Charity Fundraising Ideas – Plan A Great Event

Charity Fundraising Ideas – Plan A Great Event

This post shares fundraising event ideas and then deals with the harder part – running the event so that it actually works! Discover how to execute these charity event ideas effectively even if you are a small charity with a limited budget.

Fundraising events are a staple for large charities like Macmillan and Oxfam but how do you run successful fundraising events as a small charity? That’s what we address in this post. We cover a range of the most popular types of fundraising events:

Sponsored Events

This is the easiest way to get started as a small charity. Many of our small charity clients raise significant sums through sponsored events like walks, runs or bike rides. If you want to integrate sponsored events into the fabric of your charity there are two stages:

  • Support individuals at other events

  • Organise your own events

Supporting Individuals At Other Events

You may have supporters who are already considering fundraising ideas like marathons or bike rides. If you want to get started then research a few upcoming local events and email your supporters to ask if anyone is considering attending. If so they might like to do it as a sponsored event to raise funds for your charity. This takes very little effort and you have nothing to lose.

As you build momentum with this approach here are some practical tips:

Segment: Create a segment within your list of supporters for those who engage with raising money for you through sponsored events.

Blog: Create a blog post or news story about the event. Name, thank and praise your fundraisers before and after the event.

List Event: Publish upcoming fundraising events on your website with clear instructions on how to get involved.

General Info: Add a page to your website on how to fundraise for you. Include resources like brand assets your supporters can use to represent you.

Choose A Platform: Review the choice of fundraising websites and register with one. You want to make it a frictionless process for people to raise money on your behalf!

Organising Your Own Charity Events

If you want to be more ambitious you could consider running your own sponsored events. You stand to raise a lot more money and awareness as everyone who attends will be doing so for your cause alone. The downside of this approach is obvious – lots of work. But the upsides are significant. You get much more exposure for your charity brand and build a sense of team and comradery between your supporters.

The easiest way to organise your first event is to copy the model above. Local bike rides, walks or runs are relatively easy to organise and you can often get sponsorship from businesses whose products or services might be relevant. If you want to organise a bike ride, get the local bike shop to offer their maintenance services on the route. This delegates an otherwise daunting task and builds a relationship with a local business who will promote your event.

If you’re feeling more ambitious you could organise a group adventure. Trekking in the Andes or climbing Kilimanjaro is a significant enough challenge for most people that they will want to spread the word far and wide to attract sponsorship. When planning a group adventure, here are a few things to consider.

Challenging: If it’s a challenge, your supporters are more likely to raise significant sums.

Exciting: If it’s exciting they are more likely to talk about it with their friends and raise awareness.

Connected: If there is a clear connection to your cause it will be much easier for people to mention you when they talk about the event.

Group Size: Plan the group size carefully. It will be much smaller than an easy-to-access local event. Consider a minimum sponsorship level to enter to ensure you make good returns.

Community Events

Here are a few examples of popular community events:

Bake Sale

Some people love an excuse to bake. Some people love an excuse to eat cake. A bake sale taps into the basic human need for eating and makes it fun, accessible and very low effort. Part with a few and help our cause, easy. If you have a physical building with decent passing traffic you could do this on the street outside if it’s decent weather (remember to get permission).

Jumble Sale

People who would never give to charity will happily pick up a bargain at a jumble sale or car boot sale. These kinds of events can also be great for bringing the community together and exposing more people to the cause of the charity. If you hold it in a local school, community centre or church it can also be the first step toward a new local partnership.

Christmas Fayre

Christmas can be a great focal point for you to bring together local talent and Christmas shoppers. Think carefully about how you pitch the event and ensure the quality of the products. You may consider partnering with local artisan businesses who may see it as a good opportunity to promote their products and in return would be happy to give a certain proportion of sales to your charity.

