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11 Steps to Prepare Yourself to Launch a New Job Search Right Now

The loss of revenue, the increase of unexpected expenses, and for some the decreased value of endowments due to coronavirus have left many nonprofits scrambling to make payroll. Unfortunately, the options to correct the financial challenges may include cutting salaries, furloughing staff, and laying off staff members. Aspen Leadership Group is one of the few search firms in the country offering free career counseling to nonprofit and advancement professionals and we offer 11 tips based on conversations and personal experience to help those affected prepare for their next job search.

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Don’t Unconsciously Overlook Women

The uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic has seemingly brought back an outdated pattern in fundraising that assumes or downplays what women can do, causing fundraisers to hesitate to intentionally engage women stakeholders. We’ve heard from women that they want to be heard, respected, asked for their opinion. When this occurs, they give in many ways.

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Navigating Your Job Search During COVID-19: Advice for Candidates from ALG’s Search Team

ALG’s Search Team interacts with hundreds of advancement professionals each week. Today, these interactions are increasingly focused on navigating careers during an uncertain time. While candidates are concerned about their own positions or about an interrupted career trajectory, they also are developing new skills, deepening relationships with donors, and working in ways that they never imagined. Here is what we are hearing from candidates and recommendations we are sharing with them.

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Managing Remote Advancement Employees

The transition from office to remote may not be easy for some, but there are several ways to help advancement employees adjust to maintain productivity and energy. If properly planned, remote work can allow for greater productivity. Advancement leaders now have an opportunity to consider the benefits of long-term remote work beyond COVID-19; building remote opportunities into your planning can expand the pool of talent available to your team.

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Assess, Rethink, Reset: Retaining and Hiring Advancement Teams in the Midst of this Crisis

Your ability to quickly reset your organization’s overall financial situation after COVID-19 will likely depend on attracting significant philanthropy. While all arms of your organization will make difficult sacrifices, your advancement team may be key to protecting your organization’s long-term viability, and you must work closely with leadership to assess, rethink, and reset critical staffing decisions.

Coach’s Corner: 10 Ideas From 20 Vice Presidents to Move Your Program Through COVID-19

As colleges and universities continue to work through the acute phase of the coronavirus crisis, Aspen Leadership Group saw a need to reach out to Vice Presidents to talk peer-to-peer and share challenges, successes, and ideas that could be shared more broadly. Don Hasseltine observed four key considerations for other advancement leaders as they enter the next phase of response, and collected innovative ideas to move forward.

Covid-19 Resources for Philanthropy Leaders and Teams

Our Covid-19 Resources page offers the ALG community resources for navigating this difficult time. We have provided briefings on how to embrace donors and volunteers as partners, manage and motivate remote teams, and adapt to new realities for hiring and fostering team culture. Additional resources from the philanthropy sector address fundraising, CARES Act legislation and relief efforts for nonprofits, and recommendations from public health organizations.

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