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Posted 12/17/15 at 3:22 AM | Sylvie Simms

USA PATRIOT Act Compliance | According to USA PATRIOT Act Compliance regulations, financial service providers must carefully monitor transactions and implement a Customer Identification Program (CIP) in order verify a customer's identity and prevent fraud.

Posted 12/16/15 at 4:57 PM | Mike Stickler

Elements of Special Fundraising Events By Mike Stickler

Your special fundraising events do so much more than raise revenue, and the amount of revenue raised actually rests as much with how much attention is paid to matters which seem to have nothing to do raising money.

To recap, and to introduce new topics, here are the elements that comprise a special event:

  • Extending your ministry’s reach in its community, however broadly or narrowly that is defined
  • Engaging your membership in planning and executing and multifaceted undertaking, thereby strengthening the community that currently comprises the ministry
  • Developing revenue streams beyond and probably in excess of ticket or subscription income
  • Growing volunteer leadership
  • Through communication of your vision, mission, values, and goals engage new donors via what we call the Vision/Development Matrix

If this all seems like a big paradigm shift, it is.

Posted 12/15/15 at 6:13 AM | Sylvie Simms

Akamai’s How To Make DDoS Mitigation Part of Your Incident Response Plan

Planning ahead makes the difference between fast and effective DDoS mitigation and extended downtime that can drain thousands of dollars of revenue per hour. View The State Of the Internet's new infographic with 6 critical steps and best practices for making DDoS mitigation a part of your incident response plan

Posted 12/15/15 at 4:53 AM | Sylvie Simms

Revamp Your Brand by Refreshing Your Label | Your label represents your brand. Many consumers learn to identify a specific brand by the label. Even children can learn to recognize labels and brands on sight before learning to read. Due to the importance of your label when it comes to your brand, making a change can help revamp your identity.

There are many reasons why you might need to change your label. A new label can be used to refresh your brand, drawing in new customers and helping to regain customer trust. When changing your label, it’s important to keep your demographic and goal in mind so that your label accurately represents your brand.

Posted 12/15/15 at 3:48 AM | Sylvie Simms

Why Filet Mignon Makes The Tastiest Beef Jerky

Different cuts of beef have different tastes and textures. Some cuts tend to be fattier, while others have lean meat. Cuts of beef can also be more or less tender, depending on where it comes from on the cow. Often the tender cut of meat is the more desired one due to its taste and texture.

Filet mignon is a cut of beef that is sought-after due to its tender texture and great taste. Many people use this cut for steak; however, there are other uses for this delicious cut of beef. A great alternative use for filet mignon is beef jerky.

Posted 12/15/15 at 2:05 AM | Sylvie Simms

Business Agility Through Automated Approvals | It’s the leading driver for Cloud Computing according to any number of surveys and articles such as this one from Harvard Business Review Analytic Services.

It’s a fuzzy concept. An agile business is one that responds rapidly to changing market conditions. That means giving your employees the ability to do the right thing at the right time as they respond to changing customer expectations and being able to adapt and react quickly to take advantage of new business opportunities.

Posted 12/8/15 at 11:05 AM | Brian Wallace

How Much Do Digital Creatives Get Paid?

If you don't value the work of digital creatives, you probably aren't paying them as well as your competition is. Learn all about the different digital creative roles and what they are paid across the country from this interactive infographic. You might be surprised how much value these professionals actually have!

Posted 12/8/15 at 2:16 AM | Sylvie Simms

How to Trade Penny Stocks Like a Pro | Are you ready to start trading penny stocks? This handy guide provides an outline for beginners seeking advice on smart investments.

Posted 12/7/15 at 5:27 PM | João Mordomo

Business and Church Planting: Made for Each Other!

In recent years, many people have begun to more fully appreciate the huge power and potential of "business as mission" (BAM) as a way to glorify God in our lives as well as among all peoples. It's both a means to enter into contexts where missionaries are unwelcome, and a mechanism to catalyze church planting among unreached peoples. In fact, while other models often work in other contexts, BAM is distinctly qualified to open doors where the Gospel and church planting often are most needed. I won’t say “uniquely” qualified because I don’t want to get an influx of emails calling me a BAM extremist, but I will admit I lean in that direction!

Yet while the power of BAM to catalyze church planting becomes increasingly apparent to us, this relationship is not a new one. Luke, in apparently hyperbolic fashion, wrote in Acts 19:10 that in a period of two years, “all the residents of Asia (roughly today’s Turkey) heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks.” What was he thinking? Surely a medical doctor and historian would never resort to such embellishment of the truth! FULL POST

Posted 12/4/15 at 2:03 PM | Mike Stickler

3 Keys to Effective Capacity Building By Mike Stickler

What makes your organization work? Is it your personnel? Yes. Your property? Yes. Your processes? Your donors? Yes and yes. It’s all of these.

But are they functioning at their best? Do they equip your organization to do its best work for the long term? In order for your ministry or nonprofit to do its best work, you need to build capacity.

Michael Williams, The Vision Group’s Director of Education, said recently, “In order to have a viable and successful ministry, it’s really important that we take care of all of the underlying infrastructure that makes that organization function at its best. And capacity building addresses itself to all those things that allow us to do our very best work.”

Here are three key components to effectively building your organization’s capacity to do its best work for the long haul:

· Leadership board development

Often a startup will put together a board of directors primarily to meet legal requirements. But a leadership board can and should be much more than placeholders. They can play a crucial role in things like shaping the vision and evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the organization. Capacity building requires that you develop the board. FULL POST

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