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July 11, 2012
Hirons & Associates Joins Sponsor List for 2012 SUMMIT
Hirons & Associates, a full-service Property Valuation Consulting firm offering services to the public and private sectors is returning as a Corporate Sponsor for the 2012 Risk Management and Finance SUMMIT for Nonprofits, scheduled for August 26-28 in Chicago. Hirons joins a growing list of leading companies whose support makes the SUMMIT possible.
3 Benefits and 2 Risks for Nonprofits Leaders Using LinkedIn
By Chris Croll
First, the good news. LinkedIn is a valuable social media channel where nonprofit leaders can network with one another, recruit volunteers and communicate with donors and other key audience members. But there are risks of using LinkedIn that you should be aware of before you jump in.
Here are some of the benefits:
Now that you’re using LinkedIn to help you manage your organization, you should be aware that there are risks of using the site which stem from not being aware of the “culture” and expectations of the site’s millions of users.
Risk #1 – Not thanking someone for help. If you post a question in a group or someone otherwise assists you on LinkedIn, remember to publicly thank them for their assistance. In our haste to get an answer and move on, we sometimes forget that it is people—not search engines—who are taking the time to help us out on LinkedIn. Take that extra second to say ‘thank you.’
Risk #2 – Forgetting you’re on stage when you update your status. When you post a status update on LinkedIn, you are essentially broadcasting to all of the contacts in your professional network. Your reputation can be compromised in an instant if you post something too controversial, personal or irrelevant. LinkedIn is a very different venue than Facebook or Twitter where opinions, stories and hour-to-hour happenings are acceptable as status updates. LinkedIn is about work and most of your connections are too busy to be bothered with overly trivial or personal updates.
LinkedIn is a valuable tool for nonprofit professionals, volunteers and Board members and becoming familiar with the culture of the channel is critical to success.
Chris Croll advises nonprofits and for-profits on how to successfully use social media to advance their organization's mission and business objectives. Chris also serves as the Center’s Director of Marketing and Communications. Chris will be among the featured speakers at the 2012 Risk Management and Finance SUMMIT for Nonprofits in Chicago. Contact Chris directly at Chris Croll, (703) 863-8644 or on Twitter @chriscroll.
The First Wednesdays program is a 12-part series of 60-minute live and recorded webinars covering a wide range of risk-inspired topics. The 2012 series continues on August 1, 2012 with a program on Protecting Vulnerable Populations. Learn more or register.
The recording of the April 2012 webinar, Risk-Aware Contracting: What You Don’t Know Could Cost You, is now available for leaders who missed the live program. To purchase the recording of this contact-packed, practical education program, click here, scroll down and choose Add to Cart after the description of the program.
Policy Drafting Help is a Click Away: My Risk Management Policies
If you’re looking for help developing custom risk management policies for your nonprofit, look no further. The Center is pleased to offer My Risk Management Policies, an affordable, easy-to-use online tool that helps you create custom policies in a matter of minutes. Policy templates are organized into 22 categories. Creating a new social media policy, youth protection policy or code of conduct is a snap using My Risk Management Policies, and requires far less time that it takes to find a mildly suitable sample using an Internet search engine.
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