Nonprofit Management Higher Education

Increasing specialization, a demand for more higher education and a new need to worry about the bottom line are all challenges facing job seekers today. Nonprofits have grown from small organizations to a sizable chunk of the job market.  This has inspired the development of an increasing number of higher education programs for those who are choosing to dedicate themselves to careers in the nonprofit sector.  

What Is A Business Plan and Why Do I Need One For My Nonprofit?

This article identifies differences between for profit and not for profit business plans and outlines why a business plan is important. Read More...
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Planning

The Management Assistance Program for Nonprofits

The Management Assistance Program for Nonprofits offers links to strategic planning resources at the Free Management Library(SM). Links include information about strategic planning and even a model template for a strategic planning document. Read More...
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Strategy

Strategic Planning: Some Lessons Learned about What Does and Doesn't Work

This two page article by TCC Group covers what a strategic plan is and what it is not and discusses some of the questions and issues to think about when starting a strategic planning process. This is a great short article for board members who are embarking on strategic planning. Read More...
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Planning | Strategy

The Strategic Planning Manual

The Strategic Planning Manual by Frank Martinelli offers an overview and process for strategic planning. Read More...
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Strategy | Planning

U.S. Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor offers online tools for HR managers. The elaws Advisors are interactive e-tools that provide easy-to-understand information about a number of federal employment laws. Each Advisor simulates the interaction you might have with an employment law expert. It asks questions and provides answers based on responses given. Read More...
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Human Resources

NH Department of Labor

The NH Department of Labor website provides information and resources employment issues in NH. The site hosts important information for both employers and employees. Be sure to visit their FAQ pages for answers to commonly asked questions on topics such as: They also maintain a list of mandatory workplace posters, available for download as PDFs. View the list of downloadable mandatory workplace posters. Visit the NH Department of Labor website.
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Human Resources | Legal

Top 10 Tips for Running a Good Nonprofit Hiring Process

Any hiring process takes thoughtful planning. But for nonprofit organizations, which often face time and money constraints, and whose staff are highly driven by passion and commitment to a cause, the planning process takes on new meaning. This article offers 10 tips on running a hiring process.
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Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Human Resources

Legal Update: Firing Someone for Slamming Their Nonprofit Employer on Social Media

With the advent of social media, employees have begun posting comments about their employers on their Facebook pages. Some have gotten fired for it, but in a few cases, employees have been successful in challenging their dismissal as an unfair labor practice. If the dialogue that occurred in a social media posting constitutes "protected concerted activity" then the firing is illegal and the employee can be reinstated. Learn more about "protected concerted activity" and what you can and cannot put in your social media policies.   Read More...
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Human Resources | Legal | Social Media

New Online Courses from Stay Exempt

Stay Exempt – a Website of the IRS office of Exempt Organizations (EO) offers a series of dynamic and comprehensive tax courses that can help your tax-exempt organization maintain its exempt status and meet its filing requirements. EO strives to support the IRS mission of ensuring that all customers understand and meet their tax responsibilities. It does this by offering specialized assistance to the full range of organizations exempt from Federal income tax under the Internal Revenue Code. EO's programs and services help these organizations understand and comply with tax laws and regulations governing their tax-exempt status. Visit StayExempt.org to access the resources.
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Legal

Legal Resource Website for Nonprofits

LawForChange™ provides state specific legal resources and information for the US social sector, featuring categories such as:
  • Employment
  • Forms of Organization
  • Governance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Lobbying
  • State Fundraising
View their NH specific resources. Visit LawForChange™.
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Legal

NH Nonprofit Checklist

A one-page document to be used by nonprofits when applying for grant funding, listing all current legal requirements for NH nonprofits. This is intended to be an educational and user-friendly document for nonprofits of all sizes. Read More...
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Legal | Starting a Nonprofit

NH Department of Justice- Division of Charitable Trusts

The Division of Charitable Trusts is responsible for the supervision, administration, and enforcement of charitable trusts, charitable solicitations, and charitable sales promotions in New Hampshire. Their website includes information about laws and regulations affecting NH nonprofits, how to register as a NH nonprofit, and other information important for NH nonprofits. Visit the Charitable Trusts Unit website.
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Legal

IRS Tax Information for Charities & Other Nonprofits

The IRS has a resource center for charities and other nonprofits with information about how to apply for tax exempt nonprofit status, e-filing for nonprofits, regulations governing charitable donations, and more. Visit the IRS resource center.
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Legal

I Survived an IRS Audit

Blue Avocado shares the story of Karl Dickson, treasurer of a small environmental organization in Milwaukee, and how he survived his first IRS audit. Read the story on Blue Avocado.
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Legal

Risky Business: Why All Nonprofits Should Periodically Assess Their Risk

Source: Nonprofit Quarterly
Don't risk it! Protect your organziation by using this framework to start performing regular risk assessments.
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Risk Management

6 Tips for Making Risk Management Stick

Is your road to a great risk management program paved with only the best of intentions? Even skilled and experienced nonprofit leaders sometimes find their risk management efforts falling victim to internal and external booby traps. This Article from the Nonprofit Risk Management Center offers some tips to avoid common planning pitfalls. Read More...
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Risk Management

Taking a Risk Is Not Immoral

Source: Harvard Business Review
In this blog post from Dan Pallotta, he challenges the nonprofit sector's aversion to risk. Pallotta says: "The world is only moved forward and has only ever been moved forward by those people who are willing to take large risks in return for large rewards, and by the people who support them. Now more than ever this world of ours needs some large rewards."
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Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Board

The Devil and the Details

Two tips from the for profit sector that even a "nonprofit lifer" can appreciate. Read Here...
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Leadership

Financial Literacy 2.0

Financial literacy is about more than being able to read financial reports without breaking a sweat and adopt budgets that will serve nonprofits well. This article from the National Council of Nonprofits posits that being aware of sector wide trends is also a skill that boards need. Read More...
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Finance

Executive Director's Guide to Financial Leadership

Source: Compass Point
There's financial management and then there's financial leadership. Which one is your Executive Director doing? This article provides a summary of the eight key business principles that should guide financial leadership practice.
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Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Finance | Leadership | Executive

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