10 Easy, Affordable Ways to Add Flare To Your Nonprofit’s Event

Event planning isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.

There are so many moving pieces to consider; from the small details that need constant attention, to the big picture visioning that’s all too easy to forget when you’re in the weeds. And if ‘event’ isn’t part of your job title — the case for many of us in nonprofit — forget about it. This all becomes 10x harder!

Fortunately, it’s possible to pull together an event and make it great. Once you’ve organized your massive to-do list, Continue reading

The Nonprofit Event Checklist: Plan & Rock Your Next Event

Events are the double-edged sword of the nonprofit world.

On the one hand, they bring people into the fold of your org’s work. I’ve seen a student move a room of 500 people by sharing his classroom experience. I have BAWLED listening to an ED talk about kids using karate to cope with cancer. There’s no denying that events are a great engagement mechanism.

Still, that doesn’t make them easy.

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25 Habits To Move Up From Your Entry-Level Job (Part 2)

Whether you’ve been at your nonprofit job for 2 months or 2 years, it’s natural to wonder what the future holds. Sure this entry-level job will cut it for now, but don’t we all want that big, shiny promotion?

That’s why we work with an eye towards the future.  When we have a vision of where we want to be in our careers, we become more deliberate in the steps we take to get there. Even our small, daily work habits can help us put our best foot forward and show the people in our nonprofit that we mean business (sector pun).

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How to Move Up from your Entry-Level Nonprofit Job (Part 1)

*This post is the first in a two-part series on how to advance from your entry-level nonprofit role into the next phase of your  career. Check out the second part here.*

When you’re just starting out in the nonprofit sector – or your career – it’s easy to start imagining how your role might evolve. You may be a coordinator or associate now (common terms for the most entry-level roles in nonprofit), but you’ve got great ideas. And you’ve got dreams of moving up the ladder.

As you should.

Organizations benefit from ambitious employees, particularly if they’re jazzed about both the mission and their future at an organization. Your head is in the right space.

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How to Find & Pitch Your Next Conference Trip

For the ambitious nonprofit professional who wants to master their craft, conferences are the way to go. A conference can be a great opportunity to expand your skills,  build your professional network, and learn new knowledge to propel your organization forward. As someone who personally loves learning, they really are my jam.

That said, not all conferences are made equal. And not all employers are jumping to send us there.

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