Monday, November 12, 2012

Picks of the Week: November 11 - 17, 2012

Website of the Week --  VCG Governance Matters
VCG Governance Matters (Volunteer Consulting Group) is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1969 by the Harvard Business School Club of Greater New York, whose mission focuses on strengthening nonprofit organizations by increasing the governing and management ability of their Boards of Directors ( VCG's special focus is bringing together boards needing new members-and individuals who wish to serve-across boundaries of skill, ethnicity, age and geography. Services that VCG provides to strengthen the governance of the nonprofit sector include: (1) Matching Board members and Boards. (2) Working to make Boards more effective. (3) Continually upgrading the skills of current Board members. Through Governance Matters ( VCG offers several services for those interested in ongoing developments in nonprofit governance. Through advocacy, peer-learning roundtables and workshops, and educational resources -- such as the website -- Governance Matters fosters an open exchange of ideas throughout the nonprofit sector. Go to:

Publication of the Week --  The Jossey-Bass Handbook of Nonprofit Leadership and Management, 3rd Edition edited by David O. Renz
From the publisher: This is the Third Edition of the bestselling nonprofit management reference and text called the "big green book." Based on updated research, theory, and experience, this comprehensive edition offers practical advice on managing nonprofit organizations and addresses key aspects such as board development, strategic planning, lobbying, marketing, fundraising, volunteer management, financial management, risk management, and compensation and benefits. New chapters cover developments in such areas as social entrepreneurship, financial leadership and capital structure, accountability and transparency, and the changing political-legal climate. It includes an instructor's manual.

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Trend of the Week – High Net Worth Philanthropy
The 2012 Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy examines the giving patterns, priorities, and attitudes of America’s wealthiest households for the year 2011. This study reveals consistent trends in the giving and volunteering behaviors of high net worth individuals and households from previous years, as well as departures from past trends. The vast majority (95.4 percent) of high net worth households continued to give to charity in 2011. Although the findings show a 3 percentage point decline in the rate of giving by these households from 2009, a growing proportion of high net worth individuals volunteered their time in 2011 (88.5 percent compared with 78.7 percent in 2009). More than one-third of these volunteers gave 200 hours or more of their time in 2011. High net worth donors have become more intentional about their giving in recent years. In 2011, the majority of these donors relied on a strategy to guide their giving and focused their giving on particular causes or geographical areas. In addition, compared with 2009, fewer high net worth donors gave spontaneously in response to a need and a greater proportion funded nonprofit general operations. To download the report, go to:

Resource of the Week –  Speak For Yourself: Nonprofit Public Policy Toolkit
The Colorado Nonprofit Association has created a free toolkit for nonprofits’ advocacy efforts. The toolkit provides information about what 501(c)(3)s can do as far as legislative and media advocacy and voter engagement activities and pointers for how to effectively work with public officials and the media. Go to:

Tech Tip of the Week -- Long Text Entries in Excel 2007/2010
To break a long text entry into separate lines, position the insertion point in the cell entry or on the Formula bar where you want the new line to start and press Alt + Enter. Excel expands the row containing the cell when it starts a new line. Excel automatically wraps the text in the cell when you press Enter to complete the entry, according to the cell's column width and the position of the line break.  
Here is another method for dealing with long text entries in Excel 2007/2010:
·        Select the cell containing the long text entry
·        Click the Home tab on the Ribbon
·        In the Alignment group, click the Wrap Text button

Or you can right click the text entry and:
·        Select Format Cells from the shortcut menu
·        Click the Alignment tab
·        Click to select the Wrap text option

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