ICYMI: Last Week’s NP News, Today | Nov. 4

How did a nonprofit use tweets to save lives during Hurricane Sandy? Does giving impact your happiness? Which online retail giant is enabling shoppers to easily donate to their favorite nonprofits? Get the answers, and more, in this week's sector recap. 

HEADLINES

Inside the hidden world of thefts, scams and phantom purchases at the nation’s nonprofits
The Washington Post
The Post has launched a major investigative report into the more than 1,000 nonprofits that noted a “significant diversion” of assets in their filings, indicating some form of theft or fraud behind the scenes, between 2008 and 2012 (including the AARP and Columbia University). Associations Now sees the story as an argument for better financial controls, while Nonprofit Quarterly takes a deeper dive into the takeaways, with the promise of more analysis to come.    

Obamacare Web-Site Glitches Boost Role of Nonprofit “Navigators”
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
The CoP notes a Wall Street Journal (paywall) story reporting that the well-publicized problems of Healthcare.gov have given an outsized role to the nation’s health care navigators, hired and trained by nonprofits with $67 million in government grants.

GEORGIA

Atlanta’s Largest Nonprofit Patrons
Creative Loafing
A profile of Robert Woodruff and Alicia Philipp, with commentary from GCN’s own Karen Beavor, shines a spotlight on the good accomplished by GCN members the Woodruff Foundation and the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta.

BOARDS

Business as Unusual: The “Complete Capital” Approach to Board Engagement
BoardSource
According to their annual survey, the Nonprofit Finance Fund reports that board engagement efforts are down for a third straight year. Though the reasons are unclear, it’s likely that nonprofits aren’t taking advantage of everything that board members have to offer. NFF manager Angela Francis offers some tactics for going beyond the financial to tap your board’s full range of assets.

FUNDRAISING

Infographic: 2013 Fundraising Effectiveness Project Survey Report
GuideStar
A summary of takeaways from the latest survey of the Fundraising Effectiveness Project, showing positive gains in giving for the first time in five years.

New Amazon Program Enables Shoppers to Easily Donate to Their Favorite Nonprofits
Nonprofit Tech for Good
Partnering with GuideStar, the online retail giant has introduced AmazonSmiles, which gives shoppers the ability to donate 0.5% of their purchases to a nonprofit of their choice. NPT for Good gives you illustrated, step-by-step instructions for signing up.

Can Nonprofits Raise Money on Social Media?
Frogloop / Care2
If the online fundraising feature in the brand-new issue of NOW has piqued your interest in social media fundraising, Frogloop has a few practical suggestions, with links, for getting started.

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

Giving, Impact, and Happiness
Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog / Nonprofit Marketing Guide
Guest blogger Ross Johnston looks at a recent study showing that people who spend money on others are happier than people who spend money on themselves--then illustrates what you might be doing wrong to nullify that effect.

TECHNOLOGY

How the Red Cross Used Tweets to Save Lives During Hurricane Sandy
Co.Exist / Fast Company
A fascinating look at the new Digital Operations Center at the American Red Cross, which used social media to find out about conditions on the ground where action could make a difference--resulting in 88 direct response efforts that might otherwise have never happened.

Marc Schultz is Writer/Editor at the Georgia Center for Nonprofits.

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