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Taking The 'I' Out Of Volunteering

So many nonprofits, so many causes, so much need. If only there were more volunteers to help.<p>Not so fast. The truth is that volunteer numbers are not the issue.<p>According to a recent discovery by LinkedIn, more than six million people indicated on their LinkedIn profiles that they’d like to use …

Nonprofits

Inspirational Quotes About Happiness From Dalai Lama

How To Build A Non-Profit That Thrives And Influences: A Conversation With Nancy Brinker

<b>Part of the series “Women, Leadership and Vision”</b><p>According to an IEG Sponsorship Report, cause marketing grew from about $120 million in sponsorships for 1990, to $1.85 billion in 2014. Clearly, cause marketing has become a part of American culture and people are supporting issues and causes that …

7 Things Funders Don’t Get About Fundraising

In the nonprofit world there is often a disconnect between funders of nonprofits and their understanding of the fundraising activity necessary to …

A Better Way to Map Brand Strategy

Marketers have always had to juggle two seemingly contradictory goals: making their brands distinctive and making them central in their category. Central brands, such as Coca-Cola in soft drinks and McDonald’s in fast food, are those that are most representative of their type. They’re the first …

Giving to Charity via Unlikely Middlemen: Walmart and Coke

A fledgling company asks: Is activism compatible with profitable investments?<p>Liam Monaghan, a 37-year-old white South African who now lives in California, knows from personal experience that making the world a better place can come at the expense of one’s own security and freedom. His aunt and …

Human Rights

The One Thing Your Company Can Do To Save The World

Anyone who cares about corporate social responsibility should be excited about what the B Corps movement is doing to change the game.<p>B Corp is a certification given to businesses that meet exacting standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. The nonprofit B …

A 10-Minute Meditation to Help You Solve Conflicts at Work

There are few things at work as stressful as feeling that you can’t communicate with someone who has an impact on how well you do your job and on the quality of your experience at work. How many times have you thought carefully about something you want to communicate to your boss, a colleague, or …

50 Must-Read Personal Development Bloggers That’ll Change Your Life

Tired of reading the same blogs over and over? Looking for fresh articles to read? A new angle on your favorite personal development topics? I got …

This Dog Decided The Family's Newborn Baby Is His And Stays Close To Her At All Times

5 Ways Technology Can Help Your Nonprofit Do More Good

<b>The way people give is constantly changing.</b> People may care about your cause, but it doesn't mean they will donate. So what drives them?<p>According to "The Science Behind Why People Give Money to Charity," it takes multiple actions to drive someone to give. The first action, simply asking, is one we …

A ‘More Hawaiian' Way To Deal With Delinquent Kids

Angry. Frightened. Sad.<p>When teenagers are marched in handcuffs through a discreet back entrance at the Susannah Wesley Community Center in Kalihi — or walk through the front door with their parents clutching a police citation — they display a range of emotions.<p>Mostly they are alienated and calling …

The First Question to Ask of Any Strategy

The senior team of a large player in the global wealth management business recently asked me for my opinion on their strategy. They had worked long and hard at coming up with it. Their “Where to Play” choice was to target wealthy individuals who wanted and were willing to pay for comprehensive …

How Emotional Intelligence Became a Key Leadership Skill

Andrew Nguyen<p>Anyone trying to come up to speed on emotional intelligence would have a pretty easy time of it since the concept is remarkably recent, and its application to business newer still. The term was coined in 1990 in a research paper by two psychology professors, John D. Mayer of UNH and …

Reinventing Performance Management

At Deloitte we’re redesigning our performance management system. This may not surprise you. Like many other companies, we realize that our current process for evaluating the work of our people—and then training them, promoting them, and paying them accordingly—is increasingly out of step with our …

5 Ways Even Small Companies Can Give Back

It’s National Volunteer Week this week, and that has me thinking about volunteerism in the workplace. It’s a funny thing: People talk about it a lot, but it’s rare that you see it in action — especially from the top down, and especially in smaller companies. In this week’s post, I’d like to …

