Two Tax Policies Affecting Foundations and Nonprofits in 2020

Connection Cafe

You may think this is an odd beginning for a public policy blog, so please bear with me. And yes, public policy at the local, state, and federal levels can and will impact your ability to achieve your organization’s mission and day-to-day activities.

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7 Step Policy Guide for Nonprofit Operating Reserves

Connection Cafe

This week, let’s walk through seven steps to developing a policy to manage the use and replenishment of reserve funds. Once an appropriate target amount has been determined for operating reserves, the board needs to draft a policy that establishes the fund and sets forth guidelines for using it. According to a whitepaper published by Grant Thornton , “establishing and documenting a formal reserves policy is a best practice that should be adopted by all not-for-profits.”.

Policy 176

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Social Media Policy Guidelines for Nonprofits

NCE Social Media

I was fortunate enough to serve on a committee of AFP International that brought together some social media gurus to hash out guidelines that nonprofit organizations can use to craft their own social media policies. Social media policies provide details on how to interact with your customers.

Social Media Policies

NCE Social Media

Mashable has a nice story about why you should have a Social Media Policy at your agency. Having a policy in place that delineates who may or may not post on behalf of your agency that addresses this is vital. The Social Media Governance website has 82 examples of social media policies in place at corporations. You should review these to see what you may glean for your own agency’s policy. Tags: Education and Training Policy Tools mashable social media

Policy 100

How to Adapt Your Membership Renewal Policies to COVID-19 Challenges

Wild Apricot

In this post, we cover solutions to membership renewal admin challenges you might be facing during COVID-19. Learn how to defer renewal dates, freeze a membership, and more

Policy 101

Got Social Media Policy?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The other day, Matt Sharp shared this link to a social media policy generator called the Social Media Policy Tool. It asks you 12 questions mostly having to do with control and then spits out the biolerplate for your policy. Does your nonprofit have a social media policy?

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5 Tips For Writing A Company Policy

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Keep these five tips in mind when you craft your next company policy: Keep the policy short and simple. Get rid of two old policies for every new policy you implement. Make sure that your organization's policy and procedures are written to serve your employees and customers--not just your organization. Don't write a policy in reaction to a single incident. Don't write a policy longer than one-page, no matter how large your organization may be.

Nonprofit Social Media Policy Workbook

Wild Apricot

If you need to develop a social media policy, here's an overview of a great workbook and social media policy template from Idealware. social media

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Five Must-Have Security Policies

Idealware

Written policies and regular training are critical for every nonprofit because they empower staffers to take action to protect your data against malicious software. Here are the five data security policies that you need to write this year. Outline how much of the acceptable use policy applies to personal devices and provide additional guidance for how they can stay safe when they’re outside the office. The post Five Must-Have Security Policies appeared first on Idealware.

Five Tips For Writing Company Policies

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Keep these five tips in mind when you craft your next company policy: Keep the policy short and simple. Get rid of two old policies for every new policy you implement. Make sure that your organization's policy and procedures are written to serve your employees and customers--not just your organization. Don't write a policy in reaction to a single incident. Don't write a policy longer than one-page, no matter how large your organization may be.

A Little Privacy, Please! Your Rights and Social Media Policies

SocialFish

Read our privacy policy.”. If social media websites really did respect your privacy, would policies be so littered with jargon that the entire document reads like fine print? One of the social media privacy (or “data use”) policies to capture the most heated attention is Facebook’s. “A A privacy policy is a disclosure document, whose purpose is to inform (and therefore protect) consumers,” Businessweek advised business owners.

A 12 Word Social Media Policy

SocialFish

Continuing my “awesome finds on the interwebs” series this week, here is the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media’s 12-word social media policy. That’s why you must develop a social media policy and provide orientation and training, and when you or others in your organization make mistakes, view them as learning opportunities. You may want to elaborate in your social media guidelines or policy, but these 12 words provide a solid foundation.

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The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

EveryAction

As policy changes unfold at the federal, state and local levels, the communities and issues we care about as corporate social responsibility professionals inevitably face uncertainty. It's finally here!

Five Tips For How To Write A Company Policy

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Keep these five tips in mind when you craft your next company policy: Keep the policy short and simple. Get rid of two old policies for every new policy you implement. Make sure that your organization's policy and procedures are written to serve your employees and customers--not just your organization. Don't write a policy in reaction to a single incident. Don't write a policy longer than one-page, no matter how large your organization may be.

Does your organization need a social media policy?

