Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Picks of the Week: September 1 - 7, 2013

Website of the Week -- National Center for Family Philanthropy
The National Center for Family Philanthropy is dedicated exclusively to families who give and those that work with them. The National Center provides the research, expertise, and learning opportunities necessary to inspire a national network of giving families every step of the way on their philanthropic journey. Families learn how to transform their values into effective giving to achieve positive and enduring impact on the communities they serve. Activities include:
  • Conducting groundbreaking research studies on multi-generational giving, the motivations of donors, the role of the estate planner/advisor in giving, the practices of family foundations, and the capacity of community foundations to meet donor needs
  • Provision of workshops, speeches and monthly teleconferences to networks of donors, individual donors, and advisors wherever they are located
  • Publication of the most widely read e-newsletter for donor families and their advisors, Family Giving News
For more information, go to: http://www.ncfp.org

Publication of the Week --  Content Marketing for Nonprofits: A Communications Map for Engaging Your Community, Becoming a Favorite Cause, and Raising More Money by Kivi Leroux Miller
From the publisher: Nonprofits are communicating more often and in more ways than ever before, but is anyone paying attention? In her follow-up to The Nonprofit Marketing Guide: High-Impact, Low-Cost Ways to Build Support for Your Good Cause, Kivi Leroux Miller shows you how to design and implement a content marketing strategy that will attract people to your cause, rather than begging for their attention or interrupting them with your communications. You'll learn how to plan, create, share, and manage relevant and valuable content that inspires and motivates people to support your nonprofit in many different ways. Inside you'll find the following:
  • Eye-opening look at how nonprofit marketing and fundraising is changing, and the perils of not quickly adapting
  • Up-to-date guidance on communicating in a fast-paced, multichannel world
  • How to make big-picture strategic decisions about your content, followed by pragmatic and doable tactics on everything from editorial calendars to repurposing content
  • Real-world examples from 100+ nonprofits of all sizes and missions
Click to previewthis book on Amazon.com
Kivi Leroux Miller

Trend of the Week --  Community Service Requirements May Reduce Volunteering Later
New research suggests that making community service a requirement for high school graduation may reduce volunteering among older students. According to a study, which was published in the Economics of Education Review, Maryland's state-wide requirement that students complete seventy-five hours of service learning before graduation led to significant increases in volunteering among eighth-grade students — generally in school-organized activities — but reduced volunteering rates among older students, raising the possibility of lower volunteering rates over the long term. Based on data from a nationally representative survey of eighth-, tenth-, and twelfth-graders, the report found that before the requirement was implemented in 1993, the percentage of high school seniors in Maryland engaged in service activities was 7.8 percentage points higher than the national average. By contrast, between 1997 and 2011, after the service requirement went into effect, the percentage was 9.2 points to 17.4 points lower than the national average, which rose over the same period. R. Scott Pfeifer, executive director of the Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals, cautioned that the study's findings may under represent less obvious volunteer activities among older students. For more information, go to: http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/news/story.jhtml?id=435000017

Resource of the Week –  Three Toolkits from the Kellogg Foundation
The Kellogg Foundation has developed three toolkits for nonprofits. The Communications and Marketing Kit is designed to help non-profit organizations use communications to achieve their social change goals. The Evaluation Toolkit is designed for nonprofits seeking to design an effective, useful evaluation. The Policy Toolkit has been designed to support nonprofits and grassroots organizations in understanding the role of policy at all levels of government - local, state and national, and more importantly, prepare them for engagement in the policy process. This web-based handbook features the policy process and principles, guiding questions to help translate and understand the process and principles, as well as case stories to illustrate key ideas. Go to: http://www.wkkf.org/knowledge-center/publications-and-resources.aspx . Links to the guides are located under " Most Popular Downloads" in the right margin of the webpage.

Tech Tip of the Week -- Creating a PowerPoint Presentation Using Word 2007/2010

To use a Word document to create a PowerPoint presentation
  • Format the document using Word heading styles
  • PowerPoint uses the heading styles in your Word document to set up the slides in a presentation  ̶  each Heading 1 becomes the title of a new slide, and each Heading 2 becomes the first level of text
  • You must apply a heading format to the text you want to include in a slide
  • You can manually insert heading styles or create a document using Word outline
To create a Word Outline
  • Click the View menu
  • Click Outline in the Document Views group
  • Type your outline using Tab to add subheadings (promote)
  • Press Shift Tab to decrease the indent (demote)
  • You can also use the Promote and Demote buttons on the Ribbon
  • Save your outline
To Insert Outline Text from Word into PowerPoint
  • In PowerPoint, click the Outline tab in the left pane
  • Click the Home tab of the Ribbon
  • In the Slides group, click the arrow next to New Slide
  • Click Slides from Outline

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