How to Calculate the Value of Volunteer Time

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Some things in life are hard to put a value on — love, passion, dedication, selflessness. These are all attributes volunteers embody, but how can nonprofits determine the value of a volunteer hour? Each year, Independent Sector gathers data and conducts research on volunteerism in the nonprofit sector. The results of that research provide nonprofits a way to calculate the …

How to Request Training from Your Boss

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You’re ready to grow your skills and career. You’ve found the perfect professional development opportunity. But you’re not sure how to request training from your boss. What if they think it is too expensive? What if they say no? Most managers want team members who proactively seek personal and professional development, but asking your manager for training can feel awkward or …

Volunteer Resources for Nonprofits

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According to the most recent report from the U.S Bureau of Labor and Statistics, 62.6 million Americans — about 1 in 4 U.S. adults — volunteer. LinkedIn reported that its users added more than 110,000 volunteer activities per month during the pandemic, double the rate of 2017. Given the significant, and often critical, role volunteers play, nonprofits must be armed with volunteer resources to better …

And the Lightning Community Hero Award Goes to…

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Brian Butler was a board member for several nonprofits when he started receiving two to three requests a week from organizations suddenly looking to diversify their boards after George Floyd’s murder in 2020. “Brian, will you serve on my board?” “Brian, will you introduce me to someone of color to serve on my board?” It was overwhelming. But it was also the spark that ignited a …

Announcing the 2022 Nonprofit Leadership Conference

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Do you remember what called you to a life of purpose and service? What continues to call you to keep showing up for your community no matter the adversity? At the 2022 Nonprofit Leadership Conference on September 28, 2022, you’ll rediscover what drives you and how to harness it to effect lasting change. Called to Action The theme for this year’s Nonprofit Leadership Conference is Called …

Why a DEI Committee is Essential for Your Nonprofit: How to Get Started

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Why is it important to have a DEI committee? What does a DEI committee do, and what are the DEI committee roles and responsibilities? Nonprofit Leadership Center Board Member and DEI Committee Chair Christopher Johnson answers these questions and more. Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and concepts like DEI committees and DEI statements have become common topics on social media …

The Year of the Growth Mindset: 4 Impact Headlines from 2021

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The past year was both painful and extraordinary. While we witnessed workforce challenges, decision fatigue and organizations working to address diversity, equity and inclusion, we also saw nonprofits respond with speed, greater mission focus and grace. It’s no question that 2021 was another challenging year for nonprofits and communities, but it also brought growth, new learnings, innovation and progress. As your …

Faithful Servant Leader Retires After 15 Years at Nonprofit Leadership Center

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Lorraine Faithful retires from the nonprofit sector after decades of life-changing work Did you know that when the Nonprofit Leadership Center started, we were called the Management Assistance Program? Most people don’t remember that, but 15-year NLC staff member Lorraine Faithful was there from the beginning. “I loved coming into NLC on the ground level,” Lorraine recalls. “It was exciting …

How to Be an Effective Mentor in the Workplace

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Five leaders who serve as mentors to rising professionals share their top tips for how to be an effective mentor in the workplace. When you think about what has had the greatest influence on your career and success, what comes to mind? For most people, it’s not what but who —a teacher or family member who believed in you even when you didn’t believe …

Experienced Banking & Finance Leader Joins Nonprofit Leadership Center Team

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The Nonprofit Leadership Center is pleased to announce that Amarela Peqini has joined the organization as our new business operations manager. In this role, she will manage the operations, finances and certain human resources functions for NLC. “I’m looking forward to working with Team NLC and supporting the many nonprofit organizations and leaders we serve by ensuring the best use of our …