Charity Fundraising Dinners

The main strength of the fundraising dinner is that it’s a great social occasion. It is a good opportunity for the charity to explain what they do in a relaxed but formal setting. It’s also a great way to thank existing supporters, build a sense of community around the cause and allow existing supporters to introduce the charity to their networks.

Here are some practical tips on how to run fundraising dinners well:

Venue Choice: Fundraising dinners rely on supporters inviting their network so the venue needs to be easy to get to and well suited to the demographics of your audience and their guests.

Delegate: Get professional caterers to manage the food logistics. In time you may want to branch out and build a volunteer team to help with this but it’s a very challenging task so don’t bite off more than you can chew!

Group Tickets: You want your existing supporters to invite their friends and colleagues. Selling tickets by the table or half table can make it much easier to fill the seats.

Agenda: Publish the agenda before you promote tickets. Supporters need to know what they should expect so they can confidently invite others from their network.

Account For Your Time: Don’t underestimate the amount of work involved. Make sure that you factor in staff time when you consider your overall costs to help make sure that you are making a net profit, not a loss.



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Skills All Students Need To Be Successful

Skills All Students Need To Be Successful

The jobs market changes in every few years and the educational changes flow with it. However, there are few essential skills that every student (graduate and job candidate) needs to have to give him the best chance at landing a job.

Below we have top 10 skills that students need to succeed:

Adaptive Thinking

The ability to adapt to change and a positive attitude about the change, go a long way towards growing a successful career. Employers need workers who can adapt to industry shifts and keep the company running.


Effective communication is about openly and honestly sharing information in a way that creates mutual understanding between all parties involved about the other’s thoughts, intentions and ideas, whether they agree or not.

Collaboration Skills

Future employers will need to quickly adapt to a culture of collaboration. They will need to collaborate with others within and outside the organisation, often using a number of new technologies.

Critical Thinking And Problem Solving Skills

Decision making and problem solving is another skill that is high in demand. The ability to identify complex problems and review related information in order to develop and implement solutions, can distinguish one employee from another. In a rapidly changing world, employers need employees who can solve problems, provide ideas and help improve the organisation.


This includes the ability for employers to independently plan, organise, create and execute rather than wait for someone to do this for them.

Inquiry Skills

The ability to ask great questions, however, is a critical skill that is desperately needed in a culture which requires constant innovations. If the thought of asking makes you break, try practicing in non-work related contexts.

Technology Skills

It goes without saying that this generation of students is the most tech savvy ever. Be sure and utilise all the tech you can. While the basics like Microsoft Office are required just about everywhere, having a knowledge of computer security, HTML, and other tech practices can help you stand out.

Creativity And Innovation

This skill correlates the ability to ask good questions and the ability to solve problems. Employers will be looking for employees with more and more creative and innovative solutions to the existing issues.

Soft Skills

Soft skills are key to building relationships, gaining visibility, and creating more opportunities for advancement. These skills are not specific to one career but are generic across all employment sectors.

Empathy And Perspective

Although this skill has always been important, it seems to be another one that is slowly disappearing. It is the ability for our students to put themselves in someone else’s shoes, to understand their feelings, and to help solve their problems.




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Charity Membership Rules – What Is A Charity Member?

Charity Membership Rules – What Is A Charity Member?

Charity membership is a powerful model. By empowering a wide range of people around a specific cause, the membership model enables charities to grow stronger, impact society and have sustainable funding.

By explaining charity membership rules and their practical implications, this post will help you unlock the potential of membership for your organisation.

What Is A Charity Member?

In most charities, members are the foundation of the legal structure: the charity must have one or more members in order to exist. However, the nature of this membership varies dramatically.

The role of members in UK charities falls into the following three broad categories:

  1. members are the same people as the directors/trustees
  2. members are a wider group of people on whom the charity typically relies for revenue or for the carrying out of its work
  3. members are a small group of one or more people who set the charity up and wish to retain strategic control (rare)

The new charity structure called the Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) calls the first category Foundation CIOs and the second category Association CIOs.

