Monday, March 11, 2013

Picks of the Week: March 10 - 16, 2013

Website of the Week --  Institute for Women’s Policy Research
The Institute for Women’s Policy Research conducts rigorous research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women, promote public dialog, and strengthen families, communities, and societies. It is the leading think tank in the U.S. focusing primarily on domestic women’s issues. Founded in 1987, IWPR’s reports and other informational resources have informed policies and programs across the U.S., in each of its key program areas:
·         Employment, Education, & Economic Change - Employment and Job Quality, Economic Status of Women in the States , Pay Equity and Discrimination, Access to Higher Education, Unemployment and the Economy
·         Democracy & Society - The Status of Women and Girls, Immigration and Religion, Women in Unions, Women's Political Participation
·         Poverty, Welfare, & Income Security - Retirement and Social Security, Poverty, Katrina and the Gulf Coast, Welfare Reform
·         Work & Family - Early Care and Education, Family Leave and Paid Sick Days, Workplace Flexibility
·         Health & Safety - Women's access to health insurance, costs and benefits of preventative health services for women, costs of domestic violence

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Publication of the Week -- Writing to Make a Difference: 25 Powerful Techniques to Boost Your Community Impact by Dalya F. Massachi
From the publisher:  Whether you're an accidental or emerging writer or a seasoned wordsmith, this comprehensive resource will help you build and manage the invaluable skills behind writing values-driven copy. You will find advice on everything from advancing your brand to storytelling to minding the devilish details. Discover how to painlessly: - Write and edit a full spectrum of clear, concise, creative pieces that will reach and influence your diverse intended audiences - Streamline and strengthen your writing process-from planning to proofreading - Develop your own confident, expert writing voice Included in these pages you will find: - More than 500 real-life examples from nonprofits, green businesses, government agencies, and others - Hundreds of stimulating questions and exercises that help you apply the lessons to your own work - Numerous guide sheets, checklists, and handy appendices - Dozens of warnings about potential pitfalls ... all this delivered with a generous helping of fun illustrations, cultural references, and humor. If you've ever had trouble expressing your passion in writing, or telling your story in a fresh and compelling way, this powerhouse of a book is for you. Author Dalya F. Massachi, M.A., draws on her nearly 20 years of professional experience writing and editing for hundreds of socially responsible organizations.

Trend of the Week -- Impact of Economy on Giving Trends in U.S. Religious Congregations
Congregations whose clergy are aware of giving trends in their congregation and those with younger attendees were more likely to see positive fundraising results between the first half of 2011 and the first half of 2012, according to a new report from the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at the Indiana University School of Philanthropy. A new study examines the impact of the economic environment on a sample of U.S. congregations. This study was conducted by the Indiana University School of Philanthropy and Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at Indiana University School of Philanthropy, in partnership with the Alban Institute, the National Association of Church Business Administration (NACBA), Indianapolis Center for Congregations, and MAXIMUM Generosity. This study informs not only overall financial trends of surveyed congregations, but also how specific types of congregations talked about money and fared financially during the recession and its aftermath. Key findings include:

·         Nearly half of responding congregations reported budget increases for 2012 compared with 2011. Increases were likely to be allocated toward salaries, outreach programs, mission activities, and revenue-generating activities.
·         Two-thirds of congregations offer congregants some type of electronic giving. This allows for more consistent revenue than do traditional methods such as offerings during services. More than four in 10 respondents receive direct deposits from congregants; three in 10 receive checks or transfers from congregants’ online bank accounts. About 10 percent receive contributions through their website.
·         Nearly three-quarters of the congregations have an annual stewardship or pledge campaign (72 percent); slightly more than half (53 percent) have an endowment.
·         About one-third (36 percent) of responding congregations offer specific courses, workshops, classes or seminars on personal finance or charitable giving.

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Resource of the Week –  Nonprofit Collaboration Database
Maintained by the Foundation Center, a national organization connecting nonprofits and grantmakers to resources, the Nonprofit Collaboration Database offers real-world examples of nonprofit collaborations. Nearly 700 nationwide models have already been submitted and the database receives 2,000 visits a month. The database has been organized so that you can search for information from a variety of access points allowing you to customize your search a variety of ways. For example, you can find all mergers among arts and culture organizations, or all administrative consolidations in Ohio and Arizona, or only those joint programming collaborations among state health organizations that were initiated by funders. The ability to search by multiple criteria, including key words, provides the opportunity to explore the database using factors that are most relevant to your needs. To learn more, go to:

Tech Tip of the Week -- Change Heading Styles in Word
To quickly change a heading style in Word, click in the line containing the heading and use these keyboard shortcuts:
·         Ctrl + Alt + 1 to apply Heading 1 style to current paragraph
·         Ctrl + Alt + 2 to apply Heading 2 style to current paragraph
·         Ctrl + Alt + 3 to apply Heading 3 style to current paragraph

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

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