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52 Tips in 52 Weeks: CEO Evaluations—Time to Take Care of this Important Responsibility

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us put a range of routine items on hold while we handled the many complexities of the crisis.  Now that we have taken stock of the long-term nature of the pandemic and the need to sustain our operations, we are starting to circle back to some of those annual to-do’s that we may have put off.  One of those is the annual evaluation of the executive director by the board.  Working remotely for months has perhaps made us feel more comfortable doing a[…]
By Heather Iliff | August 21, 2020 Read More>

52 Tips in 52 Weeks: Helping Your Nonprofit Live Its Best Life

Earlier this summer, I read an interesting article in Parade magazine called, “Secrets to Living to 100.”  I was struck by the tips that the article offered. Some of the tips were the kinds of things you’d definitely expect on such a list, like “eat less,” “exercise 45 minutes a day,” and “stimulate your brain.”  But, it also had some tips like “keep the faith,” “cultivate close friendships,” and “have a purpose.”  These tips all reminded me of my dear grandmother who would have turned 100 on[…]
By Amy Coates Madsen | August 14, 2020 Read More>

New, Time Limited Above the Line Charitable Deduction for 2020 Underscores the Importance of Nonprofits Providing Gift Acknowledgements to Donors

The CARES Act provides that the new deduction cannot be used by itemizing taxpayers—these taxpayers are still permitted to take their charitable contributions “below the line” as itemized deductions. This new benefit is limited to $300 on both individual and joint returns, and only applies to tax year 2020.This benefit underscores the important responsibility that nonprofits carry to ensure that their donors receive appropriate acknowledgements and receipts for their donations.  While it is not[…]
By Amy Coates Madsen | August 07, 2020 Read More>

52 Tips in 52 Weeks: Acknowledging Our Volunteers—Don’t Let the Opportunity Pass You By

With so many nonprofits cancelling, postponing, or moving their big annual celebrations, galas, graduations, and fundraisers, not only are nonprofits seeking new opportunities for revenue generation, they may have also missed out on their annual volunteer appreciation celebrations.Did your organization take your regular volunteer appreciation event or celebration off the schedule for this year? With restrictions on in-person gatherings and celebrations, this is definitely a sign of the times and[…]
By Amy Coates Madsen | July 31, 2020 Read More>

52 Tips in 52 Weeks: Employers Should Not Share Private Medical Information

I am an avid newspaper reader. For more than 25 years, I’ve been grateful for the opportunity to catch up on the news of the day from my own home without a computer screen!I’ve been interested in following so many different headlines and stories these days and I’m especially enthusiastic about the now growing sports section.  After so many months with most sports on hold, news of the upcoming baseball season has me in an anticipatory mood.  I’ve been following the stories of this week’s[…]
By Amy Coates Madsen | July 27, 2020 Read More>

52 Tips in 52 Weeks: In-Kind Donations in the Time of COVID-19

We have had to adopt so many new important daily practices to stay safe and healthy in the midst of the pandemic: social distancing, wearing masks, staying at home, keeping up with the number of infections, are just a few. At my house, we have also been focused on keeping up with friends and loved ones, baking new foods, hunting for hard to find items (like: disinfectant wipes, toilet paper, and cream of wheat cereal) as well as cleaning and clearing out closets and preparing to donate items[…]
By Amy Coates Madsen | July 17, 2020 Read More>

52 Tips in 52 Weeks: Public Trust in the Charitable Sector

If you follow this blog, you may have read my post from a few weeks ago about the rising levels of public trust in America’s nonprofit sector.  I cited a recent study conducted by Luth Research, and the Nonprofit Institute at the University of San Diego’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences which showed that public trust levels in the nonprofit sector are on the upswing in the midst of the pandemic. The report also showed that the public’s trust in nonprofits is much stronger than trust[…]
By Amy Coates Madsen | July 13, 2020 Read More>

ANNOUNCEMENT: Standards for Excellence Licensed Consultant Training 2020 - Now Offered Virtually, Deadline Extended

The Standards for Excellence Institute Announces that the 2020 Licensed Consultant Training Program will Take Place in a Virtual Setting Over Five Days, Deadline Extended to July 15, 2020The Standards for Excellence Institute continues to actively monitor the incidence of COVID-19 in our region and across the nation. As we reviewed and evaluated the current situation, it has become increasing clear that offering the Standards for Excellence Licensed Consultant program virtually is the best[…]
By Amy Coates Madsen | July 07, 2020 Read More>

52 Tips in 52 Weeks: Professional Development

So much of our experiences in the last few months have been out of the ordinary. So many intense, long work-days with short turn-around projects, presentations, and meetings—working diligently to meet the needs and challenges before us. One of the things that strikes me as truly extraordinary during the recent months working remotely is how much time I have invested in acquiring new skills, delving into topics and technologies for which my expertise was initially fairly elementary (or a brand[…]
By Amy Coates Madsen | July 06, 2020 Read More>

52 Tips in 52 Weeks: Navigating Whistleblower Policies

I read with interest a recent article from the Philadelphia Inquirer entitled “Philadelphia Mulls Protections for COVID-19 Workplace Whistleblowers.” (June 11, 2020 by Karen Kahn). The story discusses a bill that the Philadelphia City Council is considering which would protect employees who speak up about unsafe conditions in their workplaces related to COVID-19 risks and transmissions.The story cites the findings from the National Employment Law Project (NELP)’s recent study, Silenced About[…]
By Amy Coates Madsen | June 26, 2020 Read More>
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