In Case You Missed It: Last Week's NP News, Today | July 15

Each Monday, we bring you a roundup of the news that caught our attention over the past week.

GEORGIA

Non-Profits Placing Youths on Boards (North Fulton Revue & News)
The North Fulton Alliance of Young Professionals has a new plan to get young leaders on the boards of local nonprofits in one-year, non-voting terms of service designed to be a “win-win” for everyone involved—which already includes GCN members The Drake House and Foster Care Support Foundation.

Likely Ga. Hopeful Michelle Nunn to Meet With Obama (Politico)
Points of Light Foundation CEO Michelle Nunn, who will likely run for U.S. Senate, will be joining President Obama at the White House this week to hand out the 5,000th Daily Point of Light Award.

 

CHALLENGES

Nonprofits Need to Denounce Bad Fundraising Practices (The Chronicle of Philanthropy)
A thoughtful essay from a D.C.-based nonprofit director considering the responsibility of sector leaders in the face of reports like the Tampa Bay Times/CNN/Center for Investigative Reporting series “America’s 50 Worst Charities.”

Learning From Other’s Mistakes (The Nonprofit Center at La Salle University)
A Ph.D. draws universal lessons from the cautionary tale of Big Brothers Big Sisters, who recently had their federal funding frozen due to three seemingly serious infractions: “a story of one [error] that has the potential to take many of us down.”

Paula Deen Debacle Slows Launch of New The Bag Lady Foundation (Philanthropy Journal)
Over the past few weeks, the southern chef’s legal troubles have led to a very public media meltdown, and Deen’s dismissal from a big handful of corporate spokesperson gigs. One victim of the fallout: Deen’s new philanthropic endeavor, meant to benefit at-risk women.

 

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

12 Steps to Make Your Multichannel Campaign Stand Out (Philanthropy Front and Center / Foundation Center)
The VP of national marketing-for-NPs firm Big Duck outlines a plan for running a cohesive campaign across multiple platforms. First three steps: find a relevant, timely subject; ID your most urgent objectives; and come up with a single story to tell through different channels.

 

FUNDRAISING

Seven Ways to Tune Up Your Fundraising This Summer (Big Duck)
A good mix of new-media tips (“Test your donation landing pages and thank you’s”) and old-fashioned prep-work (“Practice good list hygiene”) in this helpful summer checklist from author and Big Duck founder Sarah Durham.

Six Fundraising Tools that Leverage the Power of Facebook (Inspiring Generosity / Razoo)
John Haydon provides a quick-and-dirty overview of six Facebook apps (including, of course, Razoo) designed to make online fundraising efforts more social, more frictionless, and more mobile.

 

MILLENIALS

The Future of Your Nonprofit Organization and Why You Need to Join This Conversation (The Case Foundation)
Millennial engagement expert Derrick Feldmann discusses the importance of the under-30 crowd, drawing from his research on the recently-released Millennial Impact Report and his book Cause for Change: The Why and How of Nonprofit Millennial Engagement.

Millenials Challenge Status Quo by Redefining Charity Within the Sector (Philanthropy Journal)
Already a sector vet at age 30, the founder of Activate Good lists three ways her generation is changing the sector, and three things you can do to bring them aboard and keep them involved.

 

TECHNOLOGY

Nonprofit Trends: Technology and Transformational Change (Huffington Post)
The president/CEO of nonprofit services provider Blackbaud looks at the promise of mobile technology: not only are there more mobile subscriptions in the U.S. (321 million) than there are people, his company’s latest State of the Nonprofit Industry report says mobile technology use for NPs will double this year.

Crowdfunding 2.0: What Will It Look Like? (Dowser)
The creator of a new, next-generation crowdfunding platform called GOODFRUIT discusses the future of the online funding scheme that’s still in its infancy.

 

VOLUNTEERISM

With a New Recommendations Engine, Volunteering Becomes More Local and More Personal (Engaging Volunteers / VolunteerMatch)
7 million matches in, the online volunteer management site introduces a new recommendation system to go with revamped donor profiles, making the volunteer opportunity search “easier and more compelling.”

 

ON GCN.org

New Case Studies Highlight High-Impact Leadership from Eight Atlanta Nonprofits (GCN)
GCN and The Home Depot Foundation partnered to award the 2013 Nonprofit IMPACT Awards.  Winners and runners-up are featured in the case study PDF document, available for download on the GCN website.

Findings Friday | State Budget Breakdown (GCN)
Georgia's $37.2 billion budget went into effect on July 1.  We provided a snapshot of implications for our sector and our constituents.

 

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