SocialFish

The post Does your organization need a social media policy? Well, maybe, maybe not. Tip o’the hat to Liam Barrington Bush aka @hackofalltrades. The flowchart is funny, but the reasoning behind it is pretty serious. Do you trust your staff? If not, why are they your staff? appeared first on Social Fish

How to Make Your Nonprofit Recession-Proof: Perfect Your Operating Reserves Policy

Blue Fox

First off: do you have an operating reserves policy? If so, when is the last time your leadership team reviewed the policy? ” Our team at Blue Fox hears comments like this all the time, “Yes, we have a policy. Policy approval should be unanimous.

Social Enterprise Summit's Policy Track

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

One of the highlights of last week's Social Enterprise Alliance's Summit was the Launch of the Policy Track. A lot of cool things happened in the policy track (even I spoke), but I think the interesting thing was Carlos' comments. According to Carlos, the Office is part of the domestic policy team inside the White House. We were delighted to have with us Carlos Monje of the White House Office of Social Innovation (so new, it doesn't have a website).

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Telework Policies

Tech Soup Blog

Let's say that you're convinced that it's worth saving something over $10,000 per employee per year by having them work from home at least half-time.

5 Tips For Writing A Company Policy

Eric Jacobson

Keep these five tips in mind when you craft your next company policy: Keep the policy short and simple. Get rid of two old policies for every new policy you implement. Make sure that your organization's policy and procedures are written to serve your employees and customers--not just your organization. Don't write a policy in reaction to a single incident. Don't write a policy longer than one-page, no matter how large your organization may be.

11 Hispanic and Latino Organizations Everyone Should Know

EveryAction

Founded in 1981, NALEO Educational Fund achieves its mission through integrated strategies that include increasing the effectiveness of Latino policymakers, mobilizing the Latino community to engage in civic life and promoting policies that advance Latino political engagement.

How are you training your staff about your social media policy?

SocialFish

How are you training your staff about your social media policy? Risk and Social Media social media policiesCheck out this awesome training video from the Victoria (Australia) Department of Justice for their employees. The good part starts about a minute into it). Thanks to Leslie White for the find. Anyone have any creative training tips that are working well?

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The Nonprofit Social Media Policy Workbook

Idealware

As nonprofits have increasingly turned to social media, policies and guidelines to govern their use of social media have become the new frontier. A good social media policy will provide clear guidelines as to what staff should and shouldn’t do when posting and interacting with the community on a day-to-day basis. Your organization can create a policy to help guide your whole staff simply by thinking about how you would like to make use of social media.

How To Write A Company Policy

Eric Jacobson

Keep these five tips in mind when you craft your next company policy: Keep the policy short and simple. Get rid of two old policies for every new policy you implement. Make sure that your organization's policy and procedures are written to serve your employees and customers--not just your organization. Don't write a policy in reaction to a single incident. Don't write a policy longer than one-page, no matter how large your organization may be.

Why Your Nonprofit Website Needs a Privacy Policy (And What to Include)

AFP Blog

Why Your Nonprofit Website Needs a Privacy Policy (And What to Include) : "If you’re a typical nonprofit, you probably collect a significant amount of sensitive information from your users—even if it’s simply the IP addresses gathered by your site statistics package. Your privacy policy can no longer be an afterthought—it needs to be a prominent feature on your website and written in words that the average user can understand without hiring a lawyer." 'via

Policy 100

Telework Policies

Tech Soup Blog

Let's say that you're convinced that it's worth saving something over $10,000 per employee per year, according to a recent study from Citrix , by having them work from home at least half-time. You're willing to believe you'll get increased.( read more ). GreenTech Running Your Organization Staff telework distributed team online collaboration

More on Social Media Policies

SocialFish

Social Media Policy View more presentations from Elizabeth Engel. --. Tags: risk management policy Since we're talking about this a lot lately, here's another good slide deck from Elizabeth Engel. Plus we're quoted.

Five Tips For Writing A Company Policy

Eric Jacobson

Keep these five tips in mind when you craft your next company policy: Keep the policy short and simple. Get rid of two old policies for every new policy you implement. Make sure that your organization''s policy and procedures are written to serve your employees and customers--not just your organization. Don''t write a policy in reaction to a single incident. Don''t write a policy longer than one-page, no matter how large your organization may be.

Does Your Institution Have an Advocacy Policy?

Museum 2.0

Ultimately, I decided we couldn't sign - not because it was the wrong thing to do, but because we didn't have any kind of policy beyond directorial discretion to decide when it might be appropriate to take a political stand as an institution. I took the issue to the board, and we agreed that we need to develop some kind of advocacy policy to be able to answer these phone calls with confidence. In October of 2015, I got a call from a community partner.

Writing Nonprofit IT Policies and Procedures

AFP Blog

Writing Nonprofit IT Policies and Procedures: "As with any operation, your IT department becomes more difficult to manage the more it grows. If you’re the part-time techie at your nonprofit, you don’t need a lot of elaborate policies and procedures. However, if there are seven IT staff and 60 regular employees in your organization, it’s more important to have some written statements regarding

Policy 100

A Twitter-Like Twitter Policy

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Our Twitter policy: Be professional, kind, discreet, authentic. Tags: policy Represent us well. Remember that you can’t control it once you hit “update.” via Gruntled Employees Blog.

