Resumes and Branding for Nonprofit Professionals

Finding a job can be a tough process. Whether you are a student or a seasoned professional, there is no exception and the nonprofit sector feels the same struggles.

Last month the Young Nonprofit Professional Network of St. Louis wanted to provide a job search workshop series to help prepare all individuals with a passion for nonprofits. As a member of the board and marketing committee I volunteered to share my knowledge on resumes and branding for two sessions. I have experience in both subjects and knew that this would be a great opportunity to teach others.

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#STLSocialGood Provides Nonprofits with Digital Solutions

Everyday thousands of nonprofits are typing tweets, snapping pictures and trying to get more likes. As professionals working in those nonprofits, we are continuing to adapt to the changing ways in we which communicate with donors, volunteers and advocates but each organization has to make the decision to devote time, money and resources to these new opportunities. Today, Saint Louis organizations and experts shared ways to make this easier for all of us.

Social Media Club of Saint Louis partnered with Ready  + Willing as well as sponsor, Fontbonne University to present the #STLSocialGood Conference. The event focused on social media, analytics, ROI and how to do more with less. The three sessions were each very informative but session one with Ashley Riley from Gateway Pets Guardians (@Gatewaypets) provided an exceptional overview of general ways to advance social media presence.

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Erin Funk

Holiday Help for Furry Friends: Part 2

Last year, during the holiday season, I made an effort to not only buy presents for my family but donate money to some of my favorite animal organizations. In Part 1, I contributed to New Nodaway Humane SocietyThe Jane Goodall Institute and the World Wildlife Federation. All three are wonderful non-profits that are close to my heart but this year I have decided to offer a couple more organizations that could also use some extra love this holiday season.

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Erin Funk

October Offers Opportunity to Open Your Heart

October 31 is my favorite holiday and the last day of one of my favorite months. Not just because I love fall and pumpkin flavored everything but because it’s National Pit Bull Awareness Month.

I discovered this fact last year when researching for my New Nodaway Humane Society duties. I even wrote an opinion piece on the significance of the month for The Missourian. But I never knew how much more this month, dedicated to the dogs, would mean to me after one year.

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Finding passion through a pit

I think from a very young age my family could tell I was an animal lover. I had enough stuffed animals to open my own FAO Schwarz, but they also learned quickly I was very allergic to both cats and dogs. I grew up wanting a dog, a cat, a something that I could call my own and as I grew older it got harder and harder. I began taking allergy shots in 5th grade, I would dog sit for neighbors and pretty much secluded myself with my friends pets whenever I would be invited over for a sleep over. Every year when my birthday rolled around I had the same wish, a puppy. After 14 years of failed wishes, a miracle happened, we moved across the street from my friend Lindsay who just so happened to have Sammie, a hypoallergenic cavachon. That was it. Within a year my parents surprised me with a trip and soon I was picking out names and even though I still regard the day I brought Lilly  home as one of the best in my life so far, this post isn’t about her.

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