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How to Negotiate a Job Offer

“You wanted this job so bad, and finally the offer arrived. The adrenaline is flowing freely, and you feel like sharing the good news with the entire world — certainly with those who contributed to your win. But is this job a really good deal? Could you have gotten a better deal if you only knew how?

The majority of people simply melt once they get a coveted job offer. They’re so grateful and they feel so saved that they think that by crossing the finish line, their goal has been attained. However, that is not the case. A job offer is a significant milestone indeed, but negotiating your best deal right now is the only time you can do it. You’re now in the falling-in-love period — like when you were in your teens and falling in love and your love interest could do no wrong and was simply perfect. Well, once the company you’ve applied to goes through the arduous and protracted hiring process and decided on you as the winner, they want to move on. At this point, they don’t want to go back to square one and start the process all over. That’s the time to negotiate.”

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San Diego is the New Top Philanthropy City

“San Diego ousted Houston as the most philanthropic city in the United States, according to latest Metro Market Study released by nonprofit charity evaluator Charity Navigator.

The annual study compares the median performance and size of the largest nonprofits in the 30 largest metropolitan markets, which account for 62 percent of the 8,219 charities evaluated by the Glen Rock, N.J.-based nonprofit.

For overall financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency, three cities scored better than 90: San Diego, 90.10, which finished tied for No. 4 in last year’s study; Houston, 90.05, which was No. 1 last year, and St. Louis, 90.03, which was No. 2 in 2016. Rounding out the top five were Tampa-St. Petersburg, 89.51, which finished third last year, and Dallas, 89.39, which tied with San Diego in the previous year.

In addition to overall score, the study provides rating dimensions for Financial Score and Accountability & Transparency Score, which examine almost two dozen metrics, ranging from program and administrative expenses to donor privacy policies, and contributions and revenue, as well as CEO compensation, among other things.”

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How to Protect Your Business From Cyber Attacks

“The internet is responsible for trillions of dollars in annual retail sales, and a study by Statista reveals that in 2016, an estimated 1.61 billion people worldwide purchase goods online.

This data shows how the market has changed. Every business aspires to produce goods or render services for maximum profits. However, it is not enough to produce goods or render services — you need a market share comprised of loyal customers and clients. Clients and customers are going digital, and conventional sales methods are phasing out.

This explains why millions of businesses are embracing e-commerce. However the issue is not with launching your online business — it’s about securing it against cyber attack, hackers and unscrupulous competitors.”

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Our Eight Favorite Summer Fundraisers

“For the charity sector, summer fundraisers that embrace the spirit and the benefits of the season can truly make for incredible summer events.

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, nothing spells summer fundraiser success more than passionate people, promoting a praiseworthy cause and having fun while doing it! Take advantage of summer holidays, long weekends, and warm weather – the perfect recipe for great fundraising opportunities!
Following are our eight favorite summer fundraisers. Stage them as they are or diversify, combining a food fundraiser with a sporting fundraiser for example. You could even collaborate with another local organization to stage a bigger event which will attract more people and result in more donations.

1. Always popular: a barbecue fundraiser
Everyone loves an affordable dinner but for a perfect summer fundraiser, swap out a sit-down meal with a classic summer barbecue. Think hot dogs, hamburgers and grilled steaks and don’t forget the vegetarian or vegans in your group. Warm summer weather makes the barbeque one of the most successful fundraising choices.

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How to Manage Remote Employees Successfully

“In the modern world that we live in, talented and highly skilled people are everywhere. It is slowly becoming the new norm for companies to hire people from other cities and sometimes other countries. Although having remote employees and managing a remote team has its own challenges, when managed successfully, it may save your company a lot of money. Below you can find the key points of managing remote employees effectively.

Communication is the key
Communicate clearly with your remote employees. If possible, use visual communication techniques such as video conferencing. Share your screen during meetings. Use screenshots or diagrams in your emails to better explain what you want them to do. Use chat platforms when talking about work as a group. Also, make sure your remote employees are not forgotten. Chit chat with them for a few minutes after the meeting is over.

Encourage collaboration
Have a document management system in place for sharing documents and files. Tools like Google Drive and Dropbox are great for this. Don’t rely on emails for sharing files because they might get lost and people can have a hard time tracking the latest version and the changes made. Give them the tools they need to work efficiently and make sure everyone is on board with these. There are also many other free tools available for virtual teams.”

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Fundraising for Nonprofit Summer Camp

“Because first, we need to make sure we’re around for next year.

A lot has changed about running summer camp in 16 years since I first donned a summer camp staff t-shirt. But not all of it has changed for the worse. In this article, I’m going to walk you through three relatively easy things you can do for your summer camp that could wind up having an incredibly profound impact: getting a Google Adwords Grant, becoming an Amazon Affiliate, and my favorite – forming a community garden with grant money from, of all places – Walmart!

Securing a Google Adwords Grant

You can go ahead and read that graphic to the right. You read correctly – Camp Hanover – a Christian summer camp in Virginia – has been granted $10,000 in Google Adwords advertising per month and for life.

How? Let’s let ruler of “teh interwebs” Doug Walters walk us through the process.”

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4 Ways Small Businesses Can Master Marketing

“We often hear from our customers that it had always been their dream to own a business – whether that’s opening their own store or starting their own restaurant. Like most entrepreneurs, the goal is to turn a passion into a career.

However, many people are held back by the fear that they won’t be able to manage their business successfully. It takes a leap of faith to open a new business, and it takes business savvy to keep it open. In a series of posts, I’ll explore common challenges small business owners face and how to solve it.

