Preparing for the Annual Audit—Identifying Risks and Establishing Strong Internal Controls

Connection Cafe

The Big 7: Internal Controls that Don’t Control You. Internal control procedures in nonprofit accounting can be broken into seven categories, each designed to prevent fraud and identify errors befor e they become problems : Separation of Duties.

Increasing Organizational Buy-in When Building a Culture of Strong Internal Controls

Connection Cafe

Internal controls for nonprofits moved from a finance concept wrapped around the annual audit to an administrative requirement involving the direct program staff, finance, and management. Big change for internal controls!

How Nonprofits Can Build Trust with Strong Internal Controls

Connection Cafe

Even when nonprofits balance their desire to do good works with a realistic view of the level of effort required to accomplish those goals, funding may still be elusive if there are not strong internal controls in place. How are trust and internal controls intertwined?

Four Trends to Follow at AFP’s 2017 International Fundraising Conference

Connection Cafe

Nonprofit News #AFPFC AFP International Asha Curran Chuck Longfield data analytics Digital Fundraising Strategies Fundraising Conference Fundraising Fundementals Gail Perry philanthropy trends rachel muir Steve MacLaughlinThis year’s AFP fundraising conference is all about disruption.

Online Fundraising Spotlight: Holt International

Connection Cafe

Annual Fund Stewardship end of year fundraising Holt International Online FundraisingIt feels too early to think about year-end fundraising, but the truth is the campaign activities throughout the year play an important role at year-end.

International Women’s Day 2016: A Time to Reflect and to Act

Connection Cafe

Today, on International Women’s Day , I’m grateful, proud, realistic and hopeful. Nonprofit News #IWD2016 International Women's DayI tried to pick just one word that encapsulates what I’m thinking, but I just can’t, especially when I consider the incredible array of women interwoven in the fabric of my life and the many wonderful (and challenging) realities we all face.

Bookshare International Now Serves Thirty Countries

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Benetech’s Bookshare library continues to expand its international service providing accessible books and publications to members in more than 30 countries. Our international Bookshare service recently announced new partnerships with three organizations that are reaching out to readers with print disabilities in their home countries. DAISY accessibility International a11y Norway Austria global library Brazil Bookshare Arabic Mada

Amnesty International at 50

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Earlier this year, I spoke at the 50th Anniversary Annual General Meeting of Amnesty International (AI). In 2001, its 40th anniversary year, AI expanded its mandate considerably to incorporate economic, social and cultural rights, as well as the body of international law governing armed conflict, thus committing itself to advance all human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

World’s Best Intern: Advice from Nonprofits to Interns

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I’ve just finished teaching a class at the Monterey Institute of International Studies based on my books, The Networked Nonprofit and Measuring the Networked Nonprofit. Several colleagues offered some advice to nonprofits that want to work successfully with interns.

Have You Hired Your Interns Yet?


I would like to challenge our customers and our suppliers to make this the summer to get serious about hiring interns. The key is to be thoughtful about your sources; go to the appropriate college department or to certain key professors who specialize in the fields in which you need an intern.

Encourage Excellent Internal Customer Service

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Too often, we think of only external customer service, and forget about the need for excellent internal customer service. No matter what type of business, organization or team you lead, teach your team members/ employees the need for and importance of internal customer service.

Numbers, Stories and Pajamas: Inspirations for International Volunteer Day 2015

Connection Cafe

So I thought in the spirit of International Volunteer Day (December 5, 2015), I should share three volunteerism topics that inspire me. It’s hard to think of a nonprofit that does not have volunteers as an important component in fulfilling its mission.

Will Robots (and bots) Replace Nonprofit Staff and Interns in the Workplace?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Given that nonprofits are so under-resourced, replacing interns with bots might be provide a big boost in productivity for some.

Internal Communications and Nonprofit Management Pt. 2 | Ft. Marc Pitman

NonProfit Hub

Nonprofits must improve their internal communications and nonprofit management to stay ahead of the trends. The post Internal Communications and Nonprofit Management Pt. In this section, we chat about the shift in employees across the board—nonprofit or otherwise—becoming millennials.

Interning in Guatemala on the Archive Project

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

As an intern with HRDAG , I was part of the team analyzing data drawn from documents in the National Police Archive, a cache of approximately 80 million sheets of paper kept by the police system during the Guatemalan Civil War, a 36-year long conflict that ended in 1996.

International Human Rights Day 2011

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

T, December 10th, the international community is observing Human Rights Day to commemorate the 63rd anniversary of the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. On International Human Rights Day, we pay tribute to all human rights defenders, celebrate the recent victories of the human rights community, and recognize the challenges that still lie ahead in the global struggle to advance justice, accountability and an end to impunity.

A Chat With The Interns

Connection Cafe

This month I got a chance to speak with two college interns that are working at Blackbaud Austin in the Engineering Department. Author: Corey Pudhorodsky. For the second month in a row, this month's podcast interview is with two people at the same time.

'Virtual reality Aleppo' street fundraising campaign launched | Amnesty International UK

AFP Blog

Check out this street fundraising Idea ' Virtual reality Aleppo' street fundraising campaign launched | Amnesty International UK : "'Virtual reality Aleppo' street fundraising campaign launched" 'via Blog this'. NPF2F

Building the World You Want: 6 Nonprofit Campaigns to Consider on International Day of Charity


Enter, International Day of Charity. Held on September 5th in commemoration of the passing of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, International Day of Charity encourages citizens, NGOs, and stakeholders around the world to help others through volunteer and philanthropic activities.

5 Nonprofit Tech Solutions For Improving Internal Communication


TechSoup discusses unified communication (UC), which is a type of internal communication structure that combines text messaging, web conferencing, email, video, and instant messaging, among other technologies to connect employees more effective and efficiently. Image courtesy of MeetUp.

