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Completely revised and updated, the Fourth Edition of this popular resource recognizes the emerging importance of planned giving and the changes that have taken place over the last few years. The new edition now includes a convenient, easy-to-use CD-ROM filled with exhibits, documents, and forms. With a new focus on user-friendly content and helpful insights, tips, warnings, and perspectives, the new edition empowers fundraising professionals with the ability to speak the same language as donors and their advisors, while still keeping their own organization's goals in mind.Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.
Praise for Streetsmart Financial Basics for Nonprofit Managers, Third Edition"Tom McLaughlin is a proven master at making the daunting concepts of nonprofit financial management clear and engaging. This book is a superb introduction for new nonprofit executives, board members, and students. It is also an excellent refresher and reference for those of us who have been around the nonprofit sector for a while. It is well written, concise, and thought provoking."--J. Gregory Dees, Professor of the Practice of Social Entrepreneurship and Nonprofit Management at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, and coauthor of Enterprising Nonprofits and Strategic Tools for Social Entrepreneurs"A very practical guide to understanding and managing the finances of a nonprofit organization. As nonprofits strive for greater accountability, Tom McLaughlin's real-world examples and accessible style make this book indispensable for nonprofit executives, managers, and board members at organizations of any size."--Gordon J. Campbell, President and CEO, United Way of New York City"Tom McLaughlin's powerful book is far more than a useful tool. It provides the philosophical approach to instill strong stewardship and future viability to those in the world of nonprofits. He takes apart the complex issues of nonprofit stewardship just as Einstein translated relativity into a simple equation. Purely masterful."--Jim Mellor, Senior VP, Chief Financial Officer, YMCA of the USANote: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.
Praise for Fast Close: A Guide to Closing the Books Quickly"Steve captures the essence of the problems affecting the financial close process within corporations of all sizes; from the period close of subledgers and general ledger through financial reporting, and the relationship and interdependencies of governance, people and technology. A must-read for the corporate controller."--David Taylor, ACMA, MBA, VP Strategy, Trintech Inc."Fast Close: A Guide to Closing the Books Quickly, Second Edition is a must-read for today's busy controllers. Steven Bragg points out everything that can be done outside the close that you just never realized didn't actually have to be part of the month-end close process! Very commonsensical approach!"--Kathleen Schneibel, mba, cpa, Controller/CFO for Hire, KMAS Consulting LLC"A well-executed 'fast close' can bring many valuable benefits to any company, from improving organizational performance to transforming accounting executives from financial historians to trusted advisors. In Fast Close, Second Edition, Steve systematically breaks down the steps required to achieve a fast close in both public and private companies, providing financial executives with tips, checklists, and a cost-effective road map to implement fast close procedures in virtually any company."--Matthew Posta, Esq., CPA, Vice President of Finance, Key Air, LLCFROM THE FIRST EDITION"This is an outstanding book in which Steve reveals his secrets to a fast close. Having personally experienced his (one-day) fast close for years and enjoyed the beneficial impact on my company, I highly recommend this book for all financial officers who desire to have a large, favorable impact on their company."--Richard V. Souders, President and CEO, Kaba Workforce Solutions
Sustainable Landscaping For Dummies provides hands-on, how-to instruction for realizing the benefits of a sustainable landscape, from selecting sutainable hardscape materials to installing a rain-water catchment system to choosing native plants.
The content boom on the Internet has been explosive in the past few years with more than a billion people surfing worldwide. Internet Simplified shows beginning level computer users how to get comfortable surfing the web and how to navigate the flood of information once they find what they're looking for. Users will find helpful information on the most talked about newcomers to the online world such as social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace, blogging, and downloading media content from YouTube and iTunes, as well as an introduction to the old standbys such as email, auction sites, and instruction for safe surfing. Coverage on how to safeguard against viruses and SPAM and keep computers free from unwanted visitors is approached in a gentle, user-friendly manner so anyone can apply the techniques and be free from troublesome intrusions. Full-color screen shots and numbered, step-by-step instructions guide readers through the intricacies of navigating the web in a friendly, approachable way. The updated design features a more sophisticated look and larger fonts and images to make this a perfect reference for all ages.
