step up to serve.
At the time of writing this article, the United States government is in Day 29 of a partial shutdown, the longest in the nation’s history (Update: 2019 government shutdown lasted a total of 35 days). Public faith in government is at a historic low, and people are generally uncertain what the future will hold -- who will take care of peoples’ critical needs, security, and our environment?
We will, of course. We, meaning the American people. At our best, it’s what we do: We step up, in one form or another -- whether that means taking on challenging but fulfilling careers in the nonprofit sector or getting up early with your kids to go pick up litter on the trail because park staff were sent home during the shutdown.
Lily Tomlin famously said, “I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody.” People are starting to realize they are somebody, too. And if they’re smart, nonprofits can funnel this energy into greatness.
What this means for Nonprofit Marketing, Volunteer, and Development Pros:I know. Nonprofits have been coming to the rescue, filling gaps in the market since the dawn of our existence. But now is the time for those critical efforts to be seen. Really seen. So get ready to capitalize on your community’s can-do spirit! Offer unique opportunities to get involved that give people a sense of power. If you work for an organization serving a cause impacted by the shutdown or its aftermath, rally a group of volunteers (like these awesome folks) and give them the chance to work out their frustrations with the current situation through service. Then, send out a press release and post on social media to showcase your efforts and use the interest in the stories of the shutdown to get a light shining on your amazing work. When you empower people and show them they have the capacity to control what happens here, they’ll become your greatest allies, volunteers, and donors.
Lots have changed in social media fundraising. New algorithms pop up on what seems like the daily, just when you think you have cracked your engagement right. And yet, nonprofit communicators can't afford to ignore these changes.
No matter what your work status, be it full-timer, freelancer, or somewhere in-between I think we can all agree that taxes are THE WORST. Sure they pay for important things like roads, and schools, and a variety of other things that our society needs to function, but at times they can seem needlessly complicated and difficult to get right. Oftentimes freelancers feel the sting of tax woes more than most folks because they are more likely to have a much more complicated tax situation than others. Fear not dear American taxpayer, there’s hope for you yet! Knowledge is in fact, power, and the better you can arm yourself with the right knowledge about taxes, the better off you will be.