To the public, charities in which a wide group of members play a significant role tend to describe themselves as membership organisations, associations or societies. Prominent examples of charities with a wide membership are The National Trust, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and The Scout Association.

Rules – Joining And Leaving

The core provisions for appointment of members and their relationship with directors/trustees will be contained in the charity’s constitutional documents (e.g. the Articles of Association for charitable companies). For charities with a wider membership, they are likely to also have a separate document governing the terms of membership. The terms of membership should include reference to the following items, some of which are discussed more in the remainder of this post.

  • Who can join? If membership is not open to the public, what criteria must be met?
  • What fees are payable?
  • What benefits come with membership?
  • How long does membership last and how is it renewed?
  • In what situation can members be barred or removed?
  • How are membership terms reviewed and amended?

What Role Do Charity Members Play?

The details of a member’s rights vary depending on the legal structure of the charity and the charity’s membership rules but in general members have the following powers:

  • remove and replace directors/trustees
  • amend constitutional documents (subject to Charity Commission consent)
  • approve certain transactions between the company and its directors/trustees
  • in some cases, control the destination of any remaining assets when the charity is wound up

It is the trustees who have day-to-day control over the charity’s operation so the membership power with the most impact is the election of charity trustees. The High Court recently clarified that this right must be exercised in the best interests of the charity.
Practically, these rights often boil down to an invitation to attend, and vote at, the charity’s Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Charity Membership Fees & Benefits

For charities seeking to engage with a wider membership, it is often necessary to incentivise prospective members with additional benefits. This is even truer if a membership fee is required.

A compelling membership offering may include:

  • a meaningful role in the running of the charity
  • participation in a like-minded community
  • practical benefits, such as exclusive discounts and offers

However, charities should be mindful of some restrictions in this area.

Public Benefit Restrictions

If you set up a charity with a wider membership, it mustn’t be set up only for the benefit of your members unless:

  • a sufficient section of the public can access those benefits by becoming members – for example, anyone can join
  • the membership structure is a suitable way of carrying out your charity’s purposes for the public benefit – for example, members of an amateur sport club

HMRC Gift Aid On Membership Fees

The gift aid scheme allows charities to claim extra money from HMRC on donations from taxpayers. While it can generally only be claimed on gifts, it can in certain circumstances be claimed on membership fees.

To claim gift aid on membership fees you must demonstrate that the member does not benefit significantly from the fee they are paying. The rules on this are complex and you are best seeking expert advice if this is a question you are facing. Many of the large membership charities like The National Trust and English Heritage successfully claim back gift aid on many of their membership fees despite the fact that these membership offerings provide clear and desirable benefits.

Supporters Who Are Not Officially Members

Many charities seek to draw on the benefits of a membership scheme while maintaining the simplicity of a ‘foundation’ model of charity (where members are the same as trustees). In these situations, the scheme is sometimes referred to informally as a ‘membership scheme’ but care must be taken in setting this up. One way to avoid confusion is to call unofficial ‘members’ by a different name, such as ‘friends’ or ‘sponsors’.

Whatever such schemes are called, the same restrictions about benefits to members and gift aid still apply and it is prudent to set out the terms of the scheme clearly in written form.



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10 Things You Need To Crack An IT Interview

10 Things You Need To Crack An IT Interview

Cracking interviews is by no means a cake walk, especially the technical ones. With the organisations becoming more technology focused , the software development market is growing every day. This calls for more and more people to be employed in this industry.

Whether you are a fresh candidate or someone with experience, it is extremely important that you should be able to impress the recruiter. So, if you have already received an interview call, make sure that you are able to prove your mettle in the first round of interview to make it to the subsequent rounds. To prepare for an IT interview, be sure to keep these tips in mind –

Research About The Company And Its Domain

It is extremely important to research about the company, gain some know how about its business and the technologies it works on. Going unprepared demonstrates your lack of interest in the position.

