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Are You Among the Best Nonprofits to Work For?

June 24, 2013

NPT 2014 Best Nonprofits to work for

Are You Among the Best Nonprofits to Work for?

Here’s an opportunity to showcase the excellence of your nonprofit as a workplace.  We know of the great things you do for constituents and the community – but you probably do great things for your employees as well.

Here’s a brief description of eligibility and the assessment process, for complete information visit the website:

To be eligible for consideration, nonprofits must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be in business a minimum of 1 year
  • Must be a nonprofit organization with 501 (c) 3 status*
  • Have a facility in the United States
  • Have a minimum of 15 employees in the United States**
  • An organization may enter as a group of nonprofits or as an individual organization as long as each participating organization is a separate legal entity (separate subsidiary).  Branch offices may not enter separately from their parent nonprofit unless they are separate legal entities.

The assessment is a two-part process designed to gather detailed data about each participating nonprofit.  In part one, the employer completes a questionnaire and in part two, employees of the nonprofit complete an employee survey.

The collected information from the two instruments will be combined to produce a detailed set of data enabling the analysts to determine the strengths and opportunities of the participating nonprofits.

The registration deadline is October 11, 2013.


Stock Prices of Vendors to Charities Getting Battered

May 12, 2008

Yesterday I read an article in the Nonprofit Times about the stock prices of several public companies who work with nonprofits that are struggling. Ostensibly they are struggling because of the meltdown in the subprime mortgage market. Actually, except for the possible exception of Blackbaud, I think many of the companies listed might be struggling regardless of the present economic woes.

Blackbaud is another story. They clearly took a hit a month ago when Jefferies & Co. analyst Ross MacMillan speculated that because of the recession, nonprofits would be spending less and therefore Blackbaud would close less business, etc… “Given the outlook for more potential weakness in giving, we think non-profits are slowing the rate of spending on technology.”

Obviously, it’s a complicated issue. I’m not sure that our clients are seeing giving slow down that much. But assuming nonprofit giving does slow down, I agree that overall technology spending would decrease (especially spending on technology infrastructure) but I would hope that technology spending on fundraising and relationship building tools would not slow. After all, these are the tools that an organization needs most in a difficult economy.

Of course, this is just another reason why open source is such a beautiful model for nonprofits in any economy. Admittedly, open source software is not “free”. For instance, an enterprise class open source CRM like Orange Leap needs implementation services and ongoing support in order to get the greatest value from it. But, because an organization doesn’t have to write that big up front check for license fees, they can spend the money needed to implement software correctly and still save 40% to 60% over comparable closed and proprietary software.