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Cait Abernethy

Cait Abernethy is the Marketing Coordinator at Sparkrock and is excited about marketing trends, enthralled by technology of all kinds, and is interested in the ways local actions can have a global impact.
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The Financial Impacts of the New Federal Overtime Laws and How Nonprofits Can Adjust Accordingly

Posted by Cait Abernethy on Sep 21, 2016 9:30:00 AM

If you work for a Nonprofit in the United States, you have likely heard that new federal overtime laws/rules are coming into effect December 2016. They affect how you categorize the professionals in your sector - “Exempt” or “Non-Exempt” - and how they’re paid, whether through set salaries or through hourly wages that include overtime for hours worked over 40. If reading that sentence makes you want to hyperventilate into a paper bag for a few minutes, you’re not alone.

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The Alliance 2017 Schedule is Released and Registration is Now Open!

Posted by Cait Abernethy on Sep 19, 2016 11:10:08 AM

January – a month of snow, resolutions for the new year, and our annual Alliance conference!

Top Tips for Graduate Recruitment on a Budget

Posted by Cait Abernethy on Sep 12, 2016 3:43:14 PM

Here at Altus, we’re always on the lookout for new talent. This can come in a number of different forms such as experienced industry professionals, those looking for a career change (bringing with them a wealth of experience from other industries), or recent university graduates. We, as well as many of our clients, have found that graduates are not only a great way to fill entry-level roles in an organization, but they also bring a fresh perspective, enthusiasm, and are determined to work hard to progress their careers.

Call for Proposals: Share your Industry Secrets and Best Practices at Alliance 2017

Posted by Cait Abernethy on Aug 22, 2016 9:30:00 AM


Here at Altus Dynamics, we have a passion and commitment to connect with our clients in a way that allows us to understand their specific needs and deliver solutions that provide tangible results. That’s why our annual Altus Alliance conference is such a special time of year for us.

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Common Myths and Facts About the Grantwriting Process

Posted by Cait Abernethy on Aug 5, 2016 1:21:36 PM


Like many other methods of fundraising, successful grantwriting is built upon the strength of your organization’s relationship with prospective donors. To further your potential for success, your grant solicitation should clearly articulate the need for support, the impact that their donation will have, and the particular strengths of the project being proposed. It must also provide donors the opportunity to support a mission or project that aligns closely with their own philanthropic goals.

Three things you’ll love about the updated Expense Claims module in NAV 2016

Posted by Cait Abernethy on Jul 21, 2016 10:00:00 AM

We recently released the 2016 version of our finance solution and, with this, a slew of new features and functionalities that help make your life and job easier. All of these changes came from feedback we received from end users, and were built in collaboration with them so that the end product would work the way they work. While our Expense Claims module was already used and loved by many, we decided not to rest on our laurels and to make the functionality even better than it was previously. Here are three of the things you're going to love most about our updated Expense Claims module:

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The Digital Revolution in Employee Scheduling

Posted by Cait Abernethy on Jul 13, 2016 10:16:53 AM


How do you currently schedule your employees?

According to a Payroll Association study, almost 20 percent of you will shrug and respond “using a pen and paper.” Ouch.

Unfortunately, this old-school approach can reduce both your organization’s ability to properly manage labour costs and the accuracy of your employee time tracking. Additionally, managers are wasting time manually creating employee schedules while employees are inconvenienced by having to drive to their work location to see their shifts.

What your Nonprofit needs to Know about Facebook’s new Fundraising Tools

Posted by Cait Abernethy on Jul 11, 2016 4:16:07 PM

Exerpt taken from original article in Nonprofit Tech for Good.

The new Facebook Fundraising Tools could be a game changer for the nonprofit sector. Essentially a digital payment system that allows 2-tap giving by using a donor’s saved credit card information in their Facebook account, we are definitely entering a new era in online and mobile fundraising. Once donors understand how the technology works, there could be a pivotal shift away from donating through a nonprofit’s website.

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10 Fundamentals of a Great Creative Strategy on Youtube

Posted by Cait Abernethy on Jul 8, 2016 1:47:00 PM

Move over funny cat videos and the double rainbow guy, nonprofits are becoming major players in the YouTube ecosystem! These organizations have amassed over 4.6 billion views since the start of the YouTube for Nonprofits program, and there are now over 25 thousand nonprofit partners using the platform to further their causes and do good in their communities and the world.

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Five Reasons You Do Not Want to Miss Altus Alliance 2017

Posted by Cait Abernethy on Jul 5, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Save the Date! We have now confirmed that the next annual Altus Alliance user conference will be held from January 25th to 27th, 2017. Because we had such a great time last year, we will once again be hosting the event at the beautiful Thompson Hotel in downtown Toronto. The Alliance conference is an excellent opportunity for you to get a sneak preview of upcoming products and features, learn about industry trends that may affect your organization, and of course get tips and tricks from our experts so you'll get the most out of your investment. Plus, it’s a heck of a lot of fun!

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