Prepare Yourself For Aptitude Tests, Skill Tests, Etc.

The interview process at most IT places comprises of a test to check your aptitude, vocabulary, technical skills etc. You may also be required to do some on the spot programming. If you want to get the job, you need to prepare yourself well to clear this round of interview.

Exhibit Your Knowledge About Various Facets Of Software

On most occasions, you will be interviewed only for one position – developer, team lead, project manager or tester for example. If you exhibit knowledge about other related facets of the position, you can make a stronger candidate for the other positions as well.

Get Your Geek On

When you’re busy in technical discussions, try to weave your personal interests and opinions on the topics at hand. If you’re asked about the merits of MySQL partitioning, discuss your experiences. This will help you develop a rapport with the interviewer quickly.

Be Honest About Your Knowledge

A necessary evil of applying for an IT job is the technical interview. You either know the answer or you don’t, so be honest if you don’t. Nothing makes an interviewer more uncomfortable than a candidate taking with wild guesses when answering interview questions.

Be Confident And Humble

Show your enthusiasm and confidence during the interview but since you will be required to work in a team it is extremely important to be humble and pleasant to work with. This is one of the qualities recruiters would want to see in a candidate.

Show Your Communication Skills

One of the most important qualities recruiters look for in candidates is their ability to communicate clearly. This means – how good is the candidate at explaining and understanding things. Software development is more of a team work wherein you are required to interact regularly with your team and people from client’s team. So, it is extremely important that you know the common language.

Talk Positive And Be Enthusiastic

Interviewers love enthusiastic candidates. If you come across as confident and positive, your interviewer will be more at ease and more likely to engage with you. In addition to your technical aptitude and personality, an interviewer wants to make sure you’ll be happy if you’re offered the position.

Don’t Tell Lies

With so many social networking sites being in place it is extremely easy for the employer to verify everything you said during the interview. You might get the job by telling lies but the day they are exposed, the only door left open for you will be the exit door.

Don’t Bug Them By Following Up

When your interview gets over, another important and polite thing to do is drop a thank you e-mail. Bugging them with a phone call every day is not going to help. No company would like to let a good candidate get lost. So, just drop a thank you e-mail and wait for them to come back.





Why Your Company Culture Should Match Your Brand?

Why Your Company Culture Should Match Your Brand?

When you define your company’s culture and the brand, do they have the same definition? Are you giving the same experience to your employees that you give to your customers? It’s very important to have the same culture internally as well as externally because your employees are your biggest brand ambassadors. It’s been said that companies with a strong company culture have a less employee attrition rate as compared to the ones who don’t. Also a good company culture results into 31% more productivity from the employees. Now, let’s have an elaborate look as to how a good company culture helps with brand building.

Company Mission

The first and foremost step for a company is to be transparent about their priorities and this can be conveyed properly through the company culture. Employees that are content with their company culture will work on the company’s mission with complete passion helping the company stay in line with their goals, which could be both short term and long term.

Employee Recognition

A strong company culture includes employee recognition which in other words means communication with your employees about your business aims and objectives in order to give them the assurance that their contribution to the company matters. Every company should have a quarterly Recognition and Reward policy, where there is an acknowledgement and appreciation of the top performers of the company on a consistent basis. The more content the employees, the more productive, passionate and innovative they are with their work.


Trust and transparency is a huge part of a healthy company culture. With honest communication, you have a clear picture of the day to day happenings of the company. When the lower level employees are scared of making mistakes or talking to their superiors, problems will stay undetected till they lead to an emergency. When your employees trust you enough to speak honestly about their shortcomings, it will be easier to deal with them and convert them into strengths that will support the company’s goals.

Employee Retention

A company’s culture is directly connected to your employee’s turnover rate, and your employee’s turnover rate is connected to your company’s success. A strong company culture motivates your employees to make extra effort towards their work which in turn leads to higher productivity. It’s difficult to build a brand if there is a constant employee turnover as it’s time consuming to find new employees, train them as per your company structure, not to mention its expensive as well.

