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    Nonprofit Corporation: Definition and Structure

    Definition: A business organization that serves some public purpose and therefore enjoys special treatment under the law. Nonprofit corporations, contrary to their name, can make a profit but can't be designed primarily for profit-making. When it comes to your business structure, have you thought about organizing your venture as a nonprofit corporation? Unlike a for-profit business, a nonprofit may be eligible ...
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    Starting a Nonprofit Business

    Catherine Rohr was a 27-year-old UC Berkeley graduate with a thriving career in venture capital when, at a reception in 2004, she heard an ex-convict speak about the successful construction business he started after leaving prison. For Rohr, it was a life-changing moment. She realized former drug dealers and gang leaders had entrepreneurial skills: They knew how to manage people, make ...
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    How to Raise Money for a Nonprofit

    You can't promise a return on investment, so what can you do to attract startup cash to your nonprofit? Fundraise. This article was excerpted from Nonprofits Made Easy. Buy it today from EntrepreneurPress.com. Cash, as they say, is king. Without it, you can't provide the programs and services that your nonprofit is designed to provide. Unlike a for-profit business, you can’t ...
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    Nonprofit Taxable Activities, Production Complementarities, and Joint Cost Allocations

    Nonprofit Taxable Activities, Production Complementarities, and Joint Cost Allocations
    INTRODUCTION Nonprofit organizations are becoming a large and important sector of society. In 1995, the revenues of nonprofits amounted to more than 12 percent of Gross Domestic Product (Meckstroth and Arnsberger, 1998). In exchange for supplying public goods, nonprofits generally operate free of income, sales, and property taxes. Tax-exempt sources of nonprofit revenues include donations and grants, passive income on investments, ...
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    Non-profit software package directory.

    Non-profit software package directory.
    Non-Profit Software Package Directory * A1-FUNDRAISER -- is a menu-driven, PC-based software package which automates the complete fund raising process. The modules include constituents, direct mail, cash gifts, pledges, memberships, alumni, major donor solicitation, foundations, grants, campaign management and the Q & A database and word processor. The "Intelligent Assistant" allows you to ask plain English questions of your data, e.g., ...
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    6 Tools for Managing Social Media

    6 Tools for Managing Social Media
    Time management is something most of us struggled with long before social media. As we become more involved in the world of social media and see the importance of building personal business relationships, managing your time both inside the social media space and outside as a business professional and human being becomes ever more important. 1. Tweetdeck This is my favorite ...
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    6 Technology Trends That Will Change How You Do Business in 2010

    Out with the old and in with the new! The past decade revolutionized how we do business but there is plenty more to look forward to in 2010. Below is a sneak peak of coming attractions to get excited about. 1. Phone Liberation 2. Cloud Computing 3. The End of Paper 4. The Battle for Local 5. Social Spending 6. Mobile ...
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    Volunteering Can Boost Skills, Advance Careers

    Volunteering Can Boost Skills, Advance Careers
    Sure, volunteering shows the world that you're well-rounded and altruistic. But does giving to the community give anything back to your career? "Yes" is the answer given by large majorities of workers responding to the Deloitte Volunteer IMPACT Survey, fielded by Opinion Research in 2005. More than three-quarters of full- and part-time workers polled said that volunteering helped them make networking ...
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    Volunteering Can Buy You IT Experience

    Volunteering Can Buy You IT Experience
    A supposedly hot certification or a few months of technology training isn't always enough to propel you into the market for tech jobs. Employers almost always prefer to hire people with real-world experience. To aspiring techies, it's a catch-22: You can't get a job without experience, and you can't get experience without a job. One solution: Volunteer work. Grassroots environmental groups, ...
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    Promoting Charity at For-Profits

    Promoting Charity at For-Profits
    Interested in paying a $40 for a t-shirt? Retailer Nordstrom is betting you will -- for a good cause, that is. Nordstrom’s partnership with supplier EDUN, the fashion brand started by U2’s Bono, means that $10 of every $40 t-shirt bought goes to an anti-AIDS fund in the African nation of Lesotho. And while Nordstrom is only one of four retailers ...
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    How to Keep Volunteers in the Fold

