Friday, September 13, 2013

The September 15 Issue Of The NonProfit Times

Two is always better than one, and that's especially true when it comes to The NonProfit Times. We have just released the September 15 issue meaning you'll have a double dose of NPT this month.

Here's some of what you can expect to find within the pages of the new edition of NPT:

Special Report

  • Special Focus: Donor Management Software: Each year, NPT examines the benefits of donor management software and this year's edition of places the spotlight on cloud-based programs. The report also features the most up-to-date list of donor management software, including pricing.
  • Pennsylvania's Property Tax Exemption Might Go To VotersBattle lines are being drawn in Pennsylvania between the courts and the legislative bodies with nonprofits squarely in the crossfire. At issue is who gets to decide if an organization “of purely public charity” is exempt from property tax.
  • New ABS Boss Changing Fundraising ApparatusA new chief executive at the American Bible Society (ABS) is putting his mark on the 197-year-old charity, just months into his tenure. Two key development positions have been vacated and the organization switched direct response vendors since Douglas Birdsall took over as president and CEO in March.
  • Unlocking Monthly GiftsEight animals are trapped in cages but all a donor has to do is make a monthly gift to Humane Society International (HIS) and the gate is unlocked. The higher the monthly gift, more animals or larger ones are set free, not only in RL (real life) but on the Web, too.
  • Loyalty Goes Both Ways: Bridget Brandt, a former volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters, had a message to attendees of the 2013 Bridge Conference: Don't treat your volunteers like BBBS treated me.
  • Committees That WorkA well-designed planned giving committee can provide you with a remarkable advantage. However, it is important to avoid the common trap of expecting your volunteer committee members to seek planned gifts from their clients.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Featured Nonprofit Job: President & CEO

Do you think you have what it takes to be the head of a United Way affiliate in Tacoma, Washington? If you have the ambition and experience necessary to tackle such a role, you will be interested in our latest featured nonprofit job: President & CEO at United Way of Pierce County (UWPC).

Reporting directly to the Board of Directors, the chosen candidate for this position will provide strong leadership, shares vision, inspires staff and board members to do their best work, builds strong relationships with all stakeholders, and creates, as well as identifies, strategic and collaborative opportunities for the organization.

The current president of UWPC will be retiring at the end of this year, and whoever is chosen to replace him will need the same characteristics. As such, applicants should have the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree or better in fields relevant to the organization;
  • A minimum of 7 to 10 years of progressively more responsible leadership success at a senior level;
  • Ability to provide vision for the future and open to input;
  • High integrity;
  • Passion for United Way’s mission;
  • Inspired by service, not by power;
  • Strong professional presence in groups;
  • High emotional intelligence;
  • A "people person";
  • Politically astute; and,
  • Desire to deliver exponential revenue growth
If you think you embody all of these qualities, head to the NPT Jobs Career Center to apply today.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Microsoft To Offer Nonprofits Office 365 Free Of Charge

Tech giant Microsoft announced Tuesday that it would be offering qualified nonprofits free versions of its Office 365 program.

As reported on, this offer allows nonprofits in 41 countries worldwide to use Office 365 -- which contains word processing, e-mail, video conferencing, and calendar programs -- in their workplace free of charge. The donation program is part of the Redmond, Wash.-based software company's larger "Technology for Good" initiative, which distributes $2 million worth of software every day to organizations around the globe.

"In the hands of nonprofit organizations, technology can boost productivity, increase effectiveness through better collaboration, and extend services to new communities and individuals in need," Microsoft wrote on its web site. "Moreover, technology can be a powerful force that opens exciting opportunities for nonprofits to better achieve their missions and accelerate their impact."

Organizations must be recognized as a tax-exempt organization in their respective countries to qualify for this giveaway. In addition, eligible organizations should work to improve their communities in a meaningful way, including, but not limited to:

  • Providing relief to the poor;
  • Advancing education;
  • Improving social welfare;
  • Preserving culture;
  • Preserving or restoring the environment;
  • Promoting human rights; and,
  • Establishment of a civil society.
One confirmed, organizations will have the choice to upgrade their Office 365 program to a cloud-only version for a reduced price of $4.50 (down from $20). You can find out more about this offer on Microsoft's website

Do you think your nonprofit will take advantage of this program? Let us know in our comments section.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Featured Nonprofit Job: Vice President Of Development

The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge is looking to hire a Vice President of Development. Interested? Read on for more details on this latest featured nonprofit job.

The chosen candidate for this position will be responsible for envisioning and managing the organization’s fundraising efforts. At a management level, the VP of Development serves as chief strategist for the organization’s fund development and provides primary staff support (in fundraising matters) for the President and Chief Executive Officer and the Board of Directors through its Development Committee.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Setting and achieving, in close collaboration with the Board and President and Chief Executive Officer, the organization’s annual revenue goals.
  • Developing and implementing a written plan for identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting of individuals, foundation and corporate potential donors
  • Establish forecasts and prepare evaluations of fundraising potential by identifying and rating prospects.
  • Assume a hands-on role in developing strategies and implementation plans for major gift work and planned giving with high wealth / top prospects.
  • Develop calendars and implement action plans for all campaigns, membership programs, grant request and special events.
  • Developing and maintaining a database of potential donors.
  • Serving as a member of the organization’s management team by staying abreast of organizational issues and contributing to the overall management of the organization. 
Qualified applicants will have a Bachelor's degree and at least five years of experience in fund development. Candidates should also have a passion for the Freedoms Foundation's mission: Helping to further educate the country's citizens.

You can apply for this job by visiting the NPT Jobs Career Center.