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Daring to Lead 2006

The Nonprofit Consultant

CompassPoint Nonprofit Services and The Meyer Foundation have just released a new report, "Daring to Lead 2006," exploring the leading causes of nonprofit executive burnout; in particular, widespread frustration with boards of directors and funders, and dissatisfaction with their pay. In both 2001 and 2006, 75% of executive directors reported that they were planning on leaving their position within five years.

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Copper Plunges to Price Seen February 2006; Copper vs. Gold

MishTalk

Fueling the broad commodities collapse, the price of copper is now back to a level seen on February 28, 2006. click on any chart for sharper image Bloomberg notes that copper is the worst performing non-energy raw material on the Bloomberg Commodity Index ( BCOM ), which fell today to the lowest since August 2002. CRB A chart of the Reuters-Jeffries Commodities Index (heavily weighted by oil) shows commodity prices are back a level seen in February 2003.

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Flashback 2006: Senators Clinton and Obama Vote for Secure Fence Act, Bush Signs Bill

MishTalk

Inquiring minds are taking a flashback look at the Secure Fence Act of 2006 , signed by president Bush. more…). Economics

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(Re)Designing the HR Organization (Kates, Human Resource Planning, 2006)

Kates Kesler

Human Resource Planning, 2006. Amy Kates. Many HR functions have gone through the process of transformation over the past decade. This redefinition of the work of HR is intended to allow a more strategic focus on talent management and organizational capability while systematizing and controlling the cost of transactional work. Little formal consideration has been given, however, to how these new complex HR organizations should be configured to best achieve these goals.

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Study Says 20% of Mall Space Should Close to Achieve 2006 Productivity

MishTalk

One of the lingering economic debates concerns productivity growth. Despite reports we see nearly every day that robots are taking … Continue reading → Economics

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About Grant Writing Fees & Commissions

The Nonprofit Consultant

As a professional grant writer, I usually charge an hourly fee, or sometimes a flat fee per project. Never do I charge a percentage of funds received or in any other way work on spec or contingency. First off, this is just accepted professional practice in the nonprofit industry. Second, as a professional I need to be paid fairly for my work. But, most importantly, it is a matter of ethics.

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Happy New Year!

Chad Barr

So as the sun is getting ready to set on 2006, my wishes to you and your family are for a healthy, successful and prosperous new year. I just returned from a great vacation in Cancun, Mexico, where I was able to reenergize myself and capture these great sunrise and sunset pictures with my camera. Best Wishes, Chad. Sunrise from right outside my hotel balcony. Sunset from my hotel. The post Happy New Year! appeared first on The Chad Barr Group. The Best of Life

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Exert influence by keeping options available – A Tribute to Milton Friedman

Chad Barr

Milton Friedman, possibly the greatest economist of the 20th century, died on November 16, 2006, at the age of 94. With a list of remarkable accomplishments such as: winning the Nobel prize 30 years ago, writing several profound books, advisor to governments and presidents, his most important one is that of the popularization of the free-market principles – the separation between government and business.

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Bay Area nonprofits score well, Learning from SPAM, and a Happy New Year

The Nonprofit Consultant

First off, I want to thank all of my readers and subscribers for your support in 2006. This has been a great year, and I've been very pleased with the reaction to this blog since starting it a few months ago. Second, I apologize for having taken a slightly longer than anticipated break during the holidays, but there was a bit of family business that needed my attention. All is well and good now, and I am looking forward to a great and productive 2007. On to the news.

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What’s your call to action?

Chad Barr

Chad Barr 2006. The way to increase the chances that your web visitors receive the value from your site and contact you is through your call to action. Each page must have a defined call to action or multiples. Here are some you may want to include on your sites and newsletters: Contact us (call /email / fax). Sign up today. Join our mailing list. Purchase product / service. Learn more. Take survey. Join our online forum. Download article (white paper, CD, MP3, PDF).

