Monday, October 8, 2012

Picks of the Week: October 7-13, 2012

Website of the Week -- The Bridgespan Group Re-Launched
The Bridgespan Group has announced the re-launch of its Web site,. The site will feature the same top quality strategy content as always but will be adding more on leadership and philanthropy, increasing our interactive capabilities, hosting more events and increasing associated blog output. Bridgespan is combining two of its sites, and, to provide more of a “one stop shop” so that sector leaders have access our job board, case studies, white papers, diagnostic tools and to talent, and more leadership development content all in one place. The site also serves as a resource for members of the media covering these issue. The Bridgespan Group ( is a nonprofit advisor and resource for mission-driven organizations and philanthropists. Services include strategy consulting, executive search, and leadership development, philanthropy advising, and developing and sharing practical insights Go to:

Publication of the Week -- Fundraising and the Next Generation, + Website: Tools for Engaging the Next Generation of Philanthropists by Emily Davis
From the publisher:  Fundraising and the Next Generation brings readers up to date on cases, research, opportunities, and challenges regarding philanthropy's next generation. Readers will learn practical strategies for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of Gen X and Y philanthropists using new technologies and traditional tools. Fundraising and the Next Generation covers the behaviors, key characteristics, and approaches for working with philanthropists under the age of forty. In addition, other age cohorts will be discussed to provide perspective, comparison, and related strategies.  
·         Includes step-by-step tools for setting up next gen technology in your organization and engaging Gen X and Y as donors
·         Features a glossary of social media terms, a list of academic resources for development and professional advancement, and an assessment toolkit
·         Defines the key characteristics of the four current generations, their habits for charitable giving, and how every development office can successfully engage them in philanthropy
·         Provides a website with additional information beyond the book

Savvy fundraising leaders understand that successful and sustained philanthropy is not just an issue for today. Long-term planning and diversified strategies allow fundraisers to access every prospective contribution possible. Timely and relevant, Fundraising and the Next Generation brings readers up to date on cases, research, opportunities, and challenges regarding philanthropy's next generation.
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Trend of the Week – Report Calls for Renewed Focus on African American Men and Boys
Pointing to structural inequities in education, health systems, housing, employment and criminal justice, a new report from George Soros’ Open Society Foundations calls for a renewed commitment to African American men and boys on the part of philanthropy. Last year, Soros and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg each pledged $30 million to fund a New York City-based program aimed at improving life outcomes for men of color. Soros used the report’s release as an occasion to call other philanthropists to join him in similar funding strategies, such as the California Community Foundation’s focus on African American youth in the juvenile delinquency system. Key findings of the report, “Where Do We Go From Here? Philanthropic Support for Black Men and Boys,” include: 
·         Foundation funding explicitly designated to benefit black men and boys held steady in recent years, rising modestly from $22 million in 2008 to nearly $29 million in 2010.
·         Education was the top priority of grants explicitly in support of black males, receiving 40 percent of grant dollars.
·         Most foundation dollars explicitly targeting black men and boys provided program support (87 percent).
·         Recipient organizations in the South received the largest share (32 percent) of foundation dollars explicitly intended to benefit black males. The Northeast received 30 percent of funding.

To download the report, go to:

Resource of the Week – Guiding Principles and Practices for Nonprofits
Over the last several years, state associations of nonprofit organizations have embarked on a thoughtful process of identifying and recording the principles by which nonprofits in their state should operate. Some state associations have adapted principles developed in other states for use by the nonprofits in their own states. Others have developed not only principles of practice, but also workbooks for use in introducing and raising awareness among board and staff members about their state’s principles.  While there is no single standard of “best practices” that applies to all nonprofit organizations, these state by state efforts offer important resources to most nonprofits, regardless of location. The National Council of Nonprofits has gathered together in one place  such efforts by 19 state associations.  Go to:

Tech Tip of the Week -- Using the Windows SkyDrive in Office 2010
An amazing tool in Office 2010 is the SkyDrive. With the SkyDrive you can store documents in a central location -- the cloud --  and access them from wherever you are. To use the SkyDrive with Office 2010 you need a Windows Live ID. To Save a Document to the SkyDrive in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint:
·         Open the file you want to save
·         Click the File tab on the Ribbon
·         Click Save & Send in the left pane
·         Click Save to Web
·         Click Sign In, enter your Windows Live ID and password
·         Click OK

Your document is now saved to the SkyDrive and you can view and edit it from wherever you are or give others permission to view or edit it. This article from Microsoft Using Office Web Apps in SkyDrive can help you get started! Previous versions of Office require you to download an Add-in before you can use the SkyDrive feature.

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