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Whether they’re your closest family or a complete stranger, there are lots of simple ways to bring joy to others every single day. So, we came up with 10.

If you live an altruistic life and donate to an organization or cause you care about, you might be surprised to find these life benefits from financial donating.

When you have an efficient morning routine, you set an effective tone for the rest of the day. Here are five ways to establish a productive morning routine.

Fortunately, there are a few ways and practices to grow in your communication skills. Here are healthy habits you can try to become a strong communicator.

If you’re considering volunteering with a cause you care about in the community, consider the benefits you can receive. Here are the top eight benefits of volunteering.

Mentoring a child helps them to see unlimited possibilities for the future, learn something new and most importantly, realize that somebody cares about them.

Turns out, helping others can actually help you live longer. You heard that right: the key to a long and fruitful life might exist in what you give, not in what you get.

The Venable law firm's March 15, 2018 Webinar, "Sexual Harassment - What Should Your Nonprofit Be Doing To Keep Itself Out Of the Headlines and Out of Hot Water," is now available. Click the headline to access it.

Recruitment is the greatest challenge facing volunteer managers, and retention is a growing concern as well, according to the 2018 Volunteer Management Progress Report prepared by VolunteerPro (www.volpro.net.) The report, a free download at the VolunteerPro Website, is based on an annual survey of more than 1,000 volunteer managers, in the U. S. (74% of respondents) and 11 other countries.
Asked their most difficult challenges, 31% of respondents named recruitment, and 13 percent named retention. Both those responses have increased over the three years the annual survey has been conducted. Respondents often cited the growth of episodic volunteering, in which volunteers choose one-time or short-time assignments, as an obstacle to recruitment and retention.
Over the years, organizations insuring their volunteers in our program consistently have reported that making the insurance available has helped with recruitment and retention.
The 2018 Volunteer Management Progress Report also addresses volunteer prospect conversion rates, volunteer manager job satisfaction, salary and education level information, percentage of staff time devoted to volunteer management (31% of respondents devote 100% of their time), support within the organization for volunteer engagement, size range of paid workforce and volunteer workforce among respondents, kinds of volunteer activity, and more.

As we dive into the season of giving this month, let’s explore how the very action of giving can lead to a more altruistic life, improve our mood and even makes us happy.

A federal court has ruled in favor of a professional fundraiser working for a nonprofit organization. The Spiegel v. Reynolds ruling upholds the nonprofit exemption to the "Do Not Call" list requirements of the 1991 Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Dealing with donors -- avoid these common risks

A nonprofit organization can jeopardize its tax-exempt status, and donors can get into trouble with the IRS and/or their states’ attorneys general, if donations do not meet certain legal requirements. Venable, LLP, a law firm with a large nonprofit practice, recently held a Webinar entitled “Dealing With Nonprofit Donors – Risks, Restrictions and When to Say ‘No Thanks.’” A link to the podcast of that Webinar is in the members-only section. Log in and go to “Discounts on Products and Services,” and scroll down to the Venable section to access the podcast.

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