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The financial crisis is causing significant shifts in the nonprofit job market. What do these shifts mean to you — and what should you be doing to advance your career in the current market?

Read the transcript from a Live Discussion at The Chronicle of Philanthropy's web site.

There is also a related article called Rethinking Nonprofit Jobs about how nonprofits are being more creative with staffing strategies due to the bad economy.




By DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP
The Associated Press
Friday, November 21, 2008; 11:43 AM

 

SEATTLE -- As more Americans turn to charity amid worsening economic gloom, operators of food banks and other aid groups are relying on the surprisingly resilient generosity of their neighbors and finding that even when times are tough, people still give.

In Seattle, Boeing Co. employees tripled their cash donations this year to Northwest Harvest, operator of Washington's largest food bank. And every week, Northwest Harvest spokeswoman Claire Acey says, companies call to say their employees have decided to skip their holiday party and buy food for the hungry instead.

"We see things like that and they are little beacons of hope," Acey said.

Read more...

Do you think Alaskans are still giving despite the economic "meltdown?"




The Nonprofit Assistance Fund in Minneapolis compiled a useful list of links about surviving tough economic times for nonprofits. They also include a slide show titled: "Understanding & Weathering the Economic Downturn."

Access the resource list here.




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Pamela Hartigan, co-author of The Power of Unreasonable People: How Social Entrepreneurs Create Markets That Change the World, is blogging a 5-part series about social enterprises on the Harvard's Center for Public Leadership blog .

You can read her first two posts:

1. Time and Leverage

and

2. Learn from the Experts - They're Not Who You Think

Or check out her book .

Book review excerpt:

Capitalism is a very mutable, flexible beast, and what we re seeing is social entrepreneurs addressing some of these social challenges in profoundly different ways than traditional nonprofit organizations, said John Elkington, co-author with Pamela Hartigan of The Power of Unreasonable People: How Social Entrepreneurs Create Markets that Change the World, a new book that was handed out last month to attendees at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. --The New York Times, February 24, 2008



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Over at the Donor Power blog (tagline: "Fundraising as if donors mattered, for fundraisers who get it"), there is an amusing - if somewhat pointed - blog post about nonprofit ads that just should not have happened. 

The recent ads skewered by the blogger are from Goodwill in the States in British Humanist Association in the UK.

Check out the ads in question here ...

And check out the rest of the blog as well.




The new CEO of NPR will certainly change the face of public radio. Expect to see much more use of multimedia, personalization tools, blogs, and more social media on NPR.org.

 From the New York Times:

Vivian Schiller, who heads the online operations of The New York Times, will leave the paper to become the president and chief executive of National Public Radio, the network announced on Tuesday.

Ms. Schiller, 47, will take over NPR on Jan. 5, heading a nonprofit corporation with a budget of more than $150 million and an endowment of more than $240 million. It provides news and entertainment programming to more than 800 public radio stations around the country and claims an audience of 26 million people.

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Here is an interesting report from W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The report is titled: How Getting More Systematic about Innovation Could Improve Philanthropy and Increase Social Impact.

The report outlines the importance of being more systematic about innovation in both the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors.

You can download a copy of the executive summary and the full report .

 




Two key Internal Revenue Service officials today pledged that the agency will continue efforts to ensure that tax-exempt organizations are following federal laws.

“We are going to continue to insist that the sector is squeaky clean,” Douglas Shulman, the commissioner of Internal Revenue, told attendees at Independent Sector’s annual meeting, in Philadelphia.

Read more...




By Debra E. Blum

More than one-third of American charities say they have collected fewer dollars so far this year than in 2007, nearly double the share that saw such declines last year, according to a new survey.

What’s more, almost half of the charities that say they rely heavily on end-of-year gifts expect donations to be down for the rest of the year, the survey found.

GuideStar, a Williamsburg, Va., nonprofit organization that makes data about charities available to the public, surveyed more than 2,700 nonprofit groups about their fund raising during the first nine months of 2008.

READ MORE...




There’s no question that we are in the midst of uncertain economic conditions – both in Alaska and around the country.  To provide you with some perspectives, tips and other information, we compiled a few references from other sources you may find useful.