Brand Identity

Finally, a company culture creates your brand identity. For example, if you believe your brand to be simple and warm, your business development representative will be trained to communicate and connect with the customers accordingly, who will further perceive your brand to be completely approachable. Brands infact do create a unique identity these days in order to get an edge over the competition. And this can begin from your employees itself, the stronger your culture, the stronger your brand identity.

There is no ‘right’ culture. Identify the elements that will help create your required brand identity and accordingly build your company culture. When your company culture and your brand is integrated, you increase productivity, efficiency, quality, customer loyalty and goodwill in the industry that would turn your brand into unique entity that others would like to follow.

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5 Elements for an Effective Resume

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5 Elements for an Effective Resume


5 Elements for an Effective Resume

resume is a crucial piece of the puzzle to a successful career. Studies indicate that a recruiter scans a resume in 10-15 seconds and that it!

Hence, the content layout and language has to be dynamic enough for an employer to give the resume a longer look. Five major elements to attain an interview-winning resume are:

  1. Decide the focus and create the objective: 

The job objective should be a crisp and concise statement of what you intend to pursue. It should include these:

– Target functional area
– Preferred location
– Preferred industry

2. An effective summary:

This aims at presenting the snapshot of a person’s professional profile to a potential recruiter. It demonstrates an ability to generate a significant return on the employers’ investment in a candidate. Use bullets to emphasize points and include the following points in the summary:

– Total years of experience
– Present / last position with the present / last company associated with
– Stints are taken across the career supporting your target functional areas
– Highest qualification and any important work-related professional enhancement courses undertaken
– Your personal work-style and unique personality traits

3. Organisational experience:

The content should be organized in such a manner that the recruiter gets to read the most relevant material first with a special emphasis on one’s achievements. The sentences should be well-structured to be positive, brief and accurate. There ought to be a fine balance of including your keywords & phrases for ranking optimization. Use verb tense consistently and highlight major portions like growth path, deputations, a project undertaken in bold and italics but do not overdo this.

4. Quantify your achievements:

Achievements sections focus on what a person has actually accomplished in her assignments which in turn, translates into what a person can do for a potential employer. The achievements should exhibit a PAR (Problem-Action-Result) Pattern to exemplify the benefit of the action taken to you as an individual and the organization as a whole. The accomplishments should also be quantified to add credibility to your resume. Moreover, you can use percentages as a metric to highlight your efforts.

5. Use the perfect format & language structure:

 We should ensure perfection in language; that the resume is written in perfect English with appropriate professional jargon & vocabulary. The format should be chosen as per the target industry and functional area. There are three major formats used widely namely Chronological, Functional & Mixed Formats:
– A chronological format is used when you have a steady employment history
– A functional resume emphasizes more on skill sets rather than chronology. It is best suited for people who possess diverse skills and one who are changing careers.
– A mixed format focuses both on skills & experience and works for everyone. Thus, it is most commonly used worldwide.


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Ways To Get Hired With A Good Resume

Ways To Get Hired With A Good Resume

 Ways To Get Hired With A Good Resume

Looking For A Job? Don’t Miss These Definite Ways To Get Hired

The number of applicants is always more than the number of jobs available. In this scenario, the only way to make it through is to get noticed and to stand out from the crowd. Let us look at few factors which will go a long way in boosting your chances of getting selected and acing that interview.

The Right Company

As long as you are sure about the area in which you want to pursue a career, find a company which you feel is the right match for your aim, objectives and skill sets. The company should obviously be doing well in its area. Gather all the relevant information about them. Make yourself aware of the latest happenings in the company and how it has been doing in the market. Based on these findings, decide if you want to work for the company or not.

