ICYMI: Last Week's Nonprofit News, Today, September 15

This week: football’s nonprofitability, the gap between the diseases we donate to and what’s actually killing us, lessons to learn from startup successes, the advantages of a digital annual report, and more.

HEADLINES

The NY Times Revisits NFL Nonprofitness as Football Season Begins
(Nonprofit Quarterly)
Kickoff weekend behind us, the NPQ has a mercifully brief recap of the Times’ latest look at what the NFL does to earn its designation as a nonprofit, and what it does to call that designation into question, featuring commentary from professors, journalists, and a taxpayers’ rights advocate. “Very little ground is broken.”

Infographic Compares Donations to Disease and Finds Big Disparities
(Nonprofit Quarterly)
In response to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a writer at Vox published a colorful infographic demonstrating the gulf between the diseases that get the most donations (no. 1: breast cancer) versus the diseases that are killing the most Americans (no. 1: heart disease). NPQ has the summary, pointing out a competing scatter diagram that might more accurately depict the discrepancies.

 

DATA

The Future of Data
(NTEN)
A well-considered look at where nonprofits are headed in regards to data-driven decision-making, and why the old “HIPPO” model of decision making--that is, decisions made by the “Highest Paid Person in the Organization”--perseveres.  

Are Nonprofits Staffing Tech Right?
(Frogloop / Care2)
A look at the new report from NTEN reveals a few ways that nonprofits are failing to leverage the information technology opportunities they face.

 

FUNDRAISING

5 Ways Nonprofits Can Use Rewards-Based Crowdfunding
(Nonprofit Hub)
As we gear up for Georgia Gives Day 2014, here’s a crowd-pleasing approach to raising money online: providing rewards in exchange for donations. It not only fulfills donors’ need for recognition, but it also “feels great to have something that reminds you of your involvement with a good cause.” (And while you’re there, check out the Hub’s guide to turning your Amazon “wish list” into a “donation list.”)

Motivating Donors to Give—and Give Happily
(Fundraising Success)
A few reasons why the “brand experts” might not have the best advice for your next fundraising campaign.

5 Lessons Nonprofits Can Learn From Startups
(Fast Company)
Both depend on visibility and fundraising, and both are perfectly poised for breakthrough innovation (see: Ice Bucket Challenge). Here’s a few pages noprofits can take from the startup playbook regularly making bazillionaires out of hard-working small-business founders and CEOs.

 

LEADERSHIP

Building Networks and Movements for Social Change
(Stanford Social Innovation Review)
A consultant working with the Levi Strauss Foundation shares some lessons learned from their  new initiative supporting young EDs and their efforts to build online and offline movements.

 

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

No Going Back for This Nonprofit After Switching to a Digital Annual Report
(Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog)
How moving their traditional annual report to an all-digital format helped one nonprofit save a lot money, tell the story of their year with style, and ultimately leave their annual angst behind.

Check Your Next Appeal Letter Against This 16-Point List Before Sending
(Clairification)
A smart and thorough checklist for your appeal letter, with simple and practical advice for filling in the gaps.

 

PHILANTHROPY

Ending the Nonprofit Starvation Cycle
(The Hewlett Foundation Blog)
A grantmaker new to the sector offers some keen observations about the unwillingness of his colleagues to provide overhead funds for the nonprofits that desperately need them.

 

ON GCN.ORG

Georgia Nonprofit NOW: Summer 2014
(GCN)
It’s our first annual IDEAS Issue, celebrating the ingenuity of our members, partners, and friends with a look at their most innovative work. Plus: a discussion with Center for Civil and Human Rights CEO Doug Shipman on a decade of planning and shepherding a vision, and 2014 AFP Outstanding Fundraising Professional Eileen Heisman on upcoming developments in philanthropy.

 

Thirty Georgia Nonprofit Pros Honored with “30 Under 30” Awards
(GCN)
Nominations for the awards, given by GCN and Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Atlanta, were accepted from across Georgia to recognize 30 young nonprofit professionals who are making a powerful impact in their organizations.

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

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