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I’m a creature of habit. I like to go back to the same restaurants over and over again. I figure, why mess with a good thing? I like knowing what I’m going to get instead of being disappointed when I try something new and don’t like it. I know this is a terrible and close-minded way to live one’s life. I’ll work on this. I promise. (And for the record, this is restricted to my dining out style and is not reflective of how I live every other aspect of my life). So when my husband and I went out to eat a couple of weeks ago and wanted sushi, we ended up back at the restaurant we always go to when we’re craving raw fish.
Editor's note: I'm excited to welcome a new guest blogger to the Event 360 blog. David Berry's professional passion is helping leaders find the courage and wisdom to create environments where they, and the people they lead, can creatively explore the limitless possibilities of their potential - and build rock-solid organizations while doing so. In David's first post of a five-part series, he writes about one of the essential elements of leadership: a guiding vision.
There are five fundamental questions every leader must answer in a clear and compelling way if they are committed to building an organization of maximum engagement. Since we know that employee engagement typically runs at about 30% this is no small task. But, since we also know that organizations with higher engagement also deliver better results it's something that cannot and should not be ignored. To that end, over a series of five posts I will ask you to consider each of these questions in the hope that you will be motivated to think deeply about and take action on your own answers. The only thing at stake is the full engagement of your team in a cause worth fighting for.
I wrote this piece before the Boston Marathon attacks. I was near the finish line, across the street from the second explosion. As you might imagine, this has been a tough two weeks. The Boston Athletic Association has been amazing in its efforts to communicate with volunteers since April 15, offering assistance and counseling options, sending words of gratitude and kindness. I found this most touching: "The runners and everyone know that when they see a person in a B.A.A. jacket or receive the benefits of the work of unseen B.A.A. volunteers, they are dealing with human beings of the highest quality who simply will not settle for what is ordinary; people for whom excellence is normal and whose actions transcend excellence whenever and wherever it is needed." I encourage you to emulate this class organization and always show your volunteers how important they are. It means more than you may know. –Michele Campbell
Tomorrow is MuckFest MS Boston. And in light of what the city of Boston has been through with the marathon attacks and aftermath, we, along with countless others, stand strong with Boston and offer thoughts and support to those affected. We love Boston. And we love the Boston Marathon. Marathons, especially big city ones, have become a huge vehicle for changing the world.
One buzz word that my team has been throwing around quite a bit lately is "warm fuzzy." We all know what it is: that feel-good, endorphin-inducing feeling that you get when someone goes out of their way to tell/show you how appreciated you are.
When it comes to registration and event program management, there are a number critical factors to consider when choosing a new system or upgrading existing tools. At Event 360, we keep a close eye on what’s available in the marketplace both for our clients and for ourselves, as we now are hosting our own signature events.
Much like the ever-changing world of social media, the next generation of volunteer leaders is emerging and rapidly taking on a new look and feel. Your volunteer leaders of tomorrow no longer fit the traditional volunteer model. Whether it is Justin Bieber partnering with Pencils of Promise or Emma Watson (Harry Potter fame) helping to deliver meals to the elderly after Hurricane Sandy, our future volunteer leaders often span generations.
“I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.” It’s National Volunteer Week! Much like the little blue steam engine in the beloved children’s book, The Little Engine That Could, many nonprofit organizations simply could not thrive without the tireless efforts of dedicated volunteers. At Event 360, we also rely on dedicated volunteers, and wouldn’t have successful fundraising events without them. With National Volunteer Week here, now is the perfect time to take a few moments to recognize your volunteers that selflessly give way more than they’re asked. Below are a few examples of local community recognition programs and national award opportunities for those in your organization’s trusted circle.
While we’re taking care of others through nonprofit work, let’s not forget to take care of Mother Earth as well. In honor of Earth Day we’ve provided some basic tips for going green at your next fundraising event. A few simple changes can help make your events eco-friendly. Feel free to add additional tips or tell us how your organization is reducing its footprint in the comments.
The State of Massachusetts and the City of Boston have announced the formation of The One Fund Boston, Inc. (@OneFundBoston) to help the people most affected by the tragic events that occurred in Boston on April 15, 2013.
One Fund Boston, Inc. is applying for 501(c)(3) tax exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service. Although the Fund cannot guarantee that the IRS will make a determination that the organization qualifies as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt entity, if approval is received within the expected time frame, the determination will be retroactive to the date of the Fund’s formation.
To contribute to The One Fund Boston, visit onefundboston.org.
Other ways to donate to The One Fund (will be updated as more opportunities are identified):