How To Start A Nonprofit On The Fast Track

17 Jul

Do you have an idea that sparks the creation of an organization devoted to positive change for the good for all people? Whether you already have a nonprofit that you’ve registered in your state or you are thinking of creating one, you will still need to apply for federal tax-exemption. There are benefits to creating a nonprofit organization and the biggest is being able to accept donations. 

For recognition as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3), you need to traditionally complete the 1023 form. The process can take up to six months to hear back. However the government recently released a faster process to receive your nonprofit status in as little as tweleve weeks called the 1023EZ form.

How to get your non-profit started tax-exempt organization:
1) Complete the 1023EZ online application
2) Pay $275
3) Have less than $50,000 in assets
4) Have a mission statement

https://www.irs.gov/uac/about-form-1023ez

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Adopt Your Perfect Pet With Petfinder

10 Jul

Are you looking for a house pet? Have you searched your local animal shelters and pet stores with no luck? I recently had a friend tell me how they found their pet using Petfinder. The site allows you to search for dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, birds, fish and barnyard animals in your local area. If you are interested in a pet, you then simply click a button to ask for more information and a representative will follow-up with you. You can also sponsor an animal with the Petfinder Foundation which will allow you to make a donation.

If you are not sure you want to adopt a pet just yet, the site also offers a host of articles about adopting cats and dogs. For example, if you plan on bringing home a dog, the site offers articles on what do in the first 30 days. You can also read their blog and watch videos.

Search the site to adopt your perfect pet!
http://Petfinder.com

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Schedule Meetings With No Email Back And Forth

6 Jul

Looking for a what to cut down on emails when trying to schedule meetings? I found this app called Calendly that helps you schedule meetings without the back-and-forth emails. Setup is easy. You let Calendly know your availability preferences and it’ll does the work for you.

How to use Calendly
1. Setup avaibility
2. Send link or embed on site
3. The system will pick date and time that works for everyone

https://calendly.com/

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Satya Nadella: Ideas For Tomorrow

1 Jul

Recently Satya Nadella, the Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft, was interviewed by CEO and President Toby Cosgrove of the Cleveland Clinic as part of an educational series calledr Ideas for Tomorrow. The crowd at the InterContinental Hotel in Cleveland sat glued to their seats as the thought provoking Nadella shared his thoughts on business and where technology is going. Learn how entrepreneurs can continue to innovate and thrive in this new world. Understand how your business can continue to grow and how Microsoft has turned itself around under his leadership.

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Be Safe All Around

17 Jun

SafeBee’s mission, simply put, is to make the world a safer place. This site offers articles, tools and advice to provide information to protect yourself, your family, your home, your pets, your money and your personal data from everyday — and unexpected — threats and hazards so you can live a happier, healthier, more secure life. The website is authored by UL, the leading developer of safety certification standards and a leader in safety education.

Find out what bit you, how to tell if an egg is bad, 13 health symptoms dog owners should never ignore, when you should or shouldn’t call 911, how to tell if chicken is bad, if your kids shoes are hurting their feet, the truth about cracking your neck and if yorgurt goes bad.

http://www.safebee.com/

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Find Out If A Robot Will Take Your Job

5 Jun

What is the likelihood that your job will be replaced by robots? Search for your position and find out  the probability it will be automated.

I remember back in 2013 reading Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael A. Osborne’s report titled “The Future of Employment: How susceptible are jobs to computerisation?”. At the time, I tried to visualize what this report meant, and now this website makes their report actionable. According to the report, about 47 percent of total US employment is at risk. What are chances your job is obsolete? Will you need to find another skill?

 https://willrobotstakemyjob.com/

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Some Quick Fire Safety Tips For People With Disabilities

4 Jun

We discovered a complete guide on fire safety for people with disabilities. The guide covers safety strategies for people with visual, hearing and mobility impairments, organized by chapters and has resources cited.

Some quick fire safety tips:

  • Don’t wear loose-fitting clothing around an open flame.
  • Don’t leave hot pans unattended.
  • Always set a timer when cooking food in the oven.
  • Don’t overload electrical outlets.
  • Never use the oven to heat your home.
  • Properly maintain chimneys and space heaters.

