Monday, January 14, 2013

Picks of the Week: January 13 - 19, 2013

Website of the Week --  Center for Community Change
The mission of the Center for Community Change is to build the power and capacity of low-income people, especially low-income people of color, to have a significant impact in improving their communities and the policies and institutions that affect their lives. The Center for Community Change strengthens, connects and mobilizes grassroots groups to enhance their leadership, voice and power. The Center believes that vibrant community-based organizations, led by the people most affected by social and economic injustice, are key to putting an end to the failed "on your own" mentality of the right and building a new politics based on community values. Founded in 1968 to honor the life and values of Robert F. Kennedy, the Center is one of the longest-standing champions for low-income people and communities of color. Together, Center staff and dynamic partners confront the vital issues of today and build the social movements of tomorrow. For more information, go to:

Publication of the Week -- Raising More with Less: An Essential Fundraising Guide for Nonprofit Professionals and Board Members by Amy Eisenstein
From the publisher:  Raising More with Less will take you step-by-step through creating or improving your nonprofit organization’s development program, whether you have no paid fundraising staff members or are fortunate enough to have one full-time staffer or more. It is written for the reader who is in (or will be creating) a small development shop with just one person or only a few to handle fundraising. Amy Eisenstein, MPA, CFRE is also the author of 50 A$ks in 50 Weeks: A Guide to Better Fundraising for Your Small Development Shop and is a contributing author to You and Your Nonprofit: Practical Advice and Tips from the CharityChannel Professional Community. This book is for you if you are any of these:
·         Just starting a career in fundraising.
·         An executive director or CEO of a nonprofit.
·         Responsible for an organization that has limited or no history or experience with fundraising.
·         A board member or other volunteer who has been charged with the responsibility of leading fundraising efforts.
·         Are a seasoned fundraising professional and want to brush up on the basics and get some new ideas.
·         Have become stale and want to become reenergized and reinvigorated about fundraising.

Trend of the Week – Real Time Charitable Giving
Charitable donations from mobile phones have grown more common in recent years. Two thirds (64%) of American adults now use text messaging, and 9% have texted a charitable donation from their mobile phone. And these text donors are emerging as a new cohort of charitable givers. The first-ever, in-depth study on mobile donors—which analyzed the “Text to Haiti” campaign after the 2010 earthquake—finds that these contributions were often spur-of-the-moment decisions that spread virally through friend networks. Three quarters of these donors (73%) contributed using their phones on the same day they heard about the campaign, and a similar number (76%) say that they typically make text message donations without conducting much in-depth research beforehand. Yet while their initial contribution often involved little deliberation, 43% of these donors encouraged their friends or family members to give to the campaign as well. In addition, a majority of those surveyed (56%) have continued to give to more recent disaster relief efforts—such as the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan—using their mobile phones. These are among the findings of a new study produced by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project and Harvard’s Berkman Center for the Internet & Society, in partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the mGive Foundation. To access the study, go to:

Resource of the Week – Nonprofit Organization Board and Staff Training for Nonprofit and Faith-Based Organizations
This comprehensive curriculum, developed by the Southern Rural Development Center, addresses the higher standards of responsibility and accountability of nonprofit boards. It  outlines the typical duties and responsibilities of officers of the organization, board members, organization staff and individuals responsible for volunteer supervision and more. The curriculum also addresses the importance of and methods for building positive board-staff, board-board chair, board-chair and staff and staff-volunteer relations. It touches on guidelines for dealing with fragmented boards and apathetic boards. The curriculum also includes workshop materials. To download the 348 page curriculum, go to:

Tech Tip of the Week -- Calculate the Days, Months or Years between Dates in Excel
Use the DatedIf function to calculate the interval between dates in Excel. Here's how:

·         Enter the function into a cell

=DATEDIF ( start_date , end_date, unit )

·         For example, to calculate the number of months between two dates, if the start date is in cell D2 and the end date is in cell E2 you could enter this formula into cell F2:

To learn more about this function, go to to the Microsoft website or watch a YouTube video.

This tip works in Excel 2007 and 2010, as well as earlier versions.

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