Donor Recognition Policies: A How-To Overview

Donor Search

To launch a successful fundraising program, an organization should have created a number of documents, including the Case for Support, Gift Acceptance Policies and Procedures, and a Donor Recognition Policy. The Case explains “why” you are raising money, the Gift Acceptance Policies delineate what constitutes an acceptable gift and under what circumstances your organization will… Education

How do you train staff on your social media policies?

SocialFish

We are working with many organizations on their social media policies, including training staff on how to apply them. Check out our policies white paper , which includes a template which has been used by dozens of associations, and contact us if you’d like help writing (or rolling out) your policies. Watch this great video introducing social media guidelines. Hat tip to Christina Stallings for the find!

Cluetrain-Plus-Ten: On Social Media Policies

SocialFish

We're testing out policies, looking at examples from the corporate world, discussing how to adapt them to our industry. These concerns are also different if you are talking about policies for employees, for members, for commenters, etc.; Tags: policy social media

How the NWF Created Their Facebook Page Community Policy

John Haydon

We discuss how she created the NWF Facebook Page policy, which covers the following elements: Definition of community goals. Facebook comments policy community managament facebook pageHere’s another snippet from when Danielle Brigida and I hung out on Google Plus. Clear definitions around what is and what is not appropriate. Consequences for bad behavior.

Tips For Writing A Company Policy

Eric Jacobson

Keep these five tips in mind when you craft your next company policy: Keep the policy short and simple. Get rid of two old policies for every new policy you implement. Make sure that your organization''s policy and procedures are written to serve your employees and customers--not just your organization. Don''t write a policy in reaction to a single incident. Don''t write a policy longer than one-page, no matter how large your organization may be.

How To Write A Company Policy

Eric Jacobson

Keep these five tips in mind when you craft your next company policy: Keep the policy short and simple. Get rid of two old policies for every new policy you implement. Make sure that your organization''s policy and procedures are written to serve your employees and customers--not just your organization. Don''t write a policy in reaction to a single incident. Don''t write a policy longer than one-page, no matter how large your organization may be.

New Article: Creating a Social Media Policy

Idealware

A good social media policy will provide clear guidelines as to what staff should and shouldn’t do when posting and interacting with the community on a day-to-day basis, freeing them up to think more strategically. In Idealware's new article, Creating a Social Media Policy , Andrea Berry and Ben Stuart will walk you through the main issues that your policy should address. Still need some help creating your policy?

A Little Privacy, Please! Your Rights and Social Media Policies

SocialFish

Read our privacy policy.”. If social media websites really did respect your privacy, would policies be so littered with jargon that the entire document reads like fine print? One of the social media privacy (or “data use”) policies to capture the most heated attention is Facebook’s. “A A privacy policy is a disclosure document, whose purpose is to inform (and therefore protect) consumers,” Businessweek advised business owners.

Five Tips For Writing Company Policies

Eric Jacobson

Keep these five tips in mind when you craft your next company policy: Keep the policy short and simple. Get rid of two old policies for every new policy you implement. Make sure that your organization's policy and procedures are written to serve your employees and customers--not just your organization. Don't write a policy in reaction to a single incident. Don't write a policy longer than one-page, no matter how large your organization may be.

Setting the Tone: Achieve More with Expectations and Policies

NonProfit Hub

Even beyond those three basic principles, Joyaux said you can set up policies for the board to operate at a high level. The post Setting the Tone: Achieve More with Expectations and Policies appeared first on Nonprofit Hub. This post was originally featured in our May/June edition of the Nonprofit Hub Magazine. To get our next issue delivered to your mailbox, sign up here. _. When it comes to grading your board of directors, break out the bell curve.

Creating a Social Media Policy

Idealware

As social media transparency and two-way conversations become the norm many organizations are racing to develop a social media policy that governs who does what, what's OK (and not OK) to say on behalf of the org, and how to handle sticky situations. Event Price: 40.00. EventDate: April 26, 2012 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm. Type: Live Training.

Social Media Policy Best Practices: Trust Is Cheaper Than Control

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

What’s In A Social Media Policy? The tone and philosophy in a social media policy depends on the risk appetite of the organization. More conservative organizations and fields, might have a more restrictive social media policies. Who will vet the policy?

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How to make a comments policy for your nonprofit’s blog

John Haydon

What is a comments policy? A comments policy is a set of rules and expectations your readers can follow when commenting. A good comments policy should accomplish the following goals: Encourage the reader to comment, debate and even disagree. How to write a comments policy.