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The new volunteer workforce
Standford Social Innovation Review    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Nonprofits rely heavily on volunteers, but most CEOs do a poor job of managing them. As a result, more than one-third of those who volunteer one year do not donate their time the next year — at any nonprofit. That adds up to an estimated $38 billion in lost labor. To remedy this situation, nonprofit leaders must develop a more strategic approach to managing this overlooked and undervalued talent pool. The good news is that new waves of retiring baby boomers and energetic young people are ready to fill the gap. More

Connecting people and social change
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Civic engagement can mean a lot of different things — from the casual forwarding of a friend's email to deep involvement on a board of directors. Some engagement is lightweight and some is deep, and that's OK — we can't expect everyone to have the same degree of interest in our mission. In fact, having a mix of people with varying levels of interest and engagement is actually a good thing. Why? Because being effective at social change means being able to choose from a portfolio of strategies and tactics in a way that best maps to the specific conditions we're facing at any given moment. Sometimes that's lightweight communications from lots of people; sometimes is a well-timed phone call from a carefully cultivated relationship with a community leader. More

Texting your location — something for nonprofits?
Charity Village    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's all the rage now — sending a text message to all your friends' cell phones, or via your status message on your Facebook account, or via your Twitter account, saying where you are: "Jayne just entered the Starbucks in Canby." These messages can be trivial, or even boring. But that said, this texting-your-location trend is something that your nonprofit can leverage. More

"Retail is war without blood" — what Foot Locker's CEO learned in the Army
Harvard Business Review Frontline Leadership Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Ken Hicks, the CEO of Foot Locker and former president and chief merchandising officer of J.C. Penney's, graduated from the United States Military Academy and spent six years in the army just after the Vietnam War. Harvard Business Review talked to Ken about how his time as a young officer prepared him for a career as a retail executive. More

Macy's Terry Lundgren talks holiday trends, Black Friday, and the importance of 'believing'
Retail's BIG Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
In advance of the official kick-off of the holidays, the National Retail Federation reached out to Terry Lundgren, President, Chairman and CEO of Macy's, Inc., to get his perspective on Macy’s annual parade, emerging holiday trends, and the company's focus on localization. In the Q&A, Lundgren also shares tips for holiday job seekers, discusses his first years in retail, and outlines his post-Christmas plans. His insights are so fascinating, you might end up reading this twice. More

New research offers tactics to bring customers back in-store
Retail Touch Point    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Despite the constant availability, variety and convenience of the web, 50 percent of consumers say that the in-store shopping experience and seeing a product in real life is still irreplaceable. Moreover, 43 percent said they still thrive off of seeing and touching the actual product before making a purchase. More

Retail sales jump and signal pick-up in growth
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Sales at retailers posted their strongest gain in seven months during October, adding to signs the economy was regaining strength after hitting a soft patch in the summer. The Commerce Department said total retail sales rose a surprisingly strong 1.2 percent, nearly double market expectations, as consumers snapped up motor vehicles and building materials. More
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