ICYMI: Last Week’s Nonprofit News, Today | May 5

Last week, we learned about the precarious place of women in the sector, the ways Metro Atlanta is undermining its own anti-homelessness efforts, what makes a prospective donor “suspect” and “capable,” how to build a social media army, live reporting from the event floor, nonprofits’ responsibility toward protecting digital data, and more.


In Sector Led by Women, Glass Ceiling at Top—and Networked Feminism Below
After attending the inaugural Women in Philanthropy summit, put together by NYU’s Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising, sector reporter Tom Watson takes away two major themes he sees as “a challenge and a warning shot” to the sector: above, the glass ceiling keeping women from the top of the “professional food chain”; and, below, the “destabilizing influence” of actors and networks “who don’t necessarily need (or prize) formally incorporated organizations.”

Does Foreign Aid Make NGOs Corrupt?
(The Guardian UK)
An international development expert examines the phenomenon of “briefcase NGOs,” nonprofits with “well-written proposals and access to western donors” that end up pocketing donations rather than spending them on aid.



Metro Atlanta’s Homeless Strategy Gets Overhauled
(Creative Loafing Atlanta)
In a stinging editorial, Creative Loafing takes metro-area city and county governments to task for abandoning anti-homeless initiatives and partnerships, including two vital Fulton county shelters and the Tri-Jurisdictional Collaborative that united Fulton, Dekalb, and Atlanta in efforts to secure federal funding for nonprofits serving the homeless community (“Ten years of cooperation... scuttled in a few short months”).



7 Crowdfunding Tips Demystified
(Frogloop / Care2)
This piece breaks down seven recommendations from a recent report by the Rad Campaign called “Cracking the Crowdfunding Code,” giving nonprofits the keys to running a successful crowd-driven online fundraising campaign.

The Making of a Prospect
(Nonprofit Quarterly)
A strategic development director walks you through a few variations on your standard “prospective donor”—from a “predisposed” to a “capable”—and how best to turn your prospects into dedicated donors.



Independent Sector Calls for Minimum Wage Hike
(The Nonprofit Times)
The board of directors at Independent Sector has not just put its support behind raising the national minimum wage, but issued a challenge to all U.S. nonprofits to pay everyone on their staff a living wage.



Doing More With Less: How Nonprofits Build Social Media Armies
The head of HootGiving shares the presentation she gave at the recent Social Media for Nonprofits conference in Seattle, on building a highly dedicated social media following equipped to carry your PR message into their online and real-world networks.

3 Easy Ways Nonprofits Can Use Content Curation to Cure an Ailing Blog
(J Campbell Social Marketing)
Some simple methods for mining other people’s content to produce blog posts that are relevant, valuable, and share-worthy, as well as a handy infographic that clarifies the process.

The Science of Nonprofit Marketing and New Donor Acquisition
(npEngage / Blackbaud)
The marketing manager at Blackbaud shows you another way to think about the discipline of donor communications, taking a few tips from the scientific method.

HOW TO: Report Live from Nonprofit Events and Conferences
(Nonprofit Tech for Good)
In another excerpt from their book Mobile for Good, the folks at NPTFG provide a practical guide to making real-time reports from the floor of your big event or conference, including what to post (only the most interesting quotes and insights), how to present yourself (in the third person), who to retweet, and more.

Digital Data Further Blurs Boundaries Between Sectors
(Philanthropy 2173)
In the wake of a new report from the White House on big data, philanthropy expert Lucy Bernholz raises some interesting questions about nonprofits’ responsibility to protect the digital data shared with them by supporters and beneficiaries.



Field Trips 2014
GCN announces our inaugural round of nonprofit Field Trips: this September, join us for a new kind of learning experience as we move out of the office and into the field to experience strategy in action.

Marc Schultz is contributing editor at the Georgia Center for Nonprofits.  

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