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This week: Staffing

From The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Peter Panepento is hosting a LinkedIn discussion on staffing trends.  How do organizations retain their best talent and survive the remainder of this economic recovery?  Is that the real issue?  The Chronicle has posted a survey and would like to know how your organization is handling staffing concerns in the down economy.

Another discussion leads to a little fundraising tool that could be very effective for social savvy nonprofits.  The tool allows staff members and supporters to generate revenue for your cause with every web search they perform.  I used one of these for a charity recently and earned them a dollar in 24 hours.  I then updated my Firefox browser and the search tool disappeared.  I’m sure we’ll reconnect soon.

My new favorite nonprofit blog, Barbara Talisman’s Talisman Thinking Out Loud My favorite category on her blog is Engaging Volunteers. My favorite article, which may become increasingly important over the next 18 to 24 months, Interview Preparation, detailing best interview practices and practical considerations when interviewing with a nonprofit.

Follow Barbara Talisman @ BTalisman and at her website www.3talisman.com

Finally, a note from Jeff Bula’s Internet Marketing Blog: “Is Twitter Dysfunctional?”  I’ll  let you read his assessment for yourself.

Last week: Beth’s Blog

Beth’s Blog: How Nonprofits Can Effectively Use Twitter Hashtags – Leveraging Hashtags

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Social Networking Tidbits

50 Ways to Get to Get Your Give On a blog article from Mashable published last year.   You could triple this list by now.  There is some good stuff here.

Facebook now has 200 Million ACTIVE users.  If you think that’s not a giving market ripe for the picking, I don’t know what to do for you.  Facebook, in true Millennium Values fashion, continues to add features and apps for charity fundraising.   People like to give and Facebook is adding ways to play.  New Charity Fundraising Apps from Facebook.

Featured Nonprofit Blog

An excerpt from Jeff’s latest post:

“The biggest roadblock to humanitarian work around the world is lack of local ownership. Throwing western aid at poor countries actually fosters that mentailty.

That’s why in our TCD model we don’t do ANYTHING in a village unless they have decided it needs done and have invested of themselves FIRST.”

This blog serves most obviously as an accountability record of the consistent and tangible progress this organization makes in restoring villages and communities that have been impacted by war, illness and famine.   This blog features stories from the field effectively keeping donors and volunteers educated, informed and up to date with program outcomes and upcoming projects.  It’s attractive and always accurate. Zero fluff here.

Tweaked My Heartstrings This Week

I fell in love with these and have to share them.  These just look like cookies you’d eat on a Summer afternoon.  Got to get that last little bit of summer in.   Banana Flip Cookies

Go Betty
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