One of the first hurdles a small business owner faces is getting the word out about her new business. Or, if the business is established, growing the business and attracting new customers. At the heart of driving sales is marketing. For business owners without marketing experience, this can seem overwhelming. The good news is there is a lot a small business owner can do to market a business easily and efficiently.

1. Define your unique value proposition (UVP).
The first step in marketing a business effectively is understanding your capabilities and the white space your business is filling in your industry.”

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How to Set Career Goals


When I was in university, I did not have a job in mind that I wanted to pursue after graduating. All I knew if that I wanted to be a doctor. I majored in biology and didn’t have a clue of what I wanted to do after my I complete my bachelor’s degree. For someone like me, a day in the life of a doctor would’ve been godsent. In my third year, I took a writing course and that opened many doors for me. For once in my life, I felt passionate about doing what I did. Whether it was writing journal entries, short stories or just listening to a professor discuss a short poem, I felt that something within me aligned perfectly well with this type of work.

It’s been five years since I graduated from university with a degree in communications. In hindsight, I wish I had more guidance from someone experienced, regardless of which career path they belonged to. It’s always wiser to learn from someone else’s mistake which is why I would like to point out what my learnings are and how you can go about setting career goals for yourself with these points in mind.

1. Explore several career paths.
One way to do this is by networking with veterans in the field you’re interested in and request them to allow you to spend a day with them on the field. Oftentimes you will find that the work you’re getting to know is not for you. One of the things that helped me decide that I don’t want to be a journalist is being on field with a local reporter as he chased a story. Notwithstanding my love for the writing aspect of journalism, I personally didn’t enjoy being out and about every single day and working with extremely tight deadlines. This realization helped me decide against seeking a career in journalism. For someone else, these aspects of the job may be the reason why she or he would want to get into journalism. You won’t know unless you dip your toe in the water.

2. Write down the things you’re passionate about.
Some people know what they want to do early on, others explore many different jobs before they decide to turn one of them into a career. While previously people stuck to one job their entire lives, recent polls suggest that folks today are exploring several career paths in their lifetime. Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t decide what you want to do. Take a pen and paper and list all the things you’re passionate about. Next, make a list of skills you have. These two lists can help you narrow down what jobs maybe viable options for you.

3. Don’t be afraid to change your career path.
I was twenty years old in second year university and petrified of giving up on my dream to be a physician. The courses I was taking in my bio major didn’t excite me. I used to push myself to finish my assignments. I felt like I was living someone else’s life. I believed that I’d be a failure if I quit pursuing my childhood dream of being a doctor. I finally felt at harmony with myself when I put my fears aside and told myself that it was alright to change my mind. I switched my major to communications and haven’t looked back since.

4. Passion doesn’t always translate into success.
This maybe a bitter pill to swallow but the truth is that just because you’re passionate about a certain type of work doesn’t mean you’ll achieve overnight success in the first job you take up. Case in point, I worked minimum wage as a ghost writer for a few years until I was able to secure a full-time job with a decent pay. The fact that I enjoyed my work partly compensated for the standard of living that I was stuck in. This period in my career taught me many ways of making some extra cash and I was able to hone my writing skills at the same time.

5. You must carve your own path.
There is more to life than just work and all the other areas of your life will influence what kind of work you can do and what kind of work you’ll never want to do. Sometimes you will find yourself with a dozen offers, other times you will have to carve your own path. If you take ownership of your career and know that at the end of the day you’re in control, any success you achieve will be self-made. Know yourself and your strength and opportunities so you can be your own guidance counselor.

Having an Open-Floor Plan Office is a Bad Idea

“Would you work in a cocoon that looks like a 2001: A Space Odyssey set piece? Architect Michelle Kaufmann, a team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Google hope your answer is a resounding “Yes!”

Their distinctively strange, mesmerizing Transformable Meeting Space is designed to vanquish the limitations inherent in open workspaces. Each cubicle descends from the ceiling with the tug of a pulley system, offering a small conference room that jibes with Google’s airy layout.

This Chinese finger trap of a meeting space is a prototype only a minimalist could love, but it just might silence the open floor-plan haters of the world. Or not — because there are after all so many haters.

Indeed, decades into the future, our offspring will still be reading angry articles ripping open floor plans to shreds. According to opponents, these layouts lead to excessive noise, irritation, a lack of privacy and short attention spans. The Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health even found that open workplaces lead to increased employee absenteeism. And don’t get the Swedes started on the consequences for introverts.

To many, this workplace battle might seem like a black-and-white debate but it’s another false dilemma. In reality, an office layout can serve many masters.”

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Increased Corporate Reporting Good For Nonprofits

Portrait Of Businesspeople In Modern Open Plan Office

“More than four out of five (82 percent) of S&P 500 companies published corporate sustainability reports in 2016, representing a four-fold increase from 2011. The 82-percent figure marks a highpoint during the six years that the Governance & Accountability Institute, based in New York City, has tracked such reporting.

The trend upward could open more and more opportunities for nonprofits to foster relationships with corporate partners, according to Hank Boerner, chairman and co-founder of the institute.

The increased reporting started at the turn of the century when companies were in the midst of inflating figures – leading to the burst of the tech bubble, according to Boerner. Congress passed the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in 2002, aimed at corporate governance reform, but the law did not prevent the 2008 recession. During the recovery, corporate managers began taking it upon themselves to be better corporate citizens, he said, reporting on corporate governance, policies, and environmental management.

In 2011, the first year the institute began tracking S&P 500 companies for sustainability reporting, 20 percent reported data. That leapt to 53 percent in 2012 and 72 percent in 2013, coming to a more steady climb in 2014 (75 percent), 2015 (81 percent), and 2016 (82 percent).”

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