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Nonprofit Times Honors Hate Monger

The Nonprofit Consultant

Each year the Nonprofit Times, a trade publication for those of us in the public benefit sector, releases its "Power and Influence Top 50" - The 2006 honor roll was released this week, and I am shocked and insulted by one of the additions to this year's list. Take this excerpt from his June 2006 newsletter : "This effort represented an audacious attempt to reshape the beliefs and attitudes of an entire generation, beginning with the youngest and most vulnerable.

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Regifting is Good!

The Nonprofit Consultant

Last week, I received an email from Ashley Gatewood of MissionFish.org saying, in part: Since the holidays are now over, we’re encouraging people to consider regifting items they received but don’t have a use for by selling them on eBay and donating the sale to a nonprofit. It can also be a great way for people who got a new item, like a digital camera, to turn the older model into funds for their favorite cause.

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Doing it the old fashioned way

The Nonprofit Consultant

Nancy Schwartz of the Getting Attention blog had a great and simple post the other day: Don't Forget to Call. As Nancy points out, those of us who blog on nonprofit topics often get so hung up on pointing out new technologies and nifty tools for reaching more people, or different people, or doing it all quicker, that we often forget to point out the obvious: What we already know works.

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Change One Thing

The Nonprofit Consultant

This is a story about about how the Internet brings people closer together. This is an example of why political borders are becoming increasingly insignificant. This is a demonstration of how a web 2.0 community like YouTube can be used to aid an individual or a family without the help of intermediary organizations or governments. Enough of an introduction, let's get on with it.

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Welcome to Capaciteria

The Nonprofit Consultant

Capaciteria? Yes, Capaciteria, "Serving up peer-rated nonprofit capacity resources 24/7." According the site's home page, Capaciteria is. a comprehensive, searchable database directory of administrative resources that help nonprofits leverage their own capacity. It promotes peer review because MEMBERS can comment on and rate individual resource links as well as add useful new links.

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How serious are you about your business?

Chad Barr

We get many inquiries over the web, via email, the phone and regular mail, from people interested in our products and services. Here are some of the more amateurish mistakes people make: 1. No contact information such as address and phone number in their email signature. See my email signature example here. No contact information such as phone number or address on their web site. View our web site and notice the bottom of each page. No easy to find “ contact us ” tab on their web site.

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Genius photographer and lesson learned

Chad Barr

I am always astonished to discover great innovation and genius wisdom. Upon my recent visit to Las Vegas where I got to deliver my Internet presentation, I also had the opportunity of visiting The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art where I got to see the photographs of the great Ansel Adams. It is absolutely amazing what he was able to accomplish with the early cameras of early 20th century.

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The future of online fundraising

The Nonprofit Consultant

I received an email from a college student asking if he could interview me about ePhilanthropy and the future of online fundraising. The questions gave me an opportunity to think creatively about the application of some web 2.0 concepts, such as tagging and feeds, and how they can improve our practices. His questions and my answers follow. Let me know what you think. > * How did Internet change the way nonprofits fundraise?

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Saving trees or the ultimate hypocrisy

Chad Barr

If this is not one of the ultimate hypocrisies, then I do not know what one is. My wife turned in her Saab for a Lexus some time ago. We just got this printed Saab postcard soliciting their service yet claiming to save our trees. If Saab was so concerned with our trees, wouldn’t you think they would have email or use the phone instead of sending this printed postcard? Front of card. Back of card. The post Saving trees or the ultimate hypocrisy appeared first on The Chad Barr Group. Marketing

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Joining a Nonprofit Board of Directors: The Why and How of It

The Nonprofit Consultant

(This is another older article that I'm posting to the blog to add it to the archives. This one was written for the January 2004 edition of "The Learning Curve" - The monthly newsletter of the Silicon Valley Chapter of ASTD (American Society for Training and Development). Perhaps you have had some experience giving your time and efforts to local nonprofit organizations, but find something lacking in the experience.

