5 Reasons Why Being A Non-profit Executive Director Is So Hard

By Ingrid Zacharias

“Anyone who thinks the life of an Executive Director is a life of privilege and benefits is sadly mistaken. The four major things that Executive Directors do is: supervise staff, fundraise, network and work with the Board of Directors. Doesn’t sound like all that much right? However the details involved in performing each of those tasks well, are significant and stressful.”

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Leadership the key to inclusive workplace

From the Montreal Gazette:

“While many organizations talk diversity, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re all good at it. The wrong leadership approach could turn a well-intentioned effort into mere PR “fluff ” and polarize employees. The successful approach is one that can bring everyone on board from the top down.

After having worked on several corporate diversity initiatives in her career, Nan Oldroyd has learned that managing a diversity program has to be a team effort.

“One of the key things is always to have leadership commitment,” says the senior director of talent for Loblaw Companies Ltd. in Brampton, Ont., who was brought in to build a diversity program for the company in 2007.

A first step for Oldroyd when she joined Loblaw was putting together an “Inclusion Council” of business leaders across the country who get together to set strategies and goals.”

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20 + Free nonprofit Webinars for December

The list from Wild Apricot this month contains a lot on year end fundraising.  Remember to double check timezones before you register!

Also you’ll find :

Budgeting 101

Wednesday, 15 December 2010
1:00 pm (Eastern)

This webinar, presented by Jenn Lammers, will provide a basic introduction to the creation and use of budgets in a not-for-profit setting. Attendees will learn the preferred format and common items to include in program, organization and strategic budgets. Part of the NonprofitWebinars.com Wednesday Webinar series for nonprofit staff and board development.

How to Captivate and Engage Your Constituents With Your Website

Wednesday, 15 December 2010
9:30 am (Central)

Learn from more than 10 years of focus group research with nonprofit constituents and donors how to captivate and engage your audience. Key takeaways from this Firespring webinar include:  5 required elements of engaging website; the 3 biggest mistakes nonprofits make with their website; 5 proven methods for promoting your organization online; the top consideration for nonprofits regarding Search Engine Optimization (SEO); and real-world examples of nonprofit organizations that have mastered their online presence

Making Volunteer Engagement Everyone’s Job

Tuesday, 14 December 2010
11:00 am (Pacific)

Too often engaging volunteers falls to the volunteer program manager, and it’s not uncommon to hear the phrase “your volunteers” used in organizations. How do you make volunteer engagement everyone’s job? This free VolunteerMatch.org webinar will provide you with the tools to become an advocate for volunteer engagement. Learn how to create a step by step communication plan to reinforce the importance of volunteer engagement to important stakeholders within your organization.


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