How to Impress Donors With Your Programs in a Tough Economy – The Chronicle of Philanthropy

From the Chronicle of Philanthropy: “In the past few years, measurement has quickly evolved from a ‘nice to have’ to a ‘must have’ for nonprofits. Government agencies, foundations, and private donors have been demanding answers to the question: Did that program make a difference?

In times of financial turmoil, government funds for nonprofit work are particularly scarce, and we expect continued belt-tightening in the coming months. Domestic discretionary spending is slated to be cut by 5.3 percent this year, and the Congressional Budget Office estimates that reductions from the sequester will grow larger in the coming years.

That means demonstrating results is increasingly critical for nonprofits trying to secure state and federal funds.  In many states, such as Washington and Illinois, governments are supporting only those groups whose programs are making a substantial contribution toward state goals.  As the Illinois Office of Management and Budget Web Site says, the state will ‘end the automatic funding of programs’ and will support ‘only those programs that can demonstrate effectiveness and help the state achieve its stated outcomes and goals.’

In light of these pressures, here are some tips to help nonprofits show their worth…” How to Impress Donors With Your Programs in a Tough Economy – Measuring Up – The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas.


New App Matches Students’ Interests With Careers – Education Week

From Education Week: Young people today love being online. They are drawn to images—especially as they relate to their own interests. Plus, they have short attention spans.

Now there is a new, free app to help students discover careers that fit their personalities by reviewing photographs. And it just takes about two minutes. With Compass Lite, launched Feb. 11, users quickly click through a series of 84 images that ask: “Me or not me?” Among the pictures and phrases: Going camping? Hands on? Being competitive? Good with numbers? Public speaking?

With the information from the personality assessment, the app generates several career recommendations. Users can click on the options to learn more about the salary and job prospects. The app also lists top academic programs and businesses that employ graduates in those fields.

For more information… New App Matches Students’ Interests With Careers – College Bound – Education Week.


COS Mobile Apps

CareerOneStop now offers five mobile web applications:

  • Find an American Job Center allows users to quickly locate and contact their closest American Job Center.
  • Find a Job lets users search job listings in any local U.S. area.
  • Veterans Job Search matches military job experience to civilian careers, and then displays local job listings for those careers.
  • Salary Finder provides average hourly wages or annual salaries by occupation and location.
  • Training Finder allows users to locate education and training programs in their local area.

via COS Mobile Apps.

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Save The Date: Transition Web Conference

Save the date…registration information will be shared soon!

Making it Happen: Transition and Career Development for Secondary Youth with Disabilities in the 21st Century

Participants in this highly interactive web conference will learn about effective transition practices, and how school-agency collaborations can deliver these practices from leadership, consumer, financial, and practical perspectives.

The Making it Happen national web conference will be held across three consecutive days (02/27/2013, 02/28/2013, and 03/01/2013) from 3:00-5:00 pm (Eastern), using WebEx — a highly accessible web conferencing tool.  A Google Hangout will run from 4:30 to 5:00, providing an opportunity for participants to discuss content with the presenters. Sponsored by Cornell University’s Employment and Disability Institute. Email: for more information and to be contacted when registration is available.