Read full article
https://www.homesecuritylist.com/fire-safety-disabilities/

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Handy Resource for Time Zones and Holidays Around the World

27 May

What is the current time in another time zone? Find a world clock, time zone map, time zone converter, time zone abbreviations, calling codes, distance calculator, calendar, timer, alarm and stopwatch at this cool site. You can also discover when holidays and events are not only celebrated in your neck of the woods but in other parts of the world. I’ve found this site a handy resource for checking time zones and holidays when virtually communicating with colleagues.

https://www.timeanddate.com/

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Tips for Parents on Dealing with Their Teen’s Anxiety

22 May

Anxiety

While we all experience anxiety at times, some develop anxiety issues that interfere with their daily lives. Adolescents are especially vulnerable to things like social anxiety, general anxiety disorder, school-related anxiety, and specific fears and phobias. As a parent of a child with problematic anxiety issues, you must know what to do and what not to do when attempting to manage it.
Know when anxiety is beyond normal levels
Anything can trigger anxiety in a teen. It can spring from an upcoming test, a big game, or a school performance. Teens can feel anxious during big transitions, like switching schools or moving. Even technology — that thing your teen spends so much of their time on — could be causing stress if they overuse it. However, technology is helpful when it is used as a coping mechanism rather than a distraction from that essay your teen has to write by tomorrow. In fact, studies have shown that social media makes teens aware of the needs of others, encouraging them to volunteer and give back to their community.
As a parent, it’s important to be able to spot anxiety that’s outside the realm of normal for adolescents, and help your teen find positive ways to deal with it.

“All children and young people get anxious at times, and this is a normal part of their development … but if you think your child’s anxiety is getting in the way of their day to day life, slowing down their development, or having a significant effect on their schooling or relationships, it is best to try and help them tackle it,” says YoungMinds.org.

Don’t ignore or try to minimize the anxiety
Ignoring your child’s anxiety might seem like a good tactic, as you may think acknowledging every little worry will only serve to legitimize them. The problem is that those fears are already legitimized in your child’s mind — with or without your help. For your teen, the pressure to fit in and have the latest tech gadget or to win first place in the science fair is a serious issue, and the crippling anxiety they feel is real. Refusing to address sources of anxiety simply allows it to fester.

Address your teen’s anxiety head on. Talk to them about what makes them scared and develop strategies with them. For example, if their anxiety is school-related, you might arrange for them to work with a tutor a couple of times a week (If cost is a concern, know that many private tutors have negotiable rates). Knowing they’ll be able to receive extra help later on, may help your teen manage the anxiety they feel about not understanding certain topics at school. Or if their anxiety is social, talk with them about settings where they feel comfortable, and figure out ways to increase the number of social interactions they have in those environments. That said, as you do this, it’s vital to acknowledge that stress and worry are natural parts of life, this way your child doesn’t feel like there’s something inherently wrong with them.

Get on their level…technologically that is
In today’s world, it is a rare occurrence to find a teen who doesn’t have a phone, tablet, or computer. Your teen is already plugged in, so why not motivate them to use technology in a way that will improve their health and well-being? Encourage your teen to download one of these three apps to help cope with their anxiety:

 

  1. SAM (Self-Help for Anxiety Management) – Free for all iPhone and Android users, the app can be used to create a personalized anxiety toolkit, self-monitor your anxiety, and get tips for managing anxiety from other SAM users in the in-app forum.

 

  1. Centered – Another free app, Centered encourages iPhone users to participate in stress-reducing physical activity and meditation. The app can be synced with your iCalendar or Apple Watch to send you reminders to take a breather.

 

  1. Pacifica – Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), the app offers guided self-help paths, mood tracking, relaxation techniques, and progress tracking, making the yearly $35.99 subscription ($5.99/month) well worth it. The app is available for iPhone, Android, and web.

 

Try “laddering”
One technique for overcoming anxiety is to practice something called “laddering,” in which a specific fear is identified, a goal is set, and you take small steps toward achieving that goal.
Let’s say your teen is afraid to put themselves out there and make new friends, as many teens use social media as a replacement for in-person interactions. In this case, using the laddering technique can be very beneficial. Rather than reiterating the reclusive behavior, create small goals to get to the bigger goal such as speaking to one new person each day, inviting someone over, or joining a school or community group such as a youth group or sports league.
Chronic anxiety is often a condition that people must deal with throughout the course of their entire life. It does get better with time, however, and the adolescent years can be the toughest. As a parent, it’s important to empathize with your child’s anxiety without enabling it. By tackling the anxiety head on, you can begin to minimize its effect on your child’s social life.

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Word of the Day

20 May

When you keep learning, you keep leading! Start off your morning right with the word of the day and get your brain energerized. What word can use today in a sentence? It’s like Pee Wee Herman’s word of the day, but different.  

https://www.merriam-webster.com/word-of-the-day

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