7 Fundraising Tips for Surviving 2008
http://www.theagitator.net/dont-miss-these-posts/7-fundraising-tips-for-surviving-2008/

The phone’s been ringing day and night as clients and colleagues attempt to figure out what do in a world that’s falling apart.  You already know the litany of economic and financial disasters, so no need for background.   The bottom-line question is: What’s the best course of action in this final, and generally most important quarter of the fundraising year. Read more...


A Survival Kit for Fundraising in a Bad Economy     
http://www.afpnet.org/ka/ka-3.cfm?content_item_id=24683&folder_id=2545

A tumultuous economy can present unique challenges for nonprofit fundraising. Looking for ways to cope? AFP has compiled a toolkit of resources to advise and guide fundraisers in tough economic times.

“Donors have a lot on their minds these days as they sit down with their personal budgets,” explains Paulette Maehara, CFRE, CAE, president and CEO of AFP. “But despite the headlines about Wall Street and the financial markets, we as fundraisers should not lose sight of the fact that giving is a way for communities to pull together. While the economic forecasts are uncertain right now, what is quite certain is the capacity of people to lend a hand and support institutions of all kinds. We hope you’ll use AFP as a resource in garnering vital support for your organization in what may be a wild ride over the next few months.” Read More...

Survey Finds Large Majority Tightening Wallets, Reducing Gifts
http://www.afpnet.org/ka/ka-3.cfm?content_item_id=24695&folder_id=2545

More than 80 percent of respondents to a recent survey indicate they have become more concerned about their finances, leading half to either reduce their giving or stop giving altogether. Read more….

Give and Take: How Badly Will Charities Be Hurt by the Economic Fallout?
http://philanthropy.com/giveandtake/index.php?id=755

Scholars are predicting that nonprofit groups will not see a major drop in giving due to the economy’s troubles, but one seasoned philanthropy expert says she thinks they are flat out wrong, notes Give and Take, The Chronicle’s roundup of the best blog posts about the nonprofit world. Read more...

Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008
http://www.independentsector.org/programs/gr/EconomicStabilization.htm

In response to the current economic crisis, the Senate and House of Representative have passed the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (PDF), a bill intended to stabilize the financial system and restore confidence in the economy. President Bush signed the bill shortly after passage. Read more...

Colliding Interests: The Wall Street Bailout and the U.S. Nonprofit Sector
http://www.nonprofitquarterly.org/cohenreport/2008/09/29/colliding-interests-the-wall-street-bailout-and-the-us-nonprofit-sector/

A bailout package is ready to be voted on by Congress, but that doesn’t obviate the concerns of Nonprofit Quarterly readers who by and large believe that the bailout and the conditions that led to it reveal something fundamentally wrong about our society. The so-called Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) may even be necessary to jumpstart liquidity and credit in the financial sector, but it is for many a bitter pill to swallow. Read more...

Local nonprofits feeling effects of sluggish economy (Newsminer.com)
http://newsminer.com/news/2008/oct/24/local-nonprofits-feeling-effects-sluggish-economy/

FAIRBANKS — High fuel prices and bleak global economic news have left Fairbanks as worried about money as any place.

Those factors put local nonprofits in a potentially worrisome position: squeezed between higher operating costs and a base of donors who might be less willing or able to give at a time of year when many nonprofits look to seasonal charity as a major revenue stream. Read more...

A call for shelter in the economic storm
http://www.startribune.com/opinion/commentary/33251254.html?page=1&c=y

The troubled economy causes me to think about blizzards. An ugly thought to Minnesotans trying to hang onto our beautiful fall.

But blizzards have their upside. I think of "snow days," when the entire neighborhood is either stuck or shoveling others out. Frustration and anger about having no control over the day give way to a desire to control what we can. Younger people help older people. Those with snowblowers help those with shovels. People check on home-bound neighbors. We look out for one another as we work together to overcome a shared predicament. And it feels good. Read More...

Have you found other useful tips or perspectives about these economic times for nonprofit organizations? Feel free to post them here in the comments.




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