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The Temporality of Digital Knowledge and Copyright Bozos

The Nonprofit Consultant

Pam Ashlund of the Nonprofit Eye Blog has a new posting about " the Temporality of Digital Knowledge " - the notion that for all the wonderful online information we have at our fingertips, the idea that the Internet is a permanent repository of information is a false one. How many times have you gone to your bookmarks to find a particular reference and landed at a blank screen marked, "401 Error - page not found"?

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How generous is your state?

The Nonprofit Consultant

Thanksgiving is done with (hope yours was peaceful and happy), and we're now officially into the Holiday Season. That means plenty to each of us personally, of course, but as nonprofit professionals it also means quite a bit work-wise as well. As you hope for the best return on that holiday pitch you should have already prepared, and as you get set for those final big asks of the year, you might want to see where your state stands in the new state-by-state assessment of charitable giving.

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What are we compaining about?

The Nonprofit Consultant

According to a new report from the Urban Institute, the growth of the nonprofit sector has outpaced the growth of the economy over the past decade. The report says that, "While the nation's gross domestic product grew by an inflation-adjusted 36.6 percent from 1994 to 2004, the nonprofit sector's revenues increased 61.5 percent." So why are we always whining about needing more? Probably because all that growth and resources is concentrated in hospitals and universities.

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What about that election last week?

The Nonprofit Consultant

I generally try to keep politics out of this blog (not always successful), but I thought this was an interesting short article in the Philanthropy News Digest: Nonprofit Leaders Weigh Impact of Election. The article tackles the question of whether or not the incoming Democratic Congress would be "better for the nonprofit sector" than the exiting Republicans. The short answer is, "marginally."

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Care2 join an online community?

The Nonprofit Consultant

I've written before about nonprofits using MySpace and YouTube and other mass market social networking platforms. One of the complaints about these sites is that the users are not really there to look for volunteer or philanthropic opportunities. Most users are there for fun, networking, or just killing time. What if I told you about an online community that was designed to link nonprofit organizations to people who are looking for action opportunities? Would you give that a try?

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Get younger, wealthier, (better looking?) donors online

The Nonprofit Consultant

Network for Good, an online service that facilitates online charitable donations, has just released a report looking in detail at $100,000 in online giving to 23,000 nonprofits. Some of what stands out from the results are the differences between online and offline donors: they're younger and more generous.

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Carnival of the Nonprofit Consultants

The Nonprofit Consultant

Welcome to the Carnival of the Nonprofit Consultants. This traveling carnival was started by Kivi Leroux Miller of the Writing911.com Nonprofit Communications Blog to bring you the best postings on nonprofit issues each week. This week I am honored to be the guest host. Soul Resources starts us off with Sacred cow tipping - Making a difference. The sacred cow in question? "An An individual can't make a difference" - well worthy of tipping this day before elections.

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The Carnival Is Coming (again)

The Nonprofit Consultant

On Monday I will again be hosting the Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants. For those who are not familiar with the blog carnival concept, it is a collection of the best posts on a particular subject (in this case, nonprofit management and fundraising) from the previous week. If you have a post you'd like to submit, there's still a few hours left to submit your blog by clicking here and following this link. Be sure to come back on Monday to join us at the carnival! I promise lots of good reading.

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Why have a web site at all?

Chad Barr

Is your web site generating results for you? Here are the three most important development business site objectives (desired outcomes): 1. Increase business and gain new clients. Improve your image, brand and credibility. Make it easier to do business with you. Either implement the proper strategy to accomplish all three or ask yourself whether your strategy is working. To read the other 50 reasons why develop a web site, click here. The post Why have a web site at all?

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Maximizing Volunteer Impact

The Nonprofit Consultant

According to the 2006 Deloitte / Points of Light Volunteer IMPACT Study , you're probably missing the boat. Are you fully utilizing your volunteers skills? Are you putting volunteers in positions where they can use their professional skills most effectively, or are you having asking lawyers to sweep up? The study found that the "vast majority of non-profit organizations are not capitalizing on the valuable professional skills of their volunteers."

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Pressing our buttons.

