ICYMI: Last Week's Nonprofit News, Today | August 11

Filling up our reading docket this week: Blackbaud’s mid-year state-of-fundraising update, the plans underway to elevate the work of Athens nonprofits, six easy steps to a fundraising plan, leadership skills for young employees, retirement concerns for older employees, web site trends, the richest person in each U.S. state, and (naturally) a few reasons to give ourselves a break—plus more.


2014 Mid-Year Fundraising Trends
(npEngage / Blackbaud)
The Blackbaud Index shows that fundraising in the first half of 2014 is up 1.6% over the same period last year, leading their Idea Lab Director to declare “cautious optimism” about the balance of 2014. Check out the post for a breakdown by sub-sector.



Hackathon to Benefit Atlanta Nonprofits
(The NonProfit Times)
GCN member Technology Association of Georgia will be hosting a month-long programmer’s engagement—known as a “hackathon”—to benefit three Atlanta-based nonprofits, including the American Cancer Society and two GCN members: the Boys & Girls Club and the Hands On network.

Athens area nonprofits discuss better ways to work together, serve community
(Athens Banner-Herald)
The Athens Area Community Foundation and Community Connection of Northeast Georgia convened a meeting with Athens nonprofit leaders to discuss an upcoming “Community Health Assessment” they’ll be leading, and the new website that will serve the sector by compiling results from the assessment and translate it into a map of needs.



6 Steps to Creating the Fundraising Results You Really Want
(Fired Up Fundraising)
Gail Perry’s practical guide to developing a fundraising plan that’s smart, efficient, and gets everyone in your organization on board, starting with “a non-emotional assessment of how things are working right now.”

How to Give Your Donors Purpose They Can Afford
A nice reminder that, from many supporters’ point-of-view, “fundraising is about the donor’s mental health, not about the nonprofit organization’s fiscal health.”



What leadership skills do nonprofit emerging leaders need to succeed?
(Beth’s Blog)
Beth Kanter mines two recent research reports for tips on what kind of skill development Millennials need to ready them for the leadership challenges of the sector.

Older Nonprofit Workers: Retirement Concerns
(Nonprofit Quarterly)
Springboarding off a recent Seattle Times story on the income gap’s effect on retirees that featured a retiring nonprofit professional, NPQ starts a conversation about “the sector’s responsibility to its older workers.” (Elsewhere, they highlight two top nonprofit execs—college presidents—who took pay cuts to ensure staff workers receive at least $10.25 an hour.)



Is Your Leadership Obstructing Profitable Nonprofit Culture?
How leadership affects culture, and what to consider when trying to take your culture in a more productive (that is, profitable) direction.



3 Responsive Design Trends I’m Digging and Which Nonprofits are Working them Best
(npEngage / Blackbaud)
The information architect at Blackbaud celebrates the 3-year anniversary of responsive design, calling out her favorite style developments: the “long, scrolling homepage,” the “death of the slideshow,” and the “donate widget.”



Rick Cohen is NH’s Richest Person in a List of Wealthiest By State
(Nonprofit Quarterly)
A recently-released map of the wealthiest individuals in each state includes a number of big philanthropic names, including a New Hampshire grocery magnate named Rick Cohen (not the Rick Cohen writing for NPQ) and Georgia’s Anne Cox Chambers.



Field Trips 2014

We’ve still got slots open for our new education initiative this September: a week of on-site events taking you out of the office and into the field to experience strategy in action with 14 different GCN members and partners—including an Atlanta BeltLine tour and a visit with the CEO of the newly-opened Center for Civil and Human Rights.


Marc Schultz is writer/editor at the Georgia Center for Nonprofits and managing editor of Georgia Nonprofit NOW.

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