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3 Things You Must Do When Taking a Major Career Leap

Erin Zaikis | Posted 03.26.2015 | Business
Erin Zaikis

Two years ago I was working a run of the mill real estate job in midtown Manhattan. Today I'm running a nonprofit that funds hygiene and sanitation programs in 4 different countries. Pretty crazy, huh?

How I Profit from My Nonprofit Career

Abby Daniels | Posted 03.26.2015 | Impact
Abby Daniels

"Do-gooders" may still be "do-gooders" but they're also professionals. We're writers, software developers, systems analysts, scientists, marketers, educators and yes, engineers.

"The Amazing Green Team" Paying It Forward In Memory of James "JB" Benton

Tenille Livingston | Posted 03.26.2015 | Impact
Tenille Livingston

Ashley Benton, the founder and Ceo of "The Green Team," is definitely at the top of my list as one of the most amazing women I know. Benton is paying it forward by giving back to her local community and providing essential needs to needy families and abroad.

Non-Profits and Social Media: Turning Offline Events into Online Engagement

Tulani Elisa | Posted 03.26.2015 | Impact
Tulani Elisa

What's better than you telling your own story? Other people (correctly) telling your story. This is why you should consider taking your social media strategy offline.

Driving High-Impact Through More Strategic Partnerships

Steve Delfin | Posted 03.18.2015 | Impact
Steve Delfin

As an organization that sits at the nexus of employer-charity interactions, America's Charities sees how both employers and charities are struggling with this new reality as evidenced by our 2014 Snapshot Report.

6 Leadership Lessons Corporate Leaders Can Learn From Nonprofits

Ellevate | Posted 03.17.2015 | Women

I always take a moment of reflection, particularly after a crisis, to reevaluate my organization's approach.This sense of clarity about my mission and values helps me build relationships with partners and donors and unite everyone involved around a shared goal.

Do Directors View Their Nonprofit Boards Through Rose-Colored Glasses?

Eugene Fram | Posted 03.15.2015 | Business
Eugene Fram

Having served as a volunteer director, board chair and consultant, I am often tempted to call it the nonprofit "mistake." It is, in some instances, a perception that may blindside the director and stunt the growth potential of the organization.

These Students Are Changing the Perception of Fraternities and Sororities. Here's How.

Ben Lamson | Posted 03.12.2015 | Impact
Ben Lamson

The horrifying video coming out of the University of Oklahoma's Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity has put the entire collegiate Greek system under a microscope.

Culture Can Help Align Values With Actions: Interview with Tom David

Kathleen P. Enright | Posted 03.11.2015 | Impact
Kathleen P. Enright

In any organization, culture can help align values with actions. It can provide a shared sense of coherence. It helps establish and maintain appropriate standards of behavior and productivity across the organization and may simplify the task of integrating new staff into their jobs.

Paul Blumenthal

Republicans And Iran Deal Opponents Are Funded By The Same Mega-Donors | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Congress last week, making his case against the deal the U.S. and partner nations...

Top of the Food Chain: How Women Are Helping Each Other Lead the Food and Farming Sector

Kathleen Frith | Posted 03.09.2015 | Green
Kathleen Frith

The fact that men, almost without exception, led the environmental movement came somewhat as a surprise to me. I had formed the false assumption that conservation work was one area that naturally offered more equitable women leadership. It still doesn't.

4 Non-Profits That Empower Black Girls

Nancy Laws | Posted 03.09.2015 | Black Voices
Nancy Laws

There are so many non-profits out there, sometimes it is challenging to find one that you would like to support, and as a mom to 3 extraordinary brown girls, it is important to me that I support organizations that help to build, encourage and empower young black girls within our communities.

Independent Sector Should Stop Pushing Self-Regulation

Pablo Eisenberg | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics
Pablo Eisenberg

Asking nonprofits to voluntarily transform their behavior has done little to stomp out the biggest problems in the nonprofit world. The only way to end bad behavior is to pass more stringent laws and to put teeth into enforcing them. That's what Independent Sector should have been asking for when it visited Congress.

Is There Truth in the Statement That ALL Nonprofits Are Actually Businesses?

Eugene Fram | Posted 03.08.2015 | Business
Eugene Fram

Many nonprofit boards, managers and staff figuratively stand ten feet tall for what they accomplish. They deserve to have the appropriate tools used by business boards and business managers to do their jobs.

Who's Ready for an Alternative Spring Break?

Perla Ni | Posted 03.05.2015 | Impact
Perla Ni

In the dead of winter, who doesn't daydream about the upcoming spring break or summer vacation? Did you ever consider planning an "alternative break," donating your time and energy to a community needing help while having fun?

College Owner: Greed Is Good

Robert Shireman | Posted 03.04.2015 | Business
Robert Shireman

While Arthur Keiser exposed his own abuse of nonprofit rules, he does not win the prize for honesty in IRS reporting by fake nonprofit colleges. That claim to fame goes to Carl Barney, owner of several colleges including a data-processing vocational school he patriotically renamed College America.

Child Poverty Exists In Silicon Valley, Too. Here's Who's Helping Often-Overlooked Kids

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.24.2015 | Impact

Jorge Valencia is from Silicon Valley. But his daily life couldn't be further from those "basically swimming in gold" not even five miles away. "Th...

A Nonprofit That Isn't

Robert Shireman | Posted 03.03.2015 | College
Robert Shireman

Federal aid is not supposed to go to colleges that are not responsible and capable in handling it. The admissions these college owners have made to the IRS are enough; there is no reason to wait for an IRS audit. Taxpayers do not need to put up with this.

5 Things You Didn't Know About Philanthropy

Jean Case | Posted 03.02.2015 | Impact
Jean Case

Some might say we have a bit of branding problem -- or maybe we simply need to embrace the real meaning and challenge one another to practice a sort of "everyday giving" -- where all individuals do their part.

Better Investment In Social Impact Starts With These 4 Questions

Joseph Agoada | Posted 02.26.2015 | Impact
Joseph Agoada

By taking into account all possible outcomes and consequences, including those unintended or indirect, social impact investments can be insured the greatest impact.

Let's Talk About Saving Central America

Kassia Binkowski | Posted 02.25.2015 | Impact
Kassia Binkowski

In rural Guatemalan communities, less than 10 percent of students finish high school. This isn't the product of laziness or apathy. These desperate statistics are nothing more than the result of a fundamentally broken and exclusionary education system.

SMIRF's Up in LA

John E. Kobara | Posted 02.24.2015 | Impact
John E. Kobara

Philanthropy has a small amount of financial capital, so leveraging it with all of the other resources available to us is vital. Ambassador Joseph gave us more inspiration and the framework to advance the role of philanthropy in our community.

Rauner's Illinois Pension Plan a Budget 'Booby Trap'?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.23.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Back in December, Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner said Democrats had concocted a "booby-trap budget" that would detonate just as he took office. He was right. But is Rauner setting another trap with a new pension reform plan he proposed last week? Rich Miller of Capitol Fax explains.

Demonstrating Love Through the Newest Languages Human Beings Know

Laura Wellington | Posted 02.19.2015 | Technology
Laura Wellington

"Programming" languages might seem devoid of heart when standing on their own, but put them together with the human heart and the outpouring of love that will arise is unquantifiable.

'Now I'm One of Them': Michigan Teacher Survives Life on the Street

Kenneth Estelle | Posted 02.18.2015 | Impact
Kenneth Estelle

With support from Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank and a local homeless shelter, Dana Knight overcame homelessness with her health and dignity intact. For several months this past fall, Dana lived in the strange world of victimization and kindness that hundreds of Grand Rapids' homeless live in every day.