High income improves evaluation of life but not emotional well-being

Abstract<p>Recent research has begun to distinguish two aspects of subjective well-being. Emotional well-being refers to the emotional quality of an …

How to Negotiate Nicely Without Being a Pushover

We all want it both ways: to get what we want from a tough negotiation and to walk away with our relationship intact. The good news is that kind of outcome is possible. But how exactly do you drive a hard bargain while also employing soft skills? How do you advocate for what you want without …

How to Really Motivate Salespeople

Before I became a business school professor, I worked as a management consultant. One engagement in particular had a profound influence on my career. The project involved working with the Asia-based sales force of a global consumer products company. This company practiced “route sales,” which meant …

How to Get Your Team to Coach Each Other

No one grows as a leader without the support of other people. Effective peer-to-peer coaching can offer the encouragement people need to overcome the fear of starting something new. Peer coaches, like professional coaches, can also hold their “clients” accountable for moving in a new …

The history of measles: A scourge for centuries

Measles has been a scourge for centuries, afflicting millions of people. It has been blamed, in part, for decimating native populations of the Americas as Europeans explored the New World. In modern times, before a vaccine was developed, nearly every American contracted the virus, with its telltale …

Why And How You Should Run Your Nonprofit Like A For-profit Organization

Having a business with a noble goal is good, but does that mean you should run it like a charity?<p>The nonprofit model isn’t broken. But the system is evolving and we can be better.<p>“For profit” is a mindset and approach that you’ll find in high performing organizations of all shapes and sizes, …

An Approach to Ending Poverty That Works

Ending extreme poverty by 2030 is the BHAG – the big, hairy audacious goal – of our generation. While skepticism abounds, momentum is on our side, with poverty rates falling in every region of world.<p>Unfortunately, these trends still have little to no impact on the lives of a critical and …

Why Chasing Success and Happiness Are Making You Unsuccessful and Miserable

“If you live just for today, to make today the most successful, happy day of your life, I am sure that you will have an extraordinary life. A …

Here's How To Get A Passport Fast, And No It's Not From A Shady Company

A U.S. passport is one of the most powerful in the world. Not only does it allow us travel to more than 150 different countries, but it also comes in a super-sized edition (because what's more American than that?!).<p>But when you book a trip and realize (gasp!) that you'll need a passport or that …

Overcome the Eight Barriers to Confidence

To get a more confident You in the new year — or a more confident company, community, family, or team — first know what gets in the way. The best resolutions will go nowhere without the confidence to stick with them.<p>Confidence is an expectation of a positive outcome. It is not a personality trait; …

Jason Jones Races to Save the Century

Jason Scott Jones is described as a human rights activist, filmmaker and author. His films have included The Stoning of Soraya M, Bella and Crescendo. His first book is entitled, The Race To Save Our Century: The Five Core Principles To Promote Peace, Freedom And A Culture Of Life.<p>Q: Calling your …

The Year’s Most Forgotten Humanitarian Crisis

While the world fixated on Ukraine and Syria, a near-genocide ripped through central Africa, to little international fanfare.<p>It’s been two years …

Unplugged Tropical Retreats Where You Can REALLY Escape in 2015

When you've reached the point of needing a true escape, these nine unplugged tropical retreats are just the spots to escape to.<p><i>-- Alex Creange, Oyster.com</i><p><b>Strawberry Hill, Jamaica</b><p>Nestled among the steep, winding hills of Jamaica's Blue Mountain, this former coffee plantation might just be the …

Cari Tuna and Dustin Moskovitz: Young Silicon Valley billionaires pioneer new approach to philanthropy

SAN FRANCISCO — When Cari Tuna and her future husband, Dustin Moskovitz, a Facebook co-founder, decided they would give away most of their multibillion-dollar fortune to charity, they thought of asteroids.<p>Or more specifically, the risk of one slamming to Earth and causing mass destruction.<p>It was …