The Application

The next step is, naturally, applying to the company. Irrespective of whether the company is hiring or not, you can always forward your resume to the hiring department. Above all, make it very clear why you want to work for that specific company. Mention the factors which compel you to want to work for them. You can mention a project they are working on, or if you have any ideas which can be implemented for the sake of value addition in the company.

The Interview

Prepare yourself well in advance for the interview. Get all your facts right and be ready to answer any question that may come your way. Most importantly, do not try to lie or bluff your way through. Feel free to ask any questions of your own that you may have.

Social Networks

Social networking is an effective tool to market your abilities in today’s world. Post your resume on various job sites and keep your LinkedIn profile regularly updated. Companies often tend to scout online profiles for prospective employees and you don’t want to be overlooked when this happens.


Keep your contact with the relevant people. Ask your friends in different organisations to notify you about openings specific to your area of work. This is where your contacts will come in handy. It will give you an edge over other applicants as you will be among the earliest to apply.


Things That Define A Killer Resume

Your resume is the most important document you will ever own. A resume is often the first point of contact between you and your next employer. When you have a well-written professional resume, your chances are much higher of getting shortlisted, also nothing can beat your chances of getting a job if you have a killer resume that shows off your education, skills and experience well. Here are 10 things that define a killer resume:

Your Resume Isn’t About You

It’s about how you fit the employer’s job requirements. Always organise and select your most relevant accomplishments, skills, and experiences for the position. The most effective resumes are clearly focused on a specific job title and address the employer‘s stated needs.

Your Resume Must Sell You In Seconds

Show how you contribute to the position at a glance. Your resume is a failure if the employer doesn’t instantly see you have what it takes.

Your Resume Is A Marketing Tool, Not A Personal Document

Sell yourself, not your life story. Leave the personal stuff off your resume and focus on the skills that sizzle.

Your Resume Should Highlight Your Accomplishments

Your resume highlights your accomplishments, not job duties or descriptions. Write your resume to emphasise what you did well, not what your duties entailed.

Your Resume Must Focus On Your Future, Not Your Past

Don’t become a historian by documenting your life in routine format.

Your Resume Should Show Skills You Enjoy

Your resume shows the skills you enjoy, not skills you have to use. Why focus on the stuff you don’t want to do? Highlight the skills you love!

Your Resume Is Not Confessional

You don’t have to tell all. Who cares if you were on sick leave with 2 kids to feed. Stick to what’s relevant, important, and marketable.

Your Resume Must List The Important Facts First

Hiring teams will not stick around to find how the story ends.

Your Resume Must Be Free From Grammatical Errors

Your resume must be free from grammatical and typographical errors. Get someone to review and edit your resume before you apply to the job.

Your Resume Must Have A Clean Layout

No one wants to read a garbled mess. If you can’t design your own layout, start with a template. A killer resume increases the employer‘s interest enough to land you a job interview. That’s it. A resume‘s purpose is to get your foot in the door and take you to the next step. Hopefully, your next step won’t be to the dreaded paper shredder.



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Ways To Make An Impact — Without Starting A Nonprofit

Ways To Make An Impact — Without Starting A Nonprofit

Of the many conversations I’ve had as a social entrepreneur, talking to eager entrepreneurs-to-be about their dreams of starting a nonprofit is one of the most common. It seems like everyone wants to start something.

And while some people have truly found a niche warranting a new nonprofit or social impact organization, there are other ideas, and even entrepreneurs, who should reconsider. While it can be energizing and exciting to operate a nonprofit, it’s also a lot of work, and there are some ideas that can be fulfilled in ways much easier than a formal nonprofit.

According to the National Executive Service Corps, nonprofits might fail for a number of reasons, with financial sustainability as an obvious one. But many nonprofits fail for other reasons, like disengaged board members or lack of strategy and planning.

So, before you jump into a formal nonprofit, consider these three alternatives:

Launch A Community Project

There are great ideas suitable for a project, rather than a formal organization that will exist after your goal has been accomplished. You can get a team together, work with your community or local government officials to make it happen, and can set up a time-constrained initiative to make a difference. And one other benefit? Many nonprofits get started this way, after organically testing the market, testing an idea, and validating the need in your community or region.

