Are Volunteering Jobs & Internships Considered Professional Experience?

by C.J. Powers, MBA, MA Originally posted at The CJ Project

I get this question a lot when I do my professional development workshops…”Will employers consider any nonprofit work or volunteer-intern work as prior experience?” The answer is yes and no. The bottom line is you NEVER know what the employer, recruiter, or hiring manager is looking for deep down. All you can do is put your best foot forward and hope that your experience and skills measure up to what they are looking for. Not to mention that it’s good to come to them with something (even if it was unpaid voluntary experience that’s related) than nothing or unrelated experience. While giving back to the community is the main purpose, it also gives you a chance to test out career options and get other valuable resources for your professional future.

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5 Ad Council-Inspired Lessons for Nonprofits on Communicating Serious Subjects

McGruffby Christipher Streeter,

If you grew up in America you are probably pretty familiar with the work of the Ad Council. By now, you know that “only you can prevent forest fires”; that “loose lips sink ships”; and that you should “take a bite out of crime.”  They tackle the heavy stuff; the big issues that affect us all. These oftentimes life-and-death issues though tend to travel under the radar, requiring a well-crafted message to grab our collective attention.
Enter the work of the advertising agencies that partner with the Ad Council. Even though the agencies change, there is a consistent voice and communication style across the campaigns. Using the Ad Council as a guide, here are five tips that you can use in communicating your organization’s somber and difficult messages.

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Big News for YNPN of OKC (Times Two!)

by Emily Reed and Carrie Sauer

We’ve got BIG news! Times two! But to put it in context, first a little history...

By being a member of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Oklahoma City, you’re actually a part of a much larger organization: the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network nationwide. YNPN as an idea came about in 1997 in San Francisco, and the national YNPN officially incorporated as a 501(c)3 in 2004. There are now over 50 chapters and start-up-level affiliates across the nation, Oklahoma City being one of the newer ones. We held our first event in March 2013 and were recognized as an official chapter just six months later in September.

Big News Part 1

nonprofit-announcementOn July 1 of last year, the IRS rolled out a new, simplified form for small non-profits like us to apply for 501(c)3 tax-exempt status, the Form 1023-EZ. Establishing a paid membership program allowed us to save for the user fee and submit this new Form, which was approved less than a week after submission!

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