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WizzleyI write all sorts of content as a freelance writer.

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The following statistics are based on a BoardSource Report (2007):
  • Only 5% of nonprofits list fund raising as a “board strength”
  • Nearly 50% of nonprofit board members are 50-64 years old
  • 92% of boards have an external financial audit
  • 87% of nonprofit organizations made governance policy changes
  • 70% of surveyed nonprofits established a policy for board members to review the IRS Form 990

So where do you stand?
Do you even know?

The danger zone is not when you know that you are wrong.  The danger zone is when you do not know if you are wrong.  That’s where the real danger lies for any nonprofit board of directors.
You need to know your challenges to face your challenges.  If you do not know them, how do you plan on facing them? Use a proven assessment tool.  Work with nonprofit consultants or business development specialists/ analysts.

Get informed on what you need to get your board back on track.

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The Legacy of William Carey: A Model for the Transformation of a Culture“Attempt great things for God; expect great things from God.” –William Carey

We can accomplish much for God.  We can accomplish much for God by devoting and dedicating ourselves to God’s business.  We accomplish so very much through what God already provides us within the Body of Christ. 

So I Send You / Workmen of God: Recognizing and Answering God's Call to ServiceWe can become victorious through the efforts of our volunteers.  Our work serves as an offering to God as we serve Him with joy and gladness.  Our victories are vicarious vignettes of what God does through us as His servants, His vessels, and His instruments.  We have to answer to God for how we handle what God has provided for us.  It comes down to stewardship, serving as God’s servants.

Focus on Volunteering: Ready-To-Print Resources for Volunteer OrganizationsLearn more about the riches of volunteer resourcesavailable:

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The Web Designer's Idea Book: The Ultimate Guide To Themes, Trends & Styles In Website Design (Web Designer's Idea Book: The Latest Themes, Trends & Styles in Website Design)

“Things should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler.”
Einstein: His Life and Universe


Today’s technology has all sorts of possibilities.  Can I offer some simple possibilities that float around in my imagination? Here there are:

Imagine if you thought more about how to use the technology as a tool.  See how you could get the Word out over the Web (Wow! That was another good one.  Can you patent online content? Hmmm…).

Entrepreneur

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Multimedia: Making it Work, Seventh Edition
The new information technology—Internet and e-mail—have practically eliminated the physical costs of communications.- Peter Drucker
The Essential Drucker: The Best of Sixty Years of Peter Drucker's Essential Writings on Management (Collins Business Essentials)
In this technological age, you have to consider going into virtual venues.  You have to see how to maximize the current technology to your advantage.  See how to establish yourself within online communities that can expand your territory.  You set yourself apart from the crowd by what you put out there.
Here are some considerations for enhancing your multimedia capacity:
Whether you are are seeking new clients for your brick and mortar business or seeking to expand your ministry’s presence, you need to see how to use technology to your advantage.  it can streamline your current communications in new ways.

Starting an Online Business For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech))

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“The ways in which churches are reaching out to people over the Internet are expanding.”- The Barna Group

You have a website.
So what?
Your pastor is podcasting, blogging and streaming videos daily.
So what?
Your ministry team is using social networking and microblogging, tweeting and texting at a fast pace.
So what?

Identify more than what you are doing.  That’s just the evidence of some form of effort.  You have to get to the point to where you actually measure the effectiveness of what you are doing.

Think it through.  You do not want to simply do something.  You want to do something that changes the world.  You want to face your cyber challenges with purpose and intent, confirming the call and cause of your mission and taking action to bring it forth.

Take a moment and see what tools exist that can help and support you to have a critical web presence.  Look at Techmission and Tech Soup for articles and solutions on using technology to its full advantage.  Invest some time engaging your team and focus groups into how to use technology to communicate internally and externally as well as broadcast sermons and services offered by your church or organization.  Take the time to turn your cyber challenges into Internet innovations.

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To everything there is a season…- Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NKJV)

 

Your calendar should not determine your actions. Use your calendar to distinguish your actions. You need to identify what time you need to plan and perform, even perfect, what you are are doing daily, weekly and monthly. Your calendar should include your quarterly and annual activities, too.

Your daily planner may work for identifying things to plan as well as things to perform. Franklin Covey and Day Runner make some great planners. As far as technology, I prefer using Google Calendar online as opposed to MS Outlook or any other program. Google Calendar interfaces with my Gmail account and offers me present reminders as well as collaboration with my contacts in Gmail or other emails. I just prefer it to other online and software alternatives.

Let your calendar help you keep up with appointments and assignments like meetings and special events. Schedule your daily and weekly activities in a monthly view. Print out copies of your next three months to get into view what are your regular meetings and activities as well as what special events and activities you have coming up on the horizon.

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