ICYMI: Last Week's NP News, Today | July 29

Each Monday, we bring you a roundup of the news that’s caught our attention in the past week. Be sure to share the articles and blogs that intrigued you over the past week, in the comments.

HEADLINES

Reviving Detroit: 4 Arenas Where Nonprofits Can Act to Design a New Future (Nonprofit Quarterly)
Last week’s historic declaration of bankruptcy was just the latest blow for the troubled capital of American automaking. NPQ looks at what the city’s nonprofits and philanthropies can do to keep their work going and contribute to the rebuilding of Detroit, which may be just the first of several cities to seek financial relief in Chapter 9 protection.       

Terminally Ill ‘Simpsons’ Co-Creator Vows to Give Away Fortune (The Hollywood Reporter)
Recently diagnosed with terminal colon cancer, The Simpsons writer and co-creator Sam Simon announced he will give nearly all of his royalties--”tens of millions” annually--to charity, including his own foundation focusing on hunger and animal-welfare. THR has the funny and touching interview.

 

FUNDRAISING

Monthly Giving for Small Nonprofits: 8 Tips for Keeping It Simple (Joanne Fritz / About.com)
Intrigued by recurring gift schemes like NPR’s newly-established Sustainers program, but don’t know where to begin? Here’s some great, easy-to-execute advice for jump-starting a monthly giving club, pulled from the new book by fundraising pro Erica Waasdorp, Monthly Giving: The Sleeping Giant.

 

HUMAN RESOURCES

Have No Fear, Nonprofits: Here’s a Round-Up All About Unpaid Interns (Engaging Volunteers / VolunteerMatch)
“Which rules apply to us, and which don’t? What’s the difference between a volunteer and an unpaid intern? How do stipends play into all this?” A helpful list of articles parsing the unfolding legal drama over interns.

 

MARKETING & COMMUNICATION

How to Talk About Fundraising Costs (The Agitator)
Reporting from the Direct Marketing Association’s Nonprofit Federation convention, tips on discussing the realities of “overhead” with your funders from experts at Special Olympics and the USO. Meanwhile, the latest dispatch from GuideStar’s “Overhead Myth” series has a useful analogy for overhead in the blind men-and-an-elephant parable.

Four Recent LinkedIn Page Upgrades Nonprofits Need to Know About (Nonprofit Tech for Good)
“If your nonprofit is on the fence about adding your LinkedIn page to your editorial calendar – or don’t even realize yet that you already have a LinkedIn page, these four recent upgrades may motivate you to take the leap.”

How to Use Memes to Spread Your Nonprofit’s Message (Network for Good)
Tips for putting a nonprofit spin on Grumpy Cat, Ryan Gosling, and other Facebook-friendly memes popping up all over your social media feed. While you’re absorbing the lessons, check Rad Blog’s favorite examples of “meme-jacking for social good.”

 

MILLENNIALS

How Will Millennials Give? 5 Questions for Sharna Goldseker (PhilanTopic)
Following her firm’s new study, consultant Goldseker discusses giving trends among the next generation of high-capacity donors.

Is Your Nonprofit Resonating With Millennials? (SocialBrite)
John Haydon pulls three examples from the 2013 Millennial Impact Report to show how the next generation of NP donors and leaders interact with nonprofits online, and what you need to do to keep their attention.

 

PHILANTHROPY

The Charitable-Industrial Complex (The New York Times)
In a stinging op-ed, Peter Buffett, son of Warren and chairman of the NoVo Foundation, takes philanthropies to task for a lack of imagination, risk-taking, and sincerity: “It’s what I would call ‘conscience laundering’ — feeling better about accumulating more than any one person could possibly need to live on by sprinkling a little around as an act of charity.”

 

VOLUNTEERS

Volunteer Engagement for Disasters: How American Red Cross Trains Its New Responders (Engaging Volunteers / VolunteerMatch)
The Red Cross depends on a mind-boggling number of volunteers to help out in some 70,000 disasters every year. Here’s a brief, insightful look at how they get all those volunteers ready for the challenge.

 

ON GCN.ORG

Findings Friday: Activating Millennials (GCN)
“Last week, Achieve, in partnership with the Case Foundation, released the 2013 Millennial Impact Report. The survey investigated best practices for reaching, involving and optimizing impact with the Millennial generation. In a sentence: Millennials value causes over organizations.”

GCN Member News (GCN)
Updates from Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Kate’s Club, Year Up Atlanta, the CDC Foundatin, and more.

Funding and Resource Opportunities (GCN)
Your roundup of timely grant opportunities, including links to the Georgia Humanities Council, Georgia State’s School of Social Work, and the BoardSource Leadership Forum.  

Fueling Our Georgia Nonprofit Leaders for Success (GCN)
Last week, we asked Georgia's nonprofit leaders to tell us what fuels them throughout their work day using hashtag #NOWfuel on Facebook and Twitter. They responded by sharing fun images and stories of their daily office motivators. Check out a few of our favorites!

 

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