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Below is just a small sampling of what's new at CharityChannel:

Free CharityUniversity Classes Posted Monday, December 29, 2008
Free CharityUniversity Classes

Have you been curious about the CharityUniversity classes? Now's your chance to try one (or two, if you are a member) for free.

Renata Rafferty, a long-time CharityChannel colleague and CharityUniversity instructor, has given us the green light to offer for free two popular CharityUniversity recorded, on-demand classes:

  • Board Bootcamp (free to everyone); and
  • Six Steps to Building a Fund Development Master Plan (free to members of CharityChannel).

This is a value of $119 to non-members, and $238 to members.

These classes are recorded, on-demand versions of the original teleclasses. You listen to them from the comfort and convenience of your home or office.

If you are a member, log in to see two classes. If you are a non-member, you'll see one class unless you join CharityChannel and log in.

Posted Saturday, December 27, 2008
CharityUniversity Teleclass: - Find and Apply

This CharityUniversity teleclass, conducted by an expert representative of, will cover how to find and apply for federal grants. The session will walk you through the various options to search for, and apply for, federal grants. This class was developed for the CharityUniversity Network by the American Association of Grant Professionals. Date of Class: Friday, January 9, 2009.

CharityUniversity Teleclass: - Find and Apply

Two New CharityUniversity Teleclasses on the Capital Campaign Posted Monday, December 22, 2008
Two New CharityUniversity Teleclasses on the Capital Campaign

Veteran CharityUniversity instructor Linda Lysakowski is back with two more classes on the all-important capital campaign:

  • Getting Ready for a Capital Campaign (January 16), and
  • Organizing Your Capital Campaign (January 30)

If your organization or institution is contemplating a capital campaign, or is conducting one now, these classes are essential.

Posted Saturday, December 13, 2008
Don Griesmann Launches New CharityChannel Blog

Don Griesmann, one of CharityChannel's most prolific and respected volunteer contributors, has just launched a new CharityChannel blog, offering short pieces that may be useful to the CharityChannel members who are looking for funding sources or who have an interest in the staying abreast with developments with funding sources.

Posted Thursday, December 11, 2008
Newest Version of CharityWire™ Launched

CharityChannel has just rolled out its newest version of its popular CharityWire™ service, empowering nonprofit professionals and the organizations they represent to electronically submit news releases of interest to the news and trade media, nonprofit professionals, and the general public.

Posted Wednesday, December 10, 2008
CharityNews is Back!

Back by popular demand, CharityChannel has just re-launched its popular CharityNews™ system. It's the easiest way to stay current on the latest news in the third sector. Since it's updated in real time, you will also see the absolute latest news items. Pour a cup of Java and enjoy!

Latest Article

Strengths Based Approaches to Change and Everything Else

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

by Casssandra O'Neill

Ever heard of strengths based approaches to change? If you are on a nonprofit Board of Directors or an Executive Director -- you can use strengths based approaches with your leadership team, staff, volunteers and clients. This article describes what strengths based approaches are, how they are different from traditional approaches, and the benefits of using them.

Writing for CharityChannel

Articles Contributed by Your CharityChannel Colleagues

CharityChannel is a leading source of original articles and book reviews that are down-to-earth, practical, and relevant to the day-to-day challenges of in-the-trenches nonprofit professionals.

There's a reason for the strong flow of articles — thousands have been published over the last 17 years. It's the strong sense of professionalism that leads hundreds of contributors to raise their hands to write for their CharityChannel colleagues.

There's a reason for the strong flow of articles — thousands have been published over the last 17 years. It's the strong sense of professionalism that leads hundreds of contributors to raise their hands to write for their CharityChannel colleagues.

CharityChannel takes seriously its commitment to working with our volunteer writers and editors to identify article topics and to help them as needed at all stages of the editorial process. With the recent re-launch of the CharityChannel web site, we're now able to devote much more time working with our editors and writers, since the web site features an end-to-end article publishing system that we designed ourselves.

Want to Raise Your Hand to Write for CharityChannel?

The first step is to make sure you are a current member of the CharityChannel professional community. If not, you can instantly join. See the Subscribe or Renew page. If you are a member, please log in, then navigate to the Contributors > Sign Up to be a CharityChannel Contributor page.

Monitored Professional Forums

Are you an Executive Director, VP of Development, VP of Advancement, or other supervisor at your organization or institution?

Click Here to learn why the CharityChannel professional forums have earned the trust of hundreds of organizations and institutions who have enrolled their employees as part of a CharityChannel Group.


Latest Discussion Threads....
(Members Only: Please log in to view and post)

Why Do Organizations and Institutions Trust the CharityChannel Professional Forums?

Until now, nonprofit-sector discussion forums, particularly discussion lists, have been the electronic equivalent of the Old West — open to anyone (and we mean anyone!), unsupervised, victims of spam, susceptible to unprofessional shoot-outs, exposed to Google and other search engines, and, well, just plain unprofessional at times. It is little wonder that organizations and institutions often discouraged participation on such discussion forums before CharityChannel brought a new level of professionalism to forum participation.

The CharityChannel professional discussion forums have earned the distinction of being the most trusted professional discussion forums in the nonprofit sector. Here's why:

  • Higher Level of Professionalism. Only CharityChannel members may access the forums. This means that discussions are among established professionals who are serious about their work, who are likely to have more experience and a higher level of commitment to their profession, and who are more willing to help a colleague when they can.

  • Cannot be Googled. Postings to our forums are incapable of being Googled. Participating on many of the public forums brings with it the risk that donors, the media, or others who Google their organization or institution will turn up postings where "shop talk" might be misunderstood.

  • Supervised Forums. With 17 years of experience supervising over 200 public and private discussion forums, no one in the nonprofit world has more experience than does CharityChannel at ensuring that discussions continue to be on a professional level. If a colleague ever needs help with regard to a forum, we're here by phone or via the Live Support chat system. If you've ever tried to get support on a public forum, you'll appreciate our commitment to prompt, effective support.

  • Postings Automatically Signed. You can be assured that a CharityChannel colleague is posting to the forum, because the forum automatically adds the colleague's name to the posting.

  • Commercial or Promotional Postings Prohibited. Among the rules of participation is the iron clad prohibition of postings that advertise a product or service, or that are self-promotional.

  • Participate by Web Browser or Email. Colleagues can now either participate on the forums by logging in, or via listserve.

  • Update Your Forum Settings Easily. Colleagues can now easily update their forum settings, including email address if they elect to receive the forum postings as a listserve.

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