The VISION Project

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VISION is a Non-governmental, Non-political, secular Voluntary Organization. Its primary objectives are to spread education, improve health care and implement livelihood programs. The VISION Project has been playing an active role through networking with social activists on issues related to welfare and development. See also this video about the irrigation project in the Kalahandi District:

“Visionaries for Integrated Social Initiatives Of Network (VISION)” besides being a Non-political, non-profit-making voluntary organization is wholeheartedly dedicated to the symphonies, harmonious development of the downtrodden and needy people, their pristine culture and living standard.

It held its birth in 1998-99 with the sincere, unceasing, uncompromising commitment and efforts of a group of youths. VISION, basically working in the health and socio-economic sector. In addition to it, VISION aspires for the upliftment of the downtrodden and weaker sections and other activities on a broader scale in Kalahandi District.

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Nonprofit Need More Than Just A Vision

Continue Reading Nonprofit Need More Than Just A Vision

It is not unusual to hear nonprofit organizations and consultants discuss how they need to become more “corporate” in their approach or how they need to operate more “like a business.” Yet, this is not where most nonprofits are willing to put precious resources. Why?

To answer this question, check out this video of a TEDxWilmington in which Chris Grundner talks about modern-day nonprofit governance and he states that passion is not enough. Mr. Grundner is the CEO and president of the Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement.

The third sector continues to place an emphasis on vision over management. We want to hire the best “visionary” we can find for our nonprofit mission.

However, this choice can come at the expense of effective management. Management (e.g., talented people, IT systems, and effective human resources) do not excite donors. Donors rarely want to fund supportive administrative operations. I know I do not look here first. I want my dollars to support the grass root level of service.

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Nonprofits – is it just about the Mission?

Continue Reading Nonprofits – is it just about the Mission?

Does the nonprofit community have a greater purpose?  Do we owe more to the social contract than just our mission? I would say yes.

In the video above, Deirdre Jones (Associate Director of the University of Toledo’s Schmidt School of Professional Sales) talks about how to get sustainable financial and non-financial support from like-minded individuals and organizations so non-profits can execute their missions properly.

Each nonprofit organization has its own mission which drives (or should drive) each and every decision made by the board of directors, the leadership team, patrons, the staff and volunteers.  We become involved in a nonprofit organization because it speaks to us from our hearts. Our connection, at first, may simply be employment and my path certainly started this way. But we stay because we become emotionally attached to our work and the lives we are changing.

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6 Low-Cost Professional Development Ideas for Nonprofits

Continue Reading 6 Low-Cost Professional Development Ideas for Nonprofits

Let’s be honest. When it comes to the precious resources in the small to mid-size nonprofit, the first place we turn to is far from professional development. However, the greatest resource most of our organizations have to offer is those who are committed to working for us and our mission day in and day out. So, why is it professional development is a nonprofit issue?

Listen also to Rueben Mayes speak at this TEDxWSU meeting. In this video, Mayes talks about that at some point in their lives, everyone will be asked to raise money for something. It could be a high school event, a sports tournament trip, or some campaign. He addresses the topic of fundamental elements of successfully raising money for various causes and his keys to successful fundraising.

There is no doubt at all it is first and foremost a question of resources, financial and otherwise. You may not have professional development (or training) as a line item in your nonprofit’s budget. And, if this is the case, funding for training may be the responsibility of your program director to find the resources from within their individual budgets.  So how can we develop our teams when money is scarce?

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6 Thoughts for the Nonprofit Sector

Continue Reading 6 Thoughts for the Nonprofit Sector

If you are reading this I assume you have at least a passing interest in the nonprofit world.  Whether you are employed in the Third Sector, volunteer for your favorite organization, or just want to make a difference in this world you have experienced or will experience, the days where you do that, may just be plain tiring and/or frustrating. It is part of the chase. This week’s post is not about the “nuts and bolts” of nonprofit issues; it is about why we do what we do.

Interesting in the following TEDxCrenshaw video in which Areva Martin, a civil rights attorney, talks about her experience as a child when she received help from nonprofit organizations and setting up her own nonprofit for children with special needs. Why would we call the organizations nonprofits when we, in fact, all profit? Just take a look:

Respect is earned. Honor is given. Who doesn’t want to be respected? We put in long hours for our organizations. We give blood, sweat, and tears. Most who enter the nonprofit domain do not do so for monetary rewards. We give respect and we earn it through our good works. However, honor is given. The Third Sector is in the midst of the largest generational turnover in leadership experience in its history. We do not have to agree with all that was done by those who came before us. However, we must honor their efforts. And we must honor those we serve.

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Nonprofit Management

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By using the resources below, we hope that many of your questions will be answered. These resources are certainly no substitute for legal advice from an attorney familiar with the law of tax-exempt organizations however they will get you on the right path with the right tools and the questions to ask. In the following video, Toby Mathis (Anderson Business Advisors) shares his wisdom on nonprofits.

Highlights

  • Nonprofits rely on a broad array of revenue sources and amounts and sources of revenue vary significantly among different types of nonprofits.
  • The government continues to rely on nonprofits to perform a number of key functions in our communities and challenges remain related to the contracts and grants involved.
  • Both staff and volunteers play critical roles in carrying out nonprofit missions.

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How to use the Compensation Report

Continue Reading How to use the Compensation Report

There are many ways that experts use the Compensation Report, but here is one that over the years we have found useful for assessing how existing salary data stacks up to how much a candidate should be paid, using comparable data. See also this TEDxInternationalSurfLA video in which Dan Pallotta talks about discrimination of compensation in the nonprofit sector.

Step 1: Turn to the Job Title Summary page for the specific job that matches most closely to the job you’re reviewing.

If you’re a participant (knowing your own code) you can see exactly where you rank; if you’re a non-participant, look at where you are relative to the average, and which quartile you are in.

Unless you are looking at a position in which you have several employees, you can probably safely ignore the Weighted Average in the Overall Position Data Highlights box. This value better reflects organizations that have multiple people in that same position.

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How do you start a Nonprofit

Continue Reading How do you start a Nonprofit

Among the most common questions we’re getting is: “How can I begin my own nonprofit organization?” If By using the resources below, we hope that many of your questions will be answered. These resources are certainly no substitute for legal advice from an attorney familiar with the law of tax-exempt organizations however they will get you on the right path with the right questions to ask.

Nonprofit Management

Your nonprofit management organization includes acquiring as much as possible information. If you use the resources listed here, we think most of your questions will get answered. Please keep in mind that these resources are not a substitute for any sort of legal advice. Please contact an attorney specialized in tax-exempt organization law. These guidelines will, however, put you on the right track and give you the right tools.

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Nonprofits – Why Boards Struggle to Govern

Continue Reading Nonprofits – Why Boards Struggle to Govern

Why do many nonprofit organizations struggle with governance issues? First, there are simply too many nonprofit organizations in the United States. The Third Sector continues to proliferate at an outstanding rate. …