Nonprofit Technology Celebrates International Women's Day

Tech Soup Blog

I'm not a woman, but I am a wholehearted celebrant of International Women's Day. More About International Women's Day. International Women's Day came about in its current form in 1975. International NGO Leadership. Full disclosure.

How To Build Good Internal Customer Service

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Too often, we think of only external customer service, and forget about the need for excellent internal customer service. No matter what type of business, organization or team you lead, teach your team members/ employees the need for and importance of internal customer service.

Celebrate International Grant Professionals Day

NonProfit Hub

March 14-18 is International Grant Professionals Week and today it culminates to International Grant Professionals Day (IGPD), a day dedicated to honoring the many hours that go into writing, making and seeking grant projects and proposals—a task that’s often done behind the scenes and not highlighted enough in the nonprofit sector. Happy International Grant Professionals Day. The post Celebrate International Grant Professionals Day appeared first on Nonprofit Hub.

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Happy International Women’s Day!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Today is International Women’s Day which has been observed since the early 1900s (here’s a good history ). The UN highlights a different theme for International Women’s Day.

Bookshare International’s Viji Dilip Profiled in Magazine

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Among the people I’m privileged to call a colleague here at Benetech is Viji Dilip, the International Program Coordinator for our Bookshare International service. When we received a grant from the Bernard Newcomb Foundation in 2007 to take Bookshare international, I asked Viji to become Bookshare’s International Program Coordinator. Bookshare International now offers texts in English, French, German and Spanish.

New International Customer: Salesian Mission


Pleased to report that we are welcoming a new international customer to our VisionLink network. The Salesians of Don Bosco serve almost three million youth in 131 countries. Their 34,000 staff work to improve the lives of poor youngsters through the teaching of skilled trades and scientific agriculture. There are 225 Salesian orphanages and shelters, 216 hospitals and clinics, 850 nurseries and 3,408 schools around the world. Their US Headquarters is in New Rochelle, NY.

#IFC2014 International Fundraising Congress: Inspire, Connect, Transform

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I’m just back from a trip to Europe where I was part of the opening plenary at this year’s International Fundraising Congress outside of Amsterdam. (I Source: Pamela Sutton-Legaud.

An intern's perspective

ASU Lodestar Center

I have since had the opportunity to work at multiple nonprofit organizations as an intern, where I learned what I was good at, improved on many of my skills, and learned what makes a good internship program. All of the organizations I interned with had faith in me.

International Fundraising on The Baudcast

Amy Sample Ward

Chad Norman, the host of the Baudcast, has invited me to participate on podcasts in the past and I am really happy to get to be part of the latest episode focused on international fundraising. International fundraising, UK not-for-profits, online giving, social media, message localization, chuggers,, and more. The Baudcast , the podcast from Blackbaud , brings together industry experts from around the world to provide insights, ideas, and news in a chatty, panel format.

Social Media Strategy: ChildFund International


ChildFund International recently went through a complete rebranding. As part of that rebranding effort they decided to be much more active in the social media world. Social media is now a key part of their online strategy. In the spirit of continuing to learn how nonprofits are using social media we spent some time with David Hylton from ChildFund

SocialCoding4Good Going International with Random Hacks of Kindness

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

We were deeply impressed by the creativity of the teams and their projects and, after a challenging decision process, selected Amnesty International’s Invisible Victims project, which seeks to leverage digital services to support migrants, making the invisible crimes against them visible without putting migrants, their families and networks at further risk. It’s a terrific experience to spend a weekend hacking for social good.

Using Our Own Software Internally


I''ve always been interested in whether other software providers use their own software for their own purposes or deploy other tools. Seems like this is a great line in the sand. So, we decided to jump off that cliff and recently moved all of our own customer tracking and account management to our own Community Operating System.

The International Institute of Social Entrepreneurship

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

A Guest Beneblog by Viji Dilip, This summer I visited the International Institute of Social Entrepreneurship (IISE). The campus, that feels like a holiday resort and an university at the same time houses the International Institute of Social Entrepreneurs.

Celebrate International Women’s Day

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

March 8, International Women’s Day , marks an occasion to celebrate the accomplishments of women worldwide. This year, show your appreciation for the inspiring women in your life by sending them Oxfam America’s free International Women’s Day e-card.

Association Social Media: International Reading Association


———— Next up in our interview series, Jayme Gravell, social media strategist at the International Reading Association (IRA). 3) Can you describe the internal collaboration workflow with other areas of the association (e.g.

Research Friday: Why Give to International Charities?

ASU Lodestar Center

is a rich country and, as of 2011, ranks as the most generous nation in the world, 1 only five percent of its charitable giving goes to international causes. Here are three simple reasons why your "heart" may tell you to give to international causes: 1.

Promote Excellent Internal Customer Service

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Too often, we think of only external customer service, and forget about the need for excellent internal customer service. No matter what type of business, organization or team you lead, remind your team members/ employees of the need for and importance of internal customer service.

Social media can improve organizations’ internal communications | TMA Resources

AFP Blog

Social media can improve organizations’ internal communications | TMA Resources : As social media expert Steve Nicholls recently highlighted, however, there is another major advantage to the medium that many firms overlook. Social media, he argued, can significantly improve internal communications within an organization.

International Red Cross Support in Haiti


VisionLink is pleased to announce that we have been (for several weeks already), supporting the work of the American and International Red Cross in Haiti. We were able to deploy a large scale solution to capture and manage information about the needs of individuals and households in Haiti. Given that much of this is quietly unfolding, we''ll be quiet about the details here on the blog.

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AppAfrica: International Technology Conference

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

AppAfrica is series of international technology conferences and forums for software developers, entrepreneurs, ngo???s s and others interested in discussing how web technologies can benefit developing nations.