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Facebook Adds 'Donate Now' Button for Non-Profits

Facebook added a new donation feature on Monday that allows users to contribute cash to non-profits directly through the platform.<p>Facebook partnered …

Six Big Mistakes Non-Profit Organizations Are Making on Instagram

Each day Instagram calculates that 55 million photos are shared through its smart phone app. Through 2013 the image editing and sharing app's popularity has skyrocketed; Nielsen reports that Instagram usage increased 66 percent through the year.<p>That said, the photo social networking service gives …

Giving Back By Serving: What You Should Know Before Joining A Non-Profit Board

“I’m passionate about this, and I’ve always been motivated to help my community,” says Eduardo Castell, a partner at a strategic consulting firm in New York working with top-tier corporate, government and non-profit clients.<p>But Castell isn’t talking about his full-time day job; he’s talking about …

Non-Profits and Social Media: 3 Steps to Defining Your Audience

I recently wrote about how non-profits and NGOs need a plan to guide their social media efforts. One of the first steps in that plan is determining exactly who you're trying to reach. An understanding of your audience should drive your entire social strategy. It will help you determine your goals, …

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Top 32 Quotes Every Entrepreneur Should Live By

The nature of being an entrepreneur means that you fully embrace ambiguity and are comfortable with being challenged regularly. Especially when having to go out for startup fundraising. Choosing this career path is completely irrational because the odds of succeeding are dismal, but most succeed …

How Successful People Stay Calm

The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm …

8 Apps That Can Do Wonders For Your Career

<i>by Jessica Henderson</i><p>No one said that it was easy out there.<p>We’re talking about the job market, of course. And in this competitive environment, even small advantages can have a big impact on whether you land the gig.<p>Small advantages like these eight low-cost (and, in many cases, free) apps, which …

Peter Thiel's Advice To Entrepreneurs: Tell Me Something That's True But Nobody Agrees With

Peter Thiel, a venture capitalist best known for his early and very profitable investment in Facebook, tends to stay away from giving general advice to entrepreneurs. “Generic advice is quite bad,” he said at a conference today in Silicon Valley. “Bromides are probably wrong.”<p>Instead, the general …

'Because Of Them, We Can': How This Social Entrepreneur Is Empowering Young Black Children

The death of Trayvon Martin shook Eunique Jones Gibson. With two sons born the year Barack Obama was elected and reelected respectively, she started to reflect on the responsibility and fear she sometimes felt as a mother raising black boys.<p>A social media and online marketing consultant, Gibson …

Own A Business? Here's How To Write Off Your Next Vacation

Ready to escape the snow and relax on a warm beach? Dreaming of your next ski vacation? If you’re self-employed or a small business owner, you know that it’s not always easy to get away. Unlike your friends with office jobs, you don’t have paid vacation days and there’s not always someone to take …

7 Insider Tips For Launching a Money-Making Side Business

<i>by Christine Ryan Jyoti</i><p><i>This post originally appeared on LearnVest.</i><p>Are you a crafty genius whose letter-pressed stationery could easily become the next Etsy sensation? Or perhaps you’re a social media whiz with some time to spare.<p>If you have a professional skill or passion that’s not being used to …

How To Thrive In The New Economy Of Business: Steal These Tips

There’s a new conversation emerging around what it takes for ventures to thrive in today’s recovery and expansion economy, as compared to what it took to survive in the 2-3 years prior. I’ve been hearing this conversation frequently of late from Berny Dohrmann, CEO Space Founder (in fact, it was …

The 8 Powerful Communications Secrets Every Person Can Use

I have recently re-connected with a personal hero of mine: Pamela Maier, a personal counselor or “life coach” as she describes the role she fulfills, “because I now have a life.” Pamela is a delightful individual who’s lived a variety of experiences in her 79 years. Beginning at an orphanage in …

Five Quick Success Secrets For Public Speakers

I’ve seen a lot of speeches recently, coached and written a good number more for clients, and given a few of my own. Here’s my latest list of good speaking habits, dos and don’ts, and lessons from the front, five this time, five the next time. In no particular order except perhaps passion.<p><b>1. Don’t</b> …

Meet The Internet Fund Avoiding Facebook, Twitter, The Rest Of Bubble 2.0

<b>Have you heard the one about the Internet fund that’s afraid of dot-coms?</b><p>It sounds like a bad money manager joke, but that’s actually the best way to describe the Kinetics Internet Fund. “Truthfully, if we changed the name, we’d probably get more money,” says cofounder and portfolio manager Peter …

Why Oculus VR Investor Is Bullish On Facebook Shares

Facebook spent $2 billion to buy Oculus VR — maker of a “virtual reality headset for immersive gaming” called Oculus Rift. My March 26 interview with one of the Oculus VR investors, Santo Politi of Spark Capital, suggests that there may be a method to Facebook’s madness in paying 77 times its $26 …

Brainstorming Doesn't Work. Try 'Brainswarming' Instead

A new idea-generating technique called "Brainswarming" is based off the way ants communicate--silently yet effectively.<p>Sharing ideas without judgment, or brainstorming, may be the main group idea-generating tool in the professional world, but does it work in your office?<p>Tony McCaffrey, the chief …