A completely revised and updated edition of the all-time bestselling Flash title Written by two of the world's leading Flash experts, this comprehensive reference provides you with undocumented techniques, tips, and tricks on the CS4 release of Flash, the popular tool that allows you to create animations and build interactive Web sitesIn-depth coverage on more than one thousand pages includes something for everyone--whether you're a Web novice or an accomplished Web professional--this resource will be your guide to the inner workings and capabilities of Flash CS4Two of the world's leading Flash experts offer more coverage than any other book on the marketThe accompanying CD-ROM includes trial software, addons, plugins, shareware, templates, and examplesNote: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.
"Seelert's stories and wisdom demonstrate that the principles and practices leading to winning results in sports are highly transferable to the building of brands, businesses, and organizations. This book tells you how."--Jack Twyman, NBA Hall of Fame player, former ABC Game of the Week announcer, and former Chairman and CEO, Super Food Services Inc."Seelert's comprehensive revelation of his leadership wisdom is priceless--especially the management of culture through innovative communications, fueled by rock-solid personal spirit and style. Read and succeed . . . it's that actionable. Bob's the real leadership deal."--John W. Luther, President, Luther & Company, Strategic Growth Consulting"I've never been at my best when working for a boss in the traditional sense . . . Authority is not my favorite cultural tool. I am at my best (maybe like you) when I have a coach and mentor. Bob Seelert has played that role for over a decade, providing me with counsel, guidance, perspective, and unconditional love and support. Oh yes, and wisdom. Lots of it! You'll find out what I mean when you read this book."--Kevin Roberts, CEO Worldwide, Saatchi & Saatchi"Bob Seelert entered Saatchi & Saatchi in early 1995 when the company was in flux and extremely unstable. In a few short years, he not only stabilized the business, he grew it into an even greater advertising powerhouse than it once was. If anyone is qualified to write about business turnarounds, it's Seelert!"--David Herro, Chief Investment Officer-International, Harris Associates LP"Spencer Stuart placed Bob Seelert into leadership positions at Kayser-Roth and Saatchi & Saatchi at times when success seemed impossible, but failure was not an acceptable option. In both situations, he achieved highly successful turnarounds, and his stories tell you why."--Thomas Neff, Chairman, Spencer Stuart USA"Bob Seelert and I worked together for twenty years, and I saw firsthand how the wisdom in this book enabled him to build businesses and organizations. For MBA students and other aspiring business leaders, this book will become their well-thumbed how-to guide for constructing a successful career."--Erv Shames, Lecturer, University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business andformer President and CEO, General Foods USA and Borden, Inc.
Saving veterans and their families from months of phone calls and internet searches, Veterans Benefits For Dummies outlines the various programs that the VA and other government agencies have in place as well as the procedures for filing applications, claims, and appeals for these benefits which include:* Health care* Ongoing care for wounded and disabled vets* Education assistance* Vocational rehabilitation* Life insurance* Home loan guarantees* Pensions* Survivors' benefits* Burial benefits
By coupling step-by-step instructions and detailed photos and illustrations, Bike Repair & Maintenance For Dummies gives readers the information they need to keep their bikes in working order, often without taking it to the shop.
Real Estate Development and InvestmentA Comprehensive ApproachWritten by real estate industry veteran Stephen Peca, this timely guide skillfully outlines the various phases of the real estate development process and addresses some of the most important issues associated with this discipline.Using numerous illustrations and anecdotes, this book takes you through the development process, from historical considerations and idea formulation to financial feasibility and asset disposition, while covering the entire cycle of real estate development for various property types. Topics touched upon throughout these pages include: The key factors affecting demand for different land uses and development The interaction of market research, financing, planning, contract negotiation, marketing, leasing, and property management The need for universal, current, and broad knowledge The importance of ethics in the development process The role of different professionals and companies involved in the development process Environmental considerations in real estate development And much moreFilled with in-depth insights and practical advice, this reliable resource will help you gain a firm understanding of the functional skills necessary to be successful in this field and familiarize you with several often-overlooked-but essential aspects of commercial real estate development.
