In Case You Missed It: Last Week’s NP News, Today | July 8

Each Monday, we'll bring you the latest headlines and trending topics that inform your work as a nonprofit professional. Check back with us every week and equip yourself with what you need to know for the week ahead!

Another week’s worth of nonprofit headlines from PhilanTopic, The Washington Post, Nonprofit Quarterly, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Nonprofit Tech 2.0, Forbes, and more—sorted and pre-screened especially for your busy Monday afternoon.

Let us know what you’ve been reading (today and in the past week) in the comments!

 

TOP HEADLINES

After a Gay-Rights Victory, a New Challenge for Grantmakers (PhilanTopic)
How philanthropies helped pave the way for a historic triumph at the Supreme Court, and what they need to do next to keep the momentum going.

Explainer: Sorting Through the Charges and Countercharges in the IRS Probe (The Fact Checker / The Washington Post)
A helpful post that cuts through the confusion and tells you what we know so far (at least as of last Wednesday) about the IRS “scandal.”

 

CHALLENGES

Rediagnosing “Founder’s Syndrome”: Moving Beyond Stereotypes to Improve Nonprofit Performance (Nonprofit Quarterly)
A critical look at the symptoms of “Founder’s Syndrome,” and why the catch-all diagnosis is often more about assigning blame than making constructive changes.“.

Princeton Residents Sue to Revoke University’s Tax Exemption (The Chronicle of Philanthropy)
A group of Princeton, N.J. inhabitants have filed suit against Princeton University, arguing that the school’s commercial activities disqualify it from tax-exempt status.

 

FUNDRAISING

Spice It Up! (PhilanTopic)
Five ways to make your next grant proposal fresh, fitting, and attention-getting.

How Fiscal Sponsorship Works (Joanne Fritz / About.com)
Some new nonprofits are skipping the typical fundraising route with fiscal sponsorship, a scheme in which a charitable initiative is adopted by an already-established nonprofit. An overview of the “cheaper, faster, easier, and more efficient alternative to... trying to set up a 501(c)(3) corporation yourself.”

 

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

21 Stupid Things You Can Stop Doing (Kivi’s Blog / Nonprofit Marketing Guide)
The go-nowhere marketing tactics you should abandon immediately, including “outreach to the general public,” “obsessing about SEO,” and “press releases.” (And now available in three convenient formats: infographic, slideshow, and webinar recording.)

Five Nonprofits Maximizing YouTube’s Nonprofit Program (Nonprofit Tech 2.0)
A sampling of organizations using a popular, feature-rich option for nonprofits on the Google-owned video site to get the word out and bring in more dollars.

Just Liking Us on Social Media? You’re Doing It Wrong (Huffington Post)
VolunteerMatch’s VP of Communications & Marketing considers new cause marketing campaigns that look down on social media support, what they say to supporters, and why nonprofits are so conflicted over social media engagement.

 

OPERATIONS

Business Best Practice: A Gallery (Forbes)
A collection of practical takeaways from the 2nd Ashoka Support Network Global Summit in London, which brings together social entrepreneurs and businesspeople from around the world.

Using Outcomes to Measure Nonprofit Success (Nonprofit Quarterly)
Echoing the concerns of the newly-established “Overhead Myth” initiative, a nonprofit CPA looks at how success is measured currently, and how it ought to be.

The Nonprofitization of Business (Stanford Social Innovation Review)
Turning the usual order of things around, two nonprofit sector vets look at what for-profits can (and should) learn from nonprofits.

 

ON GCN.org

Serving Our Vets, Part 2: Reaching Out and Building Capacity (GCN) Another look at the results from our Metro Atlanta Veterans’ Services Research Project, spotlighting the need for increased outreach and a better understanding of vets’ needs.

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