Tag Archives: How-To

10 Tips for Delivering A Staff Training When You’re NOT A Trainer

In the nonprofit sector, there’s this joke (sort of?) that we are prone to multiple-hat syndrome: instances when we’re asked to do things that fall outside of our job description, to keep things running smoothly. This summer, I’ve definitely fallen victim.

I’ve been tasked with getting my team up to speed on our new CRM software. Though I’ve played a big role in the setup and implementation (already complicated in its own ways), training others presents an ENTIRELY different set of challenges. Continue reading

Planning Your Nonprofit Event

The Nonprofit Event Checklist: How To Plan & Rock Your Next Event

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

For attendees, they can certainly offer an engaging experience. I’ve seen people get inspired watching a student speak about their classroom experience, and I’ve even bawled hearing a keynote explain how kids use karate to cope cancer. When it comes to conveying mission and getting others onboard, there’s no doubt that nonprofit events are a must.

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Feeling Stuck? Here's How To Figure It Out

How To: Figure Things Out When You’re Feeling Stuck

I can clearly remember the times in my adult life when I felt stuck and unsure of what to do next. It happened during my senior year of college while on the job hunt, and then again a few years later when I decided to change course in my career. There were even moments in between, where personal and professional concerns overlapped all at once (and yes, I’m still working on those).

I’m going to bet that you’ve felt stuck at some point too – because the feeling is a frustrating but very normal occurrence. Continue reading

10 Tips As You Approach Your Annual Fundraiser

It’s finally spring and for many of us, things in the sector are beginning to slow down. As warm weather settles in and we start leaving the office earlier, it feels like we can FINALLY relax.

But this is only true for some of us. For others…it’s gala season. Continue reading

10 Tips for Being a Rockstar Volunteer

10 Tips for Being a Rockstar Volunteer

In the spirit of National Volunteer Week, I hope you have plans to go out and give back somewhere in the next few days. (And if you don’t, no worries. We need volunteers every week of the year.)

Volunteering can be as simple as showing up for your assignment, or it can be more. By putting our best foot forward when serving for a cause, we position ourselves to give (and get) more from our experience. Continue reading

5 Excel List Nightmares Any Nonprofit Employee Can Fix

 

No matter which department you work for at your organization, chances are that Excel spreadsheets have touched your life in one way or another.

 

If you’re like me, then you’re eager to dive into that world of cells and formulas. Or, maybe you dread it each time you see an email request with a .csv or .xlsx attachment. Continue reading