Thursday, 23 January 2014 15:06
Better Business Bureau
Tax season is here again, and the IRS says it will be emphasizing online services and automation this year to navigate the hectic tax filing season. In light of one of the most rapidly growing scams – tax identity theft – Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) encourages people to file their tax returns early in the tax filing season, if possible, which begins this year on January 31.
FUNdraising Good Times: Invest your time for fundraising returns
Thursday, 23 January 2014 15:02
Mel and Pearl Shaw
Engaged and effective nonprofit board members are the dream of board chairs and executives. "Ah, if only our board members were more engaged...." is a common refrain. "I can't keep fighting my board," is another. Board members also have concerns, "I don't know why we have board meetings: the executive makes the decisions, and expects us to rubber stamp them."
Alone in the Wilderness: Doing what's right when everyone else is doing something else
Thursday, 23 January 2014 14:54
Black History Month always brings out the bravery in me. Courage is not my strongest suit, and I usually think twice before I do anything very risky. But when I remember what other people have gone through, with no certainty that the outcome will be satisfactory, let alone safe, I am encouraged, again, to take chances, to stand up for what I know is right, and to bring others along when I can, ostensibly risking their lives, too, but doing it anyway.
NEW YORK (MainStreet.com) — Despite many efforts to beef up my income and slim down expenses, I'm still somehow broke. I only have three months to make some major changes to earn more money, spend the money I have more efficiently and save up enough to continue my adventure. To do it, I need to identify what it is about me that makes me broke.
FUNdraising Good Times: How to recruit fundraising volunteers
Tuesday, 21 January 2014 13:07
Mel and Pearl Shaw
Successful fundraising requires qualified volunteer leadership. Whether you are launching an annual campaign or a capital campaign you need a campaign chair who is committed to your cause and willing to put in the time required to achieve your fundraising goal. The ideal chair makes your goal his goal. He is well respected, has a track record of leadership in local and regional fundraising campaigns, and the financial means to make a leadership-level gift. He is someone people cannot say "no" to, and he hates to fail. He allocates the necessary time to lead and manage the campaign, and provides pro-bono services. He is comfortable making the case and asking for gifts. He both attends and leads campaign meetings, bringing out the best in others, and encouraging all to give to their capacity.
A good playlist at work is a good thing. People tapping away at keyboards all day say that music makes the day go faster and keeps them focused. Companies have known this for a long time. Before Beats, we had Muzak, soft (yawn) music piped in over a speaker above the cubicles. I once owned real estate in the form of a cubicle immediately under one of those speakers. Not for long.
Pete Rhodes, chairman, Urban Mass Media Group, executive director, Black Music America Network. Carol Maillard, Sweet Honey in the Rock. Karen L. Charles, artistic director, Threads Dance Project. Phyllis Gilliam, Sunday's Best.