So before you start a nonprofit, consider if your idea could be fulfilled through a community project or campaign – or at least evaluate if this is the best place to start.

Partner With An Existing Nonprofit

This one’s important. Although you may have an idea that’s tangentially different from what another nonprofit is already doing, does your idea truly warrant a completely independent organization? If not, consider partnering with a nonprofit that’s already up and running. There might be other reasons for not partnering, like difference in philosophy, so make sure to start with research. Do your homework and find out what organizations already exist and learn about who your hoping to help.

If you find a nonprofit already doing what you hoped to do, contact them to see if you can partner on idea, project or if they would fiscally sponsor your cause under their nonprofit umbrella. Otherwise, consider donating, volunteering your time, or advocating. Just because you’re not in charge doesn’t mean you can’t make a big difference through your time, energy and generosity.

Start A Purpose-Driven Business

With new business structures like the Benefit Corporation (or B Corp), it’s possible now more than ever to create a business with a purpose-over-profit mission. Whether you create a product and launch a 1-for-1 strategy or hire individuals in need of a second chance, there are many ways to give back in a for-profit business, and you might even be able to partner with an existing nonprofit through a business you start.

The same rules apply here, however. Make sure you’re solving the right problem and that there’s a market for your idea. But a for-profit endeavor can be a unique way to support existing nonprofits and avoid the often-cutthroat competition for funding and donor support.

In the age of entrepreneurship when more and more people are joining the ranks as social entrepreneurs, it can sometimes take more courage not to start something new. It can be humbling and sometimes disappointing, but could be better in the end to support existing founders and the organizations they’ve created – through giving, volunteering, advocating, or even joining the cause as an employee.

And don’t get me wrong – there are amazing opportunities in the nonprofit sector. There are unexplored opportunities and underserved communities, so for some people, launching a new nonprofit will make the most sense.

But no matter what decision you make, just make sure your idea is solving an actual problem – and don’t start a nonprofit or social impact organization with ego or pride in mind. Instead, consider all of your options and be honest with yourself about where you can truly add value.




Joining A New Job? Ask These Things From HR First

Joining A New Job? Ask These Things From HR First

A new job offer brings new opportunities, more money, growth, excitement and chances of a big promotion. Before you hurriedly take that offer and sign your name on the dotted line, you need to be sure about a certain set of things. Remember, with a job offer, the ball is in your court. They want you. You hold the power, and you should make sure you get exactly what you want.

Here are some questions that you should get answered first and foremost. Many of these are not things that you can ask during your interview. So before you finally sign the appointment letter, check with your HR about the following things:

What type of work will I be doing?

Check with the HR about your designation and the kind of work that you will be expected to do. Ask questions about what all will the job profile include and what the company expects from you.

Ask about the team members?

It’s good to be around good people. Talk to the HR about your team. If there are talented and smart people in your team, work is more likely to be fun. This will help you grow professionally. Good team members indicate that the team is capable, but the lack of them might also indicate that you will have the opportunity to build the team’s capabilities.

What are the pay, benefits etc?

Ask the HR members to clearly define all the salary related provisions. Be it benefits, tax provisions, deductions or reimbursement, everything should have a prior clarity.

How many casual and sick leaves do I get?

Every company has a certain number of casual and sick leaves allotted to the employees. Ask the HR about the number of leaves allotted to you and the process of getting it approved. Ask about the provisions for late comings of taking a half day from the office. Make sure to have the details of the person you need to inform in case of any emergency.

What are the promotion opportunities?

It’s better to be at the bottom of a ladder you want to climb than halfway up one you don’t. This is very good advice, and something you must keep in mind when you are considering the new job. So ask about the growth opportunities and the scope of promotions in the organisation. Try asking about how and what all needs to be done to broaden the scope of climbing the hierarchical ladder.

