Service Sector Snapshot: News and Tips for Nonprofits (July 2014)
Posted Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 by Verified Volunteers Staff
In the ever-changing world of nonprofit organizations, it’s difficult to keep up with all of the latest developments that might impact your programs – and the resources available to you. Last month, we launched our new Service Sector Snapsot June 2014 series to offer a quick recap of the latest nonprofit news, with the goal of providing tips and tools to help your organization increase efficiency and effectiveness.
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Tips and Tools for Nonprofit Managers
Relevance of Your Organization
Is your organization a voice of authority when it comes to your issue or cause? While certain nonprofit organizations or programs may be viewed as “trendy,” relevant organizations are those that can intelligently speak to an issue and are connected with news and events concerning that issue or cause. This article from Philanthropy News Digest describes what it means for an organization to be “relevant” and what nonprofit leaders can do to increase their relevance and position of expertise in their community.
Effective Executive Onboarding
Has your organization recently hired a new director or executive manager? Onboarding new leadership for your nonprofit is a critical component of setting your organization up for future growth and success. This blog post discusses the importance of providing new leadership with the information and skills they need to transition into their role and gives tips for effectively onboarding them into your organization.
We all know that volunteers are key to the service sector – they help our causes and organizations create more of an impact at a lesser cost and are often our greatest advocates. But what happens when a volunteer makes a mistake or is negligent while serving with you? Often, the organization is liable. This article from the Nonprofit Times outlines the conditions that determine whether liability lies with the individual volunteer or the nonprofit organization.
News in the Service Sector
- Study: Donors Want Workplace Giving Accountability
- House Passes Bill Designed to Encourage Gifts to Charity
- Background checks now mandatory for Montana school bus drivers
- Family comes home after volunteering during cross country road trip
- A Lifelong Volunteer Expands His Reach with the Help of UPS
- Is the Death of Corporate Philanthropy Exaggerated?
- IRS changes process to speed up nonprofit status approval
Making a Difference
A great reminder: volunteers of all ages and backgrounds can provide valuable contributions to a cause. With many baby boomers retired or approaching retirement, several skilled and hardworking retirees are dedicating their time to service. This article from the Huffington Post describes a group of senior retirees from the York, PA chapter of Habitat for Humanity who volunteer their time to build homes for community members in need. Their service allows the group to make an impact in their community and build relationships with other volunteers.