An eye-popping, unauthorized expos? of the House of BarbieFrom Boise to Beijing, Mattel's toys dominate the universe. Its no-fun-and-games marketing muscle reaches some 140 countries, and its iconic products have been a part of our culture for generations. Now, in this intriguing and entertaining expos?, New York Times bestselling author Jerry Oppenheimer places the world's largest toy company under a journalistic microscope, uncovering the dark side of toy land, and exploring Mattel's oddball corporate culture and eccentric, often bizarre, cast of characters.Based on exclusive interviews and an exhaustive review of public and private records, Toy Monster exposes Mattel's take-no-prisoners, shark-infested corporate style. Throughout this scrupulously reported, unauthorized portrait, you'll discover how dangerous toys are actually nothing new to Mattel, and why its fearsomely litigious approach within the brutal toy business has helped their products dominate potential rivals such as Bratz.Introduces you to the larger-than-life personalities that have shaped Mattel's eccentric worldOffers an inside look- from an experienced author-at the scandals that have been a part of this iconic companyJerry Oppenheimer is also the author of Madoff with the Money, an in-depth look at Bernie Madoff the man and his billion dollar scamEngaging and accessible, Toy Monster shows you why today's toy business isn't always fun and games.
A Must-read guide to real estate investing during turbulent timesGiven the current state of the economy, you might be asking yourself if right now is the right time to be investing in real estate. With the third edition of Getting Started in Real Estate Investing as your guide, you'll quickly discover how a combination of commitment and caution can help you make it in today's market.Designed for investors who want to get started in real estate, but don't know where to begin, this reliable resource will help you break into this fast-moving field and build equity the right way. Getting Started in Real Estate Investing, Third Edition addresses everything from selecting the right properties and becoming a landlord to using the proper tax strategies and finding the right professionals to work with. It also outlines issues you must be aware of in light of recent events, including the best ways to finance your real estate investments, considering the status of mortgage financing, and new requirements that may be thrown at borrowers.The new edition is updated to include information on:Surviving in the post-bust housing marketPicking investments with the new credit realitiesLooking ahead to future housing boomsReading the emerging housing trendsWritten in straightforward and accessible style--with a focus on residential and multifamily properties--Getting Started in Real Estate Investing, Third Edition also contains helpful information that will allow you to analyze your financial ability to buy and hold real estate as well as avoid potential pitfalls.In order to excel in real estate investing, you need to start by defining what you want to do and how much risk you can afford. But ultimately, success depends on making informed decisions about where and when to invest, and Getting Started in Real Estate Investing, Third Edition gives you the tools to achieve these goals--even under the most difficult market conditions.
Living the Country Lifestyle All-in-One For Dummies features six books in one, including:Country Cooking (cast-iron cooking, canning, pickling, and outdoor cooking, among other topics)Traditional Crafts (sheering animals and producing wool, knitting, hand sewing, patchwork and quilting, candle making)Kitchen Gardening (growing and caring for vegetables, herbs, and fruit)Outdoor Skills (camp skills, fishing, navigation, outdoor family fun)Raising Farm Animals (buying, housing, and raising animals, beekeeping)Natural Health (herbal remedies, an encyclopedia of herbs, and healing foods)
How to create a successful promotional product campaign for any businessAccording to award-winning direct marketer Mitch Carson, business owners and marketers should understand the value of using promotional items for business growth, and how to create successful promotional product campaigns. In The Silent Salesmen, Carson introduces his proven, simple promotional product strategies that are guaranteed to increase sales and profits. Business owners and marketers will discover step-by-step tips on how to develop and implement a versatile marketing plan that encompasses ready-to-use samples of sales materials paired with unique and memorable promotional products. Combined, these tools will make for an extremely effective (and profitable) marketing message.
