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Wednesday Buzz: Where the Nonprofit Jobs Are

A small town within shouting distance of Atlanta has more nonprofit jobs per capita than anywhere else in the country, a new list shows. Also: Are you losing your attendees in small, subtle ways?

Looking for a good homestead to build out your nonprofit career? Look no further than Cumming, Georgia—a town on the outskirts of Atlanta.

Cumming, population 5,719, ranked at the top of GoodCall’s 2016 list of the Best Cities for Non-Profit Jobs. Built from a data analysis of 144,000 jobs in the nonprofit sector, it found that the town had 22.2 nonprofit positions for every 1,000 people.

The study sorted locations into three categories—small towns, large towns, and small cities. Fairfax, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, DC, topped the large-towns list (11.3 jobs per 1,000 people), while Rochester, Minnesota, led the small cities (4.9 jobs per 1,000 people).

The city with the most nonprofit jobs was Atlanta, with 1,694 jobs total, or 3.15 jobs per 1,000 people. Other cities with a significant nonprofit presence included Orlando, Florida, and (no surprise) Washington, DC.

Watch Out for Subtle Warnings

Could you be encouraging attendees to skip your next event, without even realizing it?

That might sound unlikely, but Smooth the Path writer Amanda Kaiser warns that it’s a real thing. It all comes down to the subtle signs, she says—like nervous speakers, a lack of vegetarian food, or an unwelcoming environment.

“Most of the little warnings attendees perceive but wouldn’t comment on, so we don’t know they are there,” Kaiser writes on her blog. “These little warnings, though, have the effect of diminishing the conference experience, making it harder to engage, harder to connect, and harder to learn.”

So, if they won’t tell you about these issues, how do you respond to them? “Try to put yourself in your attendee’s shoes,” she says, keeping an eye out for issues that you might not see otherwise.

Other Links of Note

What does it take to feed the thousands of attendees at the Republican National Convention? As MeetingsNet reports, the answer is 12 different catering firms.

Dealing with a frustrated volunteer? There are a few things you shouldn’t say, according to VolunteerMatch’s Basil Sadiq.

Still relying on Flash? Now might be the time to switch. Firefox maker Mozilla says it plans to de-emphasize Adobe’s legacy technology in upcoming versions of the web browser. By next year, users will have to manually activate websites with Flash content on them.

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Ernie Smith

By Ernie Smith

Ernie Smith is the social media journalist for Associations Now, a former newspaper guy, and a man who is dangerous when armed with a good pun. MORE

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