ICYMI: Last Week's Nonprofit News, Today | June 18

This week, we’re reading about the new EPA regulations and their potential to change the world, a new Foundation Center initiative challenging government to step up, some great ideas for entertaining a crowd at your next event, what to say before and after a major ask, what philanthropy’s shifting standards do to small nonprofits, and figuring out how to avoid the “Too Busy” trap when recruiting volunteers. Plus: how to recruit Millennials, new metro-area rankings, two member nonprofits featured on GCN.org, and more.


3 Ways the U.S.'s New Emissions Rules Could Help Change the World
(U.N. Foundation Blog)
For environmental nonprofits, last week’s big story was the EPA’s bold new plans to curb carbon pollution from U.S. power plants by 30% in the next 15 years. The U.N. Foundation looks at how that plan might be a global game-changer.

Foundation Center Launches New Platform for Democracy Funding

(Nonprofit Quarterly)
To make sure the “public” in public-private partnerships lives up to its side of the bargain, the Foundation Center is starting a campaign aimed at getting “American democracy [to] live up to its promise.”



How to Use Entertainment to Maximize Social Media Interaction at Events
(Event Manager Blog)
If you’re like us, you’ve been treated to a pretty entertaining event this week at the Points of Light Service Conference on Volunteering and Service—their Opening Plenary wowed a huge audience with music, dance, and a conversation among three icons of the Civil Rights movement. If you’re looking to jazz up your own events, check out this rundown of fun, unusual entertainment ideas that will get attendees buzzing.


5½ Things to Say at Your Next Major Gift Solicitation
(The Fundraising Coach)
Following up his tips on what exactly to say to a major donor during “The Ask,” Marc Pitman fills you in on what to say before and after the main event.



Writer's Blocked? Don't be! Read this...
(Pamela Grow)
It can be hard sitting down to a blank screen when you need to get a message out to donors. Happily, Grow has some simple and effective advice for getting the words flowing.

What Questions Do You Include in Donor Surveys?

(Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog)
Ms. Leroux-Miller has a roundup of resources for designing donor-feedback surveys, including links to the Nonprofit Quarterly and Blackbaud. She also considers what not to ask—and wants to hear from you.


Is Strategic Philanthropy Yesterday's News?
(Nonprofit Quarterly)
An absorbing (if a bit wordy) look at the effect that shifting philanthropic priorities have on the average nonprofit.



Metro Market Sutdy 2014
(Charity Navigator)
The results of Charity Navigator’s 10th annual national study analyzing differences in the financial, accountability and transparency practices of the biggest charities in metro markets across America. Find out how Atlanta (We’re No. 29!) measures up.



Why You Should Recruit Millennials to Boost Your NPO
(npEngage / Blackbaud)
Using their annual research, Blackbaud delves into the hows and whys of getting the Millennial Generation into the volunteer rotation.

How to Avoid Hearing "I'm Busy" From Association Volunteers

(Wild Apricot)
A curated roundup of ways to keep busy volunteers engaged.


A School Growing Alongisde Its Students: The Joseph Sams School
In thirty years, The Joseph Sams School (JSS) has grown from an early intervention preschool program, with one instructor, two paraprofessionals, and a handful of toddlers, to a full cradle-to-career suite of academic, life-skills, extracurricular, and vocational-training programs serving more than a hundred children and young adults a year.

Nonprofit Voice: Downtown's Big Year


For 73 years, GCN member Central Atlanta Progress (CAP) has overseen Downtown Atlanta through many times of transition and growth as the neighborhood has been a stage to some of the region's and world's most important events, such as the funeral and processional for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the 1996 Summer Olympics. CAP President A.J. Robinson believes this year's growth in downtown could be historic and weighs in on his organization's role in catalyzing growth, partnerships and projects.


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

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