This book offers an innovative introduction to social research. The book explores all stages of the research process and it features both quantitative and qualitative methods. Research design topics include sampling techniques, choosing a research design, and determining research question that inform public opinion and direct future studies. Throughout the book, the authors provide vivid and engaging examples that reinforce the reading and understanding of social science research. "Your Turn" boxes contain activities that allow students to practice research skills, such as sampling, naturalistic observation, survey collection, coding, analysis, and report writing.
A practical guide to getting organized, beating procrastination, and working more efficientlyThe Fourth Edition of The Personal Efficiency Program continues the book's long tradition of helping overwhelmed professionals get their work lives organized to become more effective and efficient. Readers will learn how to stop procrastinating, stop feeling overwhelmed, and start feeling good about their work lives. This new edition contains new chapters on e-mail and meetings, as well as new content on portable communications and how best to utilize tools like cell phones and Blackberries. As always, this edition features Kerry Gleeson's proven, effective program for helping anyone get organized and become far more productive.
The Swing Trader's Bible provides traders with different strategies to capitalize on market fluctuations. The majority of the time, most markets move sideways, with no discernible long-term up or down trend. The key to making money in these kinds of markets is to sell when the market is near the top of its range and buy when it's near the bottom of its range. The authors explain how to use fundamental stock analysis and technical analysis to spot swing trading opportunities. They then provide very specific techniques for entering and exiting the market, including: channel analysis; momentum indicators; stock sector leaders/followers; market cycles; overbought/oversold indicators; trading volume; and money flows. The authors explain how to swing trade by taking outright positions in stocks or by using various options strategies. Most of the book is devoted to swing trading using individual stocks, but the authors also explain swing trading opportunities in stock indexes and in exchange-traded funds.
Praise for International and U.S. IPO Planning"Perhaps the greatest value of Frederick Lipman's new book on initial public offerings derives--as its title indicates--from the emphasis that it places on planning. Lipman makes abundantly clear that an IPO is not something to be rushed into by every fledgling firm, as was typical during the dot.com boom of the late 1990s. Indeed, his extensive treatment of the many aspects of preparing a company for an IPO, particularly the non financial aspects, helps the reader to focus on the most important question of all: Is an IPO appropriate for a given company? Somewhat uniquely, Lipman then asks the further question of whether an international IPO might be appropriate for that company even if a domestic one were not. By doing so, he has made a real contribution to this literature."-Kenneth C. Froewiss, Clinical Professor of Finance, NYU Stern School of Business"We are operating in a global environment in nearly every aspect of business, and structuring/planning for an IPO is no different. The recent changes in regulations for U.S.- listed companies have raised the cost of access of U.S.-listed IPO capital, making foreign exchanges much more attractive. Fred Lipman has created a wonderful guide for managers to seriously access this option for their business. I also hope his book is a wake-up call to U.S. regulators on their impact on the competitiveness of U.S. securities markets."-Bob Hellman, Managing Partner & CEO, American Infrastructure MLP Funds"This book will be of immense value to the companies planning an IPO. I am particularly struck by the research done by the author, which, in my opinion, makes it an authentic guide for private companies not only in the U.S. but also in Asia, particularly India and China, where a huge opportunity awaits companies to mature into sustainable enterprises by involving a large section of society in their IPO."-M.K. Chouhan, Chairman, Mahendra & Young Knowledge Foundation, and Vice Chairman of Global Advisory Board, Asian Centre for Corporate Governance"This book contains valuable suggestions for advanced planning for both U.S. and international IPOs and belongs in the library of every entrepreneur and business executive."-William C. Tyson, Associate Professor, Legal Studies, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania8 crucial steps to planning a successful IPOInternational and U.S. IPO Planning outlines the eight step-by-step techniques all private companies must follow to prepare for a successful IPO, either in the U.S. or internationally. From advance planning techniques for both an international and U.S. IPO, to growing a business through acquisitions and "roll-ups" prior to an IPO, to deterring unwanted suitors by inserting carefully placed provisions into the charter, and so much more, International and U.S. IPO Planning provides a wealth of practical and insightful guidance to help the private company go public, regardless of its size or location.
