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A Quick Guide to Onboarding (part 2 of 2)

December 6, 2022 Human Resources
Starting a new job triggers feelings of excitement but also some level of anxiety. Haphazard or nonexistent onboarding can be detrimental. It may portray the organization negatively (as not caring about its employees) or just being lackadaisical in all its operations. However, an official onboarding plan can alleviate feelings of discomfort and point new employees in the right direction as they begin their association with you.

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.

3 Event Management Tips for Running a Safe Fundraiser

Nonprofits have long relied on fundraising events to bring in much-needed revenue for their missions—whether that’s with a walk-a-thon, a charity gala, a live auction, or another engaging get-together. And while certain events have always carried with them a certain level of liability (think: fun runs), the unfortunate reality is that in-person gatherings today are riskier than ever before.

3 Tips to Leveraging Corporate Giving in Your Fundraisers

As a fundraising professional, you know that nonprofits rely on individual donors and businesses to help push their mission forward. Conversely, companies look for more opportunities to contribute to causes that resonate with them. With experience serving more than 7,000 nonprofits, John Killoran, Founder of Snowball Fundraising, shares his expertise for working with for-profit companies to further your mission.

3 Tips to Assessing Your Nonprofit's Digital Infrastructure

May 27, 2021 Technology
Your nonprofit’s website is one of your most valuable tools for interacting with supporters and spreading the word about your organization. However, your website is more than a collection of text blocks and images! Proper website management requires more than updating old information; it necessitates taking a look at and improving your digital infrastructure as a whole.