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A Quick Guide to Hiring and Interviewing (part 1 of 2)

November 16, 2022 Human Resources
Most leaders will agree that the engines moving them forward are their people. So, making smart hiring decisions is critical. Although all businesses have recruitment challenges (especially in the current turnover environment), nonprofits often have unique staffing issues that make it more difficult for them to find and retain exceptional talent.

5 Key Reasons and Strategies for Hiring a Fundraising Consultant

September 23, 2022 Fundraising & Development
Nonprofits are resourceful, but sometimes having an extra hand with more in-depth expertise can help you work out kinks in your organization’s strategy. Just as you invest in your organization by training your board and acquiring great employees, hiring a fundraising consultant is an incredible way to invest in your nonprofit’s success.

Helpful Resources: Grant Writing

October 7, 2022
Of the 87,142 foundations operating in the United States, 1,329 are in Washington State, and they awarded more than $3.9 billion to nonprofits in 2013. While individual gifts are an important avenue of generating revenue, the importance of grants and applying for grants cannot be ignored. We provide helpful grant writing resources and referrals that can help you raise the funds you need to support your mission.

Calling All Advocates! Learn the Rules of the Road

September 21, 2022 Policy & Legal
Nonprofits have led the charge on many of the major movements that have changed our country. Whether it’s child labor laws, food regulations, women’s right to vote, racial and LGBTQ equality laws, or employee rights – the nonprofit sector played a substantial role in giving these movements life at the grassroots level.

How to Use Your Online Giving Page to Boost Donor Retention

A donation page is a powerful tool for nonprofits. From expanding your reach to attracting new donors, your nonprofit needs a strong online presence—and this includes a well-designed donation page. However, simply bringing new donors to your page isn’t enough. You also want supporters to stick around for the long term and become recurring donors.

Online Accessibility for Beginners

August 18, 2022 Diversity & Equity Technology
With the development of so many incredible technologies available to us today, the best choices for nonprofits should keep accessibility in mind. Simply said: "When websites and web tools are properly designed and coded, people with disabilities can use them."

Nonprofit Investing Guide: Planning for the Future

July 27, 2022 Finance
As a nonprofit leader, you’ve likely spent significant time and energy planning your organization’s long-term programmatic growth. In order to put those plans into action and maximize your impact on the community, you need to take financial literacy seriously and plan for your nonprofit’s financial future.