    How to Keep Volunteers in the Fold
    Where would your nonprofit be if its corps of dedicated volunteers up and quit tomorrow? "Out of business" is the only honest answer that thousands of American social-services agencies could give. That's why retention is key for volunteer managers -- the paid staffers supervising the efforts of unpaid folks who contribute their time and skills to a cause they deem worthy. ...
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    How to Overcome Idea-to-Idea Syndrome

    Most ideas never fully happen. It's a sad truth. There are probably more half-written novels in the world than there are novels, and the majority of new business ideas and solutions to society's gravest problems will never see the light of day. Yes, you may conceive something brilliant, great execution is rare: Without sound leadership, our natural creative tendencies become ...
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    How to Interview: Tips and Questions

    How to Interview: Tips and Questions
    These tips provide some basic guidelines on how to conduct a legal and successful candidate job interviews. Finding out if a candidate can do the job is easier to determine than whether he or she will do the job. The interview process has to determine both. Your interview objective is to find out about the candidate: “Can-Do” Skills: Verify their experience ...
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    Motivating Without Money

    Motivating Without Money
    Keeping employees engaged is critical during an economic downturn. Here are some smart ways to do it. In the months after September 11, as business activity slowed to a crawl, Steve Kerr, then the chief learning officer at Goldman Sachs (GS), launched a leadership seminar for senior managers that he nicknamed "Motivating Without Money." The daylong sessionsdiscussed how Goldman's managers could ...
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    Meeting Planning 101

    Meeting Planning 101
    Last summer, Robbie Davis was planning a meeting at a hotel for company personnel. In her email to attendees, she unknowingly made a typo in the link to the hotel's Web site, leading recipients instead to a pornography site. While she immediately sent another email correcting the error and asking recipients to disregard the first one, coworkers clicked the original link ...
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    More Than a Fun Day Out: Experts Advise on the Best Team-Building Excercise Tips

    More Than a Fun Day Out: Experts Advise on the Best Team-Building Excercise Tips
    Corporate team building is such an industry that it’s hard to remember when getting sweaty wasn’t a business objective. But is orienteering really going to improve relations when you’re knee-deep in manure and Dave from accounts has no sense of direction? Three experts share advice on how to get the best from your bunch. 1. Know your objectives. “You need to ...
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    Tips for Successful Event Planning

    Tips for Successful Event Planning
    Event planning can turn even the most capable person into a ball of nerves. But if you've been selected to plan your company's next holiday party, awards banquet or open house, relax. Our helpful tips can make the process go more smoothly and successfully. Initial Considerations First, consider how you want your event to look and feel. Think about: What kind ...
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    Go Out and Play: Planning Company Retreats

    Go Out and Play: Planning Company Retreats
    Say "company retreat" at the office, and suddenly employees cringe imagining stuffy conference rooms and mind-numbing lectures. That's not a retreat; that's a meeting--and it's neither inspirational nor effective. If you want a new way to motivate a dream team, try "play" first and "work" second. Drew Warmington, 41, founder and CEO of iLeads.com in Newport Beach, California, lets his employees ...
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    Holiday Party Planning in the Diverse Workplace

    Holiday Party Planning in the Diverse Workplace
    Holiday party planning can get dicey when companies add diversity to their merrymaking mix. How do you appeal to all without leaving someone out in the cold? "Put the emphasis on celebrating," advises workplace diversity consultant Sondra Thiederman, PhD, author of Making Diversity Work, founder of Cross-Cultural Communications and a Monster contributing writer. The key: "Focus more on what we share ...
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    Reduce Office-Party Waste

    Reduce Office-Party Waste
    This article has been excerpted from 101 Ways to Turn Your Business Green by Rich Mintzer, available from Entrepreneurpress.com Whether it's an end-of-the year holiday party or any other celebration throughout the year, it is still important to think green, and not only on St. Patrick's Day. Celebrations are wonderful times to bring your employees together and build teams, camaraderie and ...