Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Picks of the Week: April 28 - May 4, 2013

Website of the Week --  Social Enterprise Alliance
The Social Enterprise Alliance is a membership organization devoted to building sustainable nonprofits through earned income strategies. The Alliance offers a network connecting entrepreneurial nonprofits with learning opportunities, technical assistance and resources to further their efforts. The members are predominantly nonprofit practitioners and grantmakers, but include technical consultants, for-profit businesses and academics as well. The Social Enterprise Alliance links nonprofit executives who have operated in isolation with an ongoing forum for addressing the needs and concerns of the enterprising nonprofit. Go to:

Publication of the Week -- The Ethics Challenge in Public Service: A Problem-Solving Guide Carol W. Lewis and Stuart C. Gilman
From the publisher: This thoroughly revised and updated third edition of The Ethics Challenge in Public Service is the classic ethics text used in public management programs nationwide. The book serves as a valuable resource for public managers who work in a world that presents numerous ethical challenges every day. It is filled with a wealth of practical tools and strategies that public managers can use when making ethical choices in the ambiguous and pressured world of public service. The book also contains new material on topics such as social networking, the use of apology, ethics as applied to public policy, working with elected officials, and more.
Trend of the Week -- Most Major Gifts Are Made Locally 
According to a new study from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, the majority of gifts of $1 million or more (60 percent) come from donors who live in the same state or geographic region as the nonprofit or foundation that receives the gift, the report finds. About half of all publicly announced gifts of this size (47 percent of the total number of gifts and 52 percent of the total dollar amount) come from donors living in the same state. In particular, health nonprofits, arts, culture and humanities organizations, higher education institutions, foundations and government agencies received more than half of their million-dollar-plus gifts from donors in the same state. About two-thirds of gifts of $1 million or more to these types of organizations were given by donors in their geographic region. Foundations and higher education institutions were the top two recipients of million-dollar-plus gifts between 2000 and 2011, with each receiving about one-third of the total dollar value of gifts at this level. The remaining dollars were relatively evenly split among the other types of organizations; no single subsector (apart from higher education and foundations) received more than 10 percent of publicly announced million-dollar-plus gifts. To download the study, go to:

Resource of the Week -- Resources for Volunteer Managers
Located on the website of, this resource area provides information on all aspects of volunteer management, including getting your organization ready to involve volunteers, volunteer screening, matching, record-keeping and evaluation, legal issues/risk management, volunteer/staff relations, online activism by volunteers, and volunteer management software. is a project of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs of the University of Texas at Austin. For the resource page, go to:

Tech Tip of the Week -- Adding Data Forms to the Excel 2010 Quick Access Toolbar
Those of you that enjoyed using the feature called Data Form in earlier versions of Excel may be unhappy when you can’t find it anywhere in the new 2007/2010 Ribbon interface.  But you CAN add it to the Quick Access Menu at the top of the Excel 2010 screen, and here’s how:
  • Click the File Tab in the upper left corner of the Excel 2010 Screen
  • Click the Options button at the bottom of the Office window to display the Excel Options dialog box
  • Click Quick Access Toolbar from the Options list
  • Select Commands Not in the Ribbon from the Choose commands from drop-down list
  • Select Form
  • Click Add and then OK
To use the Data Form click within the list range and click the Data Form button.

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