How to Conduct Personal Background Checks

Personal Background Checks Information

You want to conduct a personal background check on a colleague, maybe even a prospective mate, but you’re not quite sure how to go about it? Before you spend a fortune on private investigators, you might want to try a little gumshoeing of your own.

The net is teeming with search engines and public records just waiting to be explored. You might have to do a little digging (or perhaps a lot), but there’s a great chance that the information you’re after is just floating around cyberspace at no cost. Continue reading

Sherlock Reloaded: The Advent of Online Private Investigation

The Advent of Online Private Investigation

Private investigation has a lot of imagery and clichés attached to it. There is the lone wolf, investigator who, for one reason or the other is unattached to the government. There is the trusty sidekick/chronicler who manages to either accidentally make discoveries which are crucial to the case or get himself into a situation where he needs rescuing. There is also the scene where the hapless client (often a beautiful blonde) goes to the office of the private investigator to seek his help. However, this last scene is slowly becoming obsolete simply because of the advent of online private investigation Continue reading

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Common Misconceptions About Bullying

Understanding Common Misconceptions About Bullying

There are many common misconceptions about bullying. Thinking that bullying is a normal part of childhood and the victims should just toughen up is perhaps the most stereotypical view of bullying and the biggest bullying misconception. Thinking this way can have serious consequences for both victims and bullies. Bullying should not be tolerated and letting a bully continue picking on others just reinforces their behavior and sets them up to continue making poor choices for the rest of their lives. Bullying victims can also suffer from low self esteem, depression, and a poor self image. Continue reading

Russian Thanksgiving Dinner – Mystery Ingredients

Thanksgiving In Siberia – Still Laughing

Living for a year in Siberia was bound to results in a few laughs. There was no funnier time than my effort to celebrate Thanksgiving.

The Set Up

As an American male, my idea of cooking was dropping by the local Chinese restaurant on my way home from work. We are talking about a person who considers cooking rice a culinary challenge of the highest order. This lack of skill came to the forefront while spending a year teaching at a university in the Siberian city of Chita. Continue reading

Getting the Best Return on Investment for your Fundraiser

Making Sure Your Fundraiser Is Profitable

Return On Investment (ROI) is a fundamental business concept. Its also something that every fundraiser needs to take into consideration.

A business investment consists of working capital, physical assets, and peoples time.

ROI is the net gain that results from a business spending money and utilizing physical assets, along with the expenditure of employees’ time, in an effort to produce tangible profits. Continue reading

Fundraising Fundamentals

Learn The Basics Of Fundraising

Successful fundraising requires following certain fundamental steps. Here are two things you have to do with every fundraiser:

1) Increase community awareness of your need

2) Increase community awareness of your offering

Everybody reading this instantly thinks, “Yep, we’ve got that covered. Everybody in our group knows what we’re doing.” Continue reading

Fundraising and the Business of Relationships

Fundraising Is About Relationships

The golden key to effective fundraising is an organizations ability to manage relationships. While some may consider this an oversimplified explanation of a complex non-profit business model, our experience has shown us that this is one of the most overlooked, yet lucrative, elements of our fundraising efforts.

The backbone of any fundraising campaign is the appeal to donors for contributions. The problem many organizations run into during this phase of their fundraising efforts is that they have neglected to keep their donors engaged with their organization since their previous appeal for support. Continue reading