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Easy Wins to Become a More Tech-Savvy Nonprofit

First Steps: Becoming a Tech-Savvy Nonprofit

With all of the challenges presented by COVID-19, staff capacity and funding are two of the biggest areas of concern for nonprofits right now. Here are some key tips for being able to think through adopting new technology and not overwhelming yourself in the process:

  • Start small and align any new systems with your priorities. If you’re like most organizations, your formal plans for 2020 probably flew out of the window and you may feel like you’re reacting and planning week to week. Even so, you probably have some key goals at this point: engage current donors for year-end giving, recruiting volunteers, or planning a successful virtual event and programs. To keep things simple, make sure you
2021-01-01T18:29:39+00:00November 12th, 2020|

Creating Authentic Connection During COVID-19

With many people working from home, juggling virtual learning for their kids, and dealing with other commitments, hopping on yet another Zoom call can seem overwhelming at the end of the day. Remote engagement and technology are definitely necessary, but you should be mindful and strategic about how you use them to make sure your outreach is effective.

2020-11-12T15:53:53+00:00October 22nd, 2020|

Local Entrepreneur Joanne Canady-Brown, Smith Family Foundation, and NJM Insurance Group to Be Recognized

Local Entrepreneur Joanne Canady-Brown, Smith Family Foundation, and NJM Insurance Group to Be Recognized

Princeton, N.J., October 7, 2020- Liz Erickson Impact Award honoree Joanne Canady-Brown, Community Award honoree Smith Family Foundation, and Corporate Award honoree NJM Insurance Group have been selected as this year’s Impact Awards recipients for their commitment to community service. The Impact Awards are conferred every year by NonProfitConnect, the Mercer County–based nonprofit committed to building an increasingly diverse, skilled, and engaged group of nonprofit board and staff leaders. The honorees will be celebrated at NonProfitConnect’s Annual Impact Awards event on Thursday, October 29, starting at 5:30 p.m. This year’s sponsors including presenting sponsor Your Part-Time Controller, platinum sponsors NRG and NJM Insurance Group and gold sponsors BMT and Investors Bank.

2020-10-22T22:01:39+00:00October 22nd, 2020|

Planning Successful Virtual Events

Virtual events have become a necessity for nonprofits to consider during COVID-19 due to the need for social distancing and health concerns. If you are in the process of planning a virtual event, there are some key ways that technology can help with fundraising and engagement.

2020-10-22T21:57:50+00:00September 18th, 2020|

VolunteerConnect Announces Name Change to NonProfitConnect

VolunteerConnect, a leader in supporting community nonprofits has announced today that the organization will begin operating under the name NonProfitConnect effective immediately.  As an expert resource to local nonprofits for over 20 years, NonProfitConnect will continue to focus on building strong boards, while increasing support of nonprofit executive leadership.

2020-07-20T13:52:59+00:00July 17th, 2020|

Understanding How Unemployment Benefits Work

As nonprofits face the challenges of laying off employees and wanting to assure that they receive unemployment benefits to care for their families, it is important to understand how unemployment insurance works and how to minimize the cost to the organization. There also may be opportunities for employees returning part time to collect unemployment benefits.

2020-07-19T00:44:52+00:00July 9th, 2020|

VolunteerConnect Impact Awards


Thursday, October 24, 2019 • 6 to 8 p.m.
Mercer Oaks Country Club • West Windsor, NJ

2019 Recipients

Liz Erickson Volunteer Impact Award

Community Award

Rising Star Award

We are incredibly grateful to all the individuals and organizations who helped to make this special evening happen:

Burgundy Sponsor: NRG
Honey Sponsors: NJM Insurance Group and NovoNordisk
Cinnamon Sponsors: Gil Gordon, Geniva Martin, Princeton Ventures, Ann-Marie Hess, Nordson Corporation, Mercadien, Antronix, BMT/Cindy Ricker, Lear & Pannepacker, Investors’ Bank and Nancy Robins
Caramel Sponsors: Szaferman Lakind, Stark & Stark, Borden Perlman, YWCA

2020-07-16T23:59:52+00:00June 23rd, 2020|

VolunteerConnect Welcomes Three New Members to Board of Trustees

Training experts Radia Carr and Monica Orozco and patent attorney Dr. Rena Patel have joined the VolunteerConnect board of trustees. The new appointees began their board service with the Princeton-based capacity-building nonprofit in June 2020. VolunteerConnect is committed to supporting the work of other charitable organizations by training effective board members and facilitating the ongoing education of nonprofit staff and boards.

2020-07-16T14:06:25+00:00June 2nd, 2020|

Addressing Social Inequity

The statistics on how people of color are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 are disturbing. What steps can we take to help address those challenges now and into the future?

2020-07-21T16:00:57+00:00May 19th, 2020|

Fundraising During a Crisis

Role of the Board
in Fundraising During a Crisis

Board members can make a huge difference by working in partnership with the Executive Director to make plans for the future and to reach out to donors now. This video above by Sandra Toussaint-Burgher, President & CEO of United Way of Greater Mercer County, outlines some key steps that board members should be taking now to support their organizations in fundraising during the COVID-19 crisis.

Fundraising for Nonprofits

Practical tips on where to focus your efforts on fundraising during tough times.

Best Practices in Hard Times

Board members may hesitate to fundraise. BoardSource provides some simple talking points to help.

Addressing Your Board’s Fundraising Fears

In this article, Blue Avocado gives clear guidance on

2020-07-19T00:59:22+00:00May 15th, 2020|
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