The Nonprofit Consultant

Stewart James, of Inside Collin County Business , writes that: American's trust and confidence in nonprofits is alarmingly low. Confidence in charitable organizations stands roughly 10 to 15 percent lower today than it did in the summer of 2001. Today, nonprofits need to operate like a business. Budgeting funds is a must, along with executing careful and appropriate fund raising with outcome measures in place to asses its use of funds and success.

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Good news for your donors

The Nonprofit Consultant

Here's a real benefit that you can sell your donors when explaining what they get for supporting your organization: A good feeling! Researchers, writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , have scientifically proven that charitable giving activates the brain's reward center. Known as the mesolimbic pathway, the reward center is responsible for the euphoria associated with sex, money, food, and drugs.

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Customer service at its best

Chad Barr

I love my Bose QuietComfort2 Headphones product and won’t use anything else in first class due to peer pressure. :~). When I first broke it about a year ago, the local store immediately exchanged it for a new headset – no questions asked. When breaking this new headset again several weeks ago, I had to send it to Bose Corporation since the local store did not have them in stock. I just received my brand new headphones from Bose, no questions asked.

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How do you balance productivity with technology and life balance?

Chad Barr

Several weeks ago I drove down to Cincinnati to attend a workshop by Edward Tufte. During the four hour drive I managed to: Conduct productive prospect and client conferences, listen to one of my business learning CDs, and enjoy my satellite radio with Jazz, classical, news and other selections. Next day, Friday evening, driving back to Cleveland and about 20 minutes south of Columbus I felt ready for a great meal. Dial AmEX” I said.

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Goodbye Miriam

The Nonprofit Consultant

I just got word that the nonprofit world has lost a great friend, co-worker, and champion. On the 17th of this month, Miriam Engelberg lost her long battle with cancer. I first met Miriam during my time with HandsNet and knew she was somebody special. I got to know her much better once I joined the CompassPoint Nonprofit Services staff, where she was a technology consultant, teacher, and the artist/writer behind CompassPoint's in-house comic strip Planet 501c3.

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I am Speaking in Las Vegas

Chad Barr

“How to Leverage the Internet to Dramatically Grow Your Business” is the topic I will be presenting and speaking about during The Odd Couple Seminar in Las Vegas on 11/18/2006. Alan Weiss and Patricia Fripp will be presenting how to market yourself as a speaker. Click on the image below to view the video postcard from Patricia Fripp. Hope to see you there. The post I am Speaking in Las Vegas appeared first on The Chad Barr Group. Speaking

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Posting annual reports online and donor poachers

The Nonprofit Consultant

I heard an interesting comment from another consultant this afternoon that I'm not sure I agree with. The topic was nonprofit annual reports, and whether or not yours should be posted on your web site. For a long time we were all recommending this. Digital annual reports were a part of the paperless society all this technology was supposed to be working towards.

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Keywords selection and implementation

Chad Barr

Improving your ranking in the various search engines has much to do with your keywords utilization. Keep the following in mind: 1. Select the ones people search for. Place near the top & rest of page. Place in “H” heading tags. Use in bold and italic. Place into bullet lists. Repeat on page. The post Keywords selection and implementation appeared first on The Chad Barr Group. Internet Marketing

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Optimizing your site – What are the successful components?

Chad Barr

Below are 10 components to include in your site strategy to improve search engines ranking: 1. Useful, valuable, Content rich. Keywords selection. Title (40 – 60 char). Description meta tag (up to 250 char). Keywords meta tag (up to 12 words). Site map. More text less graphics and use ALT tag in existing graphics. Genuine links to your site and on your site. Register in Search Engines and Directories. Make sure your site is indexed. More detail explanation in my future postings. Stay tuned.

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Disaster Fundraising

The Nonprofit Consultant

No, I'm not talking about fundraisers that turned into disasters. I'm talking about fundraising for a disaster. If you haven't run such a campaign for your nonprofit, you are certainly aware of the massive fundraising pitches that go out on the heals of any natural or man-made disaster.