Sparkrock Blog

Does your Human Services Agency need a Digital Transformation?

by   Melissa Alvares on 07.12.17

I recently came across a great article written by Open Mind's Founder, Monica Oss around Digital Transformation. Open Minds is a premier market intelligence and management support firm specializing in the health and human service sector and serving individuals with complex needs.

First off - what do we mean by Digital Transformation? Yes, the phrase sounds like something an expensive management consultant came up with, but at the core it's really just about the change an organization experiences when they apply new digital technology.

Topics: Technology

Fundraising with YouTube? Here are 10 Features of a Great Creative Strategy

by   Cait Abernethy on 06.30.17

Move over funny cat videos and the double rainbow guy, nonprofits are becoming major players in the YouTube ecosystem! These organizations have amassed over 4.6 billion views since the start of the YouTube for Nonprofits program, and there are now over 25 thousand nonprofit partners using the platform to further their causes and do good in their communities and the world.

Topics: Fundraising , Outcomes-Impact

How to Think Like a Funder When Planning Your Technology Project

by   Dhebi Hay on 06.29.17

Technology is changing fast, and having the most up-to-date internal technology system is a sure-fire way to help your nonprofit organization keep up with the times. However, this beneficial technology can often come with a pretty hefty price tag, and nonprofits don’t always have the resources available to afford the cost.

Topics: Fundraising

6 Ways Applicant Tracking will Elevate your Hiring Process

by   David Popovich on 06.26.17

In order to deliver high quality services to the individuals they serve, Human Services agencies must similarly attract high quality talent to add to their teams. But finding the right person to join your organization can be a daunting task, and managing each step in the talent acquisition process often takes more time than anticipated. Between coordinating human resources, hiring managers, and upper management - the task can quickly become a behemoth. Skipped processes, broken communication channels, missing information, and lost applications can significantly impact the speed and success of your hiring process.

Topics: Outcomes-Impact , Workforce , Technology

Five Must-Ask Questions When Interviewing a Direct Support Professional

by   Stefanie Gause on 06.21.17

 

Stefanie originally wrote this post for the Nov/Dec Issue of ANCOR LINKS.

It takes a lot of work and skill to become a great Direct Support Professional. It also takes a lot of work to hire a great Direct Support Professional. The interview is the most important stage of the hiring process because it's where you see if the individual has the personal touch needed to effectively care for your organization's clients. To help ease the hiring process at your organization, we've made a list of the 5 must-ask questions in a Direct Support Professional interview:

Topics: Workforce

5 Brilliant Tips to Avoid a Cash Flow Crisis at your Nonprofit

by   Nicola Dickinson on 06.20.17

Last year, 450 Toronto-area Goodwill workers were locked out  due to a "cash flow crisis" that led to a shutdown of the long-standing charitable organization, delivering a devastating blow both to staff and those who rely most on the non-profit organization.

The question is: why did this venerable Nonprofit, which earned $28.1 million - including more than $4 million from the province of Ontario - in 2014, collapse so suddenly? Goodwill CEO Keiko Nakamura did not provided clear answers, so we can only wonder what may have caused some of these issues.

Since we work with many Nonprofits - helping them leverage the latest in technology to manage their finances effectively - we've decided to pull together 5 ways that your Nonprofit can make sure you don't experience a "cash flow crises" of your own:

Topics: Finance

10 Reasons you don't want to miss our Fuel Good Conference

by   Melissa Alvares on 06.07.17

Already know that Fuel Good is too good to miss? Then you can skip this blog post and go directly to our registration site.

Topics: Sparkrock

Why a Role-based Permissions Strategy is Critical for Human Services Agencies

by   Cait Abernethy on 06.02.17

Protecting your network and financial data, and ensuring the integrity of sensitive client information, rate high on the priority lists of every Human Services agency. In addition, more stringent privacy laws have imposed new levels of confidentiality on institutions that deliver health-related services, and as a result, permissions management has become a critical component in ensuring information security and access control.

Topics: Finance , Workforce Management

Greater Governance for Better School Boards: 3 Actionable Tips

by   Nicola Dickinson on 06.01.17

We know that good governance means you’ve got a good framework for decision-making, set responsibilities and roles for employees and constituents, and a mission to provide students with an education that will set them up for success.

But what about great governance? Taking that extra step towards peak performance boils down to two key factors: is your school board organized, and is your integrity always at 100%?

Sometimes it’s hard to tell. No two school boards govern the exact same way. Governance guidelines are based on anything from past practice, to by-law rules, to pure policy. There’s no baseline for what creating great governance looks like - only a set of expectations that you need to fulfill, and a checklist of results that should be coming to fruition.

So here are some actionable tips for maintaining great governance at your K12 School Board:

Topics: Finance

The Differences between In-House Payroll vs Outsourced Payroll [Part 2 of 2]

by   Stefanie Gause on 05.30.17

Welcome to Part 2 of Sparkrock’s three-part series on In-House vs Outsourced Payroll. If you haven’t done so already, please feel free to read Part 1 to get a basic understanding of the difference between the two methods of payroll.

Topics: Workforce Management

Reducing the Workload for Your HR Team

by   Meghan Holmes on 05.24.17

HR staff play a crucial role in your organization that affects your employees in many ways, and in smaller organizations, they usually have to be a jack of all trades. This puts a lot of pressure on your HR team to support employees while still managing and keeping the integrity of other projects, especially if employees are constantly coming to you with small, tedious tasks. 

Let's face it— there aren't enough hours in the workday for you to accomplish all of your HR responsibilities. 

Topics: Workforce , Sparkrock