ICYMI: Last Week’s Nonprofit News, Today | Jan. 28

Voice your opinion with Nonprofit Finance Fund's annual survey. Learn whose estate will be donating hundreds of pieces to a GCN member. And learn the three myths Bill and Melinda Gates raise that block progress for the poor.


What Do You Think of the State of the Nonprofit Sector?
(Social Velocity)
The annual survey from Nonprofit Finance Fund is underway, and you’ve got until Feb. 17 to voice your opinion on the state of the sector. Social Velocity provides a bit of background on the project, and encourages nonprofits across the country to take part.


Center for Puppetry Arts to Expand in Atlanta
(Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
GCN member Center for Puppetry Arts just announced plans to build a new, 15,000-square-foot space to house 400 pieces from the Jim Henson estate, having reached its $14 million fundraising goal.


Navigating towards cultural change
(Going International)
Points to consider, strategies to try, and resources to check out when taking on the long-term challenge of changing the political-cultural landscape through a sustained advocacy campaign.


The 7 Keys to a Donor Retention Strategy Full of Thanks
(npEngage / Blackbaud)
More secrets to donor retention. Gratitude, of course, is the overarching theme, but Claire Axelrad has some smart tips for making the most of your appreciation efforts. Meanwhile, The Agitator outlines a smart common-sense strategy for understanding why donors might be losing interest in your organization: call them up and ask them why they’ve lapsed.


World’s Best Intern: Advice from Nonprofits to Interns
(Beth’s Blog)
For those who are about to take on new interns in 2014, Beth Kanter has some lessons to pass along, full of useful insight for supervisors as well as the eager new talent they’ll be managing.


Are Nonprofits Reshuffling Their Social Media?
(Joanne Fritz / About.com)
As Facebook’s popularity wanes, and its headache-inducing changes pile up (see the John Haydon item below), Joanne Fritz produces a short roundup of links indicating that smart nonprofits are branching out into other social media spaces like Pinterest, Instagram, and Vine.

The Three A’s of Nonprofit Social Media Engagement
(Inbound Marketing / HubSpot)
Still don’t know what you should be talking about on all those social media channels your nonprofit’s signed up for? Bloomerang’s Steven Shattuck breaks down your social media strategy into three easy areas: Appreciation, Advocacy, and Appeals.

Words to avoid in 2014
(Big Duck)
It’s time to reconsider the buzzwords, jargon, and other verbal shortcuts that have become a habit over the past year. Nonprofit communications outfit Big Duck has your forbidden words of the year singled out and ready for striking from your vocabulary—including “value-add,” “twittersphere,” and “the ask.”

Facebook News Feed Now Gives Text Updates Less Reach
(John Haydon)
Everyone’s favorite Nonprofit Facebook Guy has an update for your Facebook strategy, as the social media overlords once again tweak the formula for what your followers see in their news feeds. (And for more Facebook tips, check out this new infographic from ShortStack, “The Best Facebook Advice of 2013,” that Haydon recently shared.)


2014 Gates Annual Letter: 3 Myths that Block Progress for the Poor
(Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)
Billionaire Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates just released his annual letter concerning the state of his worldwide philanthropy efforts. As usual, it’s a long and detailed document, but worth reading for its clear-headed take on the fight against global poverty, as well as its hopeful outlook on the progress already made. For a helpfully brief sum-up and commentary (and a little bit of professional football), Seattle journalist and author Timothy Egan provides an op-ed for the New York Times.

How Philanthropy is like “Shark Tank”
(Work in Progress / The Hewlett Foundation)
A few lessons nonprofits can learn about the thought process of grantmakers, from the popular ABC inventors-and-investors reality show “Shark Tank.”


Fundraising Tip: The Three B’s of a Planned Giving Campaign
Where to start the conversation with your most loyal supporters about planned giving, and how it can lead to deeper, stronger relationships; sustain current programs; fund new incentives; and provide a foundation to continue your mission.


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

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