Internal Audit: Efficiency Through Automation teaches state-of-the-art computer-aided audit techniques, with practical guidelines on how to get much needed data, overcome organizational roadblocks, build data analysis skills, as well as address Continuous Auditing issues. Chapter 1 CAATTs History, Chapter 2 Audit Technology, Chapter 3 Continuous Auditing, Chapter 4 CAATTs Benefits and Opportunities, Chapter 5 CAATTs for Broader Scoped Audits, Chapter 6 Data Access and Testing, Chapter 7 Developing CAATT Capabilities, Chapter 8 Challenges for Audit,
There is a need for a book that provides a model of learning that is appropriate for online learning as well as teaches the user how to create potent Flash applications to deliver online learning content. This book is an Adobe Flash tutorial set in an instructional design context. It demonstrates how to develop Flash tutorials for teaching facts, concepts, principles, and procedures using Merrill s Component Display Theory. All the book s source files are provided as well as Adobe Captivate tutorials demonstrating the procedures.
The forms, letters, and other tools included in Marketing Kit For Dummies, 3rd Edition enable readers to start a successful marketing program from the beginning. The expert tips and information presented in the book take some of the mystery out of marketing and explain, step-by-step, how to implement and execute a successful marketing strategy.Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.
This book provides no-nonsense, highly efficient techniques for a variety of typical training processes, including classroom and on-the-job training, and mentoring. It shows how to use these techniques in a variety of delivery systems, including computer-based and mobile learning and addresses other development techniques that can augment rapid course development methods. Training and development practitioners will appreciate the book's case examples of how each technique is applied. This book provides no-nonsense, highly efficient techniques for a variety of typical training processes, including classroom and on-the-job training, and mentoring. It shows how to use these techniques in a variety of delivery systems, including computer-based and mobile learning and addresses other development techniques that can augment rapid course development methods. Training and development practitioners will appreciate the book's case examples of how each technique is applied.
This thorougly revised classic provides guidelines for HR and Training professional on how to quickly determine performance needs before investing precious time and resources. When trainers, consultants, and problem-solvers need to figure out what's wrong with an organization--and they need a solution fast--they need this book.
The numerous incentive approaches and combinations and their implications can be dizzying even to the compensation professional. Pay for Results provides a road map for developing and implementing executive incentives that drive business needs and strategy. It is filled with specific analytic tools, including tables, exhibits, forms, checklists. In addition, it uncovers myths in performance measurement strategy and design. Timely and thorough, this book expertly shows businesses how to drive their specific needs and strategy. Human resources and compensation officers will discover how to apply performance metrics that align with shareholder investment.
Intermediate-level users learn to coax much more from PhotoshopPhotoshop is the preferred image-editing software, with more than four million users worldwide. Professional photographers, Web designers, graphic designers, and serious photo hobbyists who already know earlier versions of Photoshop will expand their skills by mastering these techniques. Fully revised for the newest Photoshop release, this guide uses step-by-step instructions and full-color screen shots to make comprehension quick and easy for the visual learner.Photoshop is the image-editing software preferred by professional photographers and designers around the world; new functionality and enhanced tools in the latest version enable new shortcuts and techniquesThis full-color guide shows intermediate-level users how to coax more from Photoshop with professional tips and tricksPacked with cool and valuable advice to help you take advantage of Photoshop's newest bells and whistles and take your skills to new heightsPhotoshop Top 100 Simplified Tips & Tricks provides a visual reference that teaches adventurous users how to make the most of Photoshop.