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Dec 22nd

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FUNdraising Good Times: Simplifying financial aid

FUNdraising Good Times: Simplifying financial aidTrying to receive financial aid for college? How do you feel when completing the ten page FAFSA (Free Application for Financial Student Aid) form? Could reducing it to two questions improve the process? Senators Alexander (TN) and Bennett (CO) believe more students could pursue a college education if the form were simplified. They want to reduce FAFSA to a postcard that asks two questions: What is your family size? And, what was your household income two years ago? Using earlier tax data – and a simple "look up" table – would let students know how much financial aid they are eligible for when they start looking at colleges.
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FUNdraising Good Times: Five out-of-the-box interview questions

FUNdraising Good Times: Five out-of-the-box interview questionsIf you need to hire a fundraising professional you are in good company. This is one of the hardest positions to fill. It is even harder to retain a talented fundraiser. We have written extensively on these topics over the years because they are a major issue confronting the nonprofit sector.
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Should I cancel other interviews?

Should I cancel other interviews?Penny writes, "I just got a job offer! Should I cancel the other interviews I had scheduled for this week?"

Yes! Or maybe not.
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Payday loans can lead to debt spiral

Payday loans can lead to debt spiralShort-term loans may be useful but should be used sparingly

With many consumers still on shaky financial footing after the Great Recession, some choose to explore payday loans, be it from a brick and mortar store or through an online payday lender. While there are certainly instances where payday loans can help bridge small financial gaps, Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) is warning consumers that it's important to have a plan in place to pay off such loans quickly and to be sure to research the payday lender before agreeing to such loans.
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FUNdraising Good Times: Five things to consider before you accept a fundraising position

FUNdraising Good Times: Five things to consider before you accept a fundraising positionThe possibility of a new position as a fund development or fundraising professional brings excitement and anticipation. A new position could mean the opportunity to "finally" put one's professional skills to use. Maybe with a new position there will be greater opportunities to implement best practices and to meet – or even exceed – goals. Maybe, and maybe not. There are so many variables that impact a professional's ability to work his or her craft, most of which are beyond their control. If you are considering a new position don't let the allure of "greener pastures" keep you from researching your potential employer. Here are five things to consider before accepting a fundraising position.
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FUNdraising Good Times: So you want to launch an ice-bucket challenge of your own...

FUNdraising Good Times: So you want to launch an ice-bucket challenge of your own...Last week we focused on the excitement – and revenue! – generated by the ALS Foundation's "ice bucket challenge." We're talking millions and millions of dollars. And we imagine your nonprofit organization or college is thinking "why didn't we think of that?!" Or maybe a board member has approached your executive or development director with a request launch your own challenge.
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Car Review: 2015 Dodge Challenger

Car Review: 2015 Dodge ChallengerPORTLAND, Ore. – We came to the City of Roses to test drive the 2015 Dodge Challenger. But that was really a misnomer. Yes, we drove the Challenger, well three of them, but the real news here was brand expansion rooted in horsepower.
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