How is the working culture of the company?

Is it a fun place to work? Is there a strict dress code? Is there a great social life outside of the office? Are the hours somewhat flexible, or do you have to be there exactly at 9 AM and leave at 5 PM? Is lunch a strict one-hour affair, or is there wiggle room? Are there office parties and gift exchanges? Is the office full of cliques that make it difficult to fit in and make friends? You want to know as much about the culture as you can. You spend more time at the office than you do at home, so it should be a place you enjoy working at.

By asking for the above details you not only satisfy your job quests but also prepare yourself for the excitement that’s coming with the new job offer. Once you’re contented with everything, the workplace will be a fun place to be. This will help you work with sheer dedication and passion.


Fundamental Questions To Consider Before Starting A Nonprofit Organization

Fundamental Questions To Consider Before Starting A Nonprofit Organization

As the founder of both a social enterprise and nonprofit organization, I have regular conversations with people interested in making a difference. Through these conversations, it’s become apparent that many people hold the false assumption that the only way to make a difference is to start a nonprofit – but “nonprofit” does not automatically equal doing good, rather it’s only one way to make an impact.

With the shift in our societal DNA, business as usual doesn’t cut it – businesses must be charitable because today, consumers expect it. Because of this, nonprofits are no longer alone in making an impact – altruism is embedded in both for-profit and non-profit companies alike, heightening the way we do business. This is great news for world change, but it also means there’s more to consider when you have an idea to make a difference.

According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, there are more than 1.5 million tax-exempt organizations in the United States. And while this model is beneficial for the many nonprofits that have chosen to organize this way, know that funding and sustainability remain among the top challenges for nonprofit organizations

And the competition is fierce.

So before you file a 501c3 and start a nonprofit, consider these fundamental questions to make sure you’re thoroughly assessing the problem you’re trying to solve and the solution you’re implementing.

Is it already being done?

Competition doesn’t mean you shouldn’t form a nonprofit organization, but it is cause for consideration. Again, one of the greatest challenges for nonprofits is the lack of funding available. If you have competition within the same geographic region, you may want to consider a partnership rather than starting an independent organization. Within the social sector, ‘completing’ is more important than competing. If your solution is similar to one existing, ask yourself why your proposed solution is better, and determine if it fits best within an existing organization or if you must face the challenge of competition despite funding challenges. If you decide to become a competitor, know why and let that drive the value you share with donors and supporters.

What value will this organization bring?

Beyond assessing the competitive landscape, truly think about the value your organization will bring to the community or industry. Similar to a tech startup or for-profit company, determine your value proposition – what makes your organization attractive to customers and the public? When you know the value your organization brings, you’ll better be able to determine the way you should run the business. Some businesses work better as for-profit companies that commit to ethical business practices or donating to aligned causes – others must exist as a legal nonprofit. Let the “why” and the value of your business drive your execution, not the other way around.

How will I support this financially?

If the only way to support the operations of your business would be to fundraise with donor support or grant money, a nonprofit may be the best option. But if you have a product or a service people will pay for, there’s more to consider in the equation. Again, look at the why of your business, and then think about the long-term gain of the for-profit or non-profit structure. Your value proposition and business model formulation will help determine the right way to go, and will help you be well-prepared for scrutiny and strategies as a social entrepreneur.

Don’t start a nonprofit for the sake of starting a nonprofit – determine the value you’re bringing and the why behind your mission. While there are ideas that are best suited for the nonprofit realm, others may actually have more impact by pursuing new models like B-corps, social enterprises, and LLC’s with a “purpose over profit” mantra.

In thinking through these questions, you can be confident you’ll choose the best model for your idea, and the one that will help you have the most impact at the end of the day. To be sure, make sure to consult your mentor, potential board members and other social entrepreneurs for advice and lessons learned.

No matter what, do great work – and let that be the driving force that fuels your organization.