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Weekend Link Roundup (September 4 - 5, 2010)

September 05, 2010

Labor-day Our weekly roundup of new and noteworthy posts from and about the nonprofit sector....


On her Getting Attention blog, Nancy Schwartz counsels nonprofits who want to increase their engagement with supporters to give supporters a "chance to go beyond -- whether behind the scenes, after the show, or standing in the shoes of."

"Many...nonprofits describe themselves in dull, bloodless, jargon-laden deadweight statements that will never move anyone to action," writes Future Fundraising Now blogger Jeff Brooks. Instead, says, Brooks, "Why not be lively, interesting, personable, and outward facing...[e]ven on your half-buried Web pages."

Disaster Relief

On the Nonprofit Blog at About.com, Joanne Fritz looks at a recent disaster giving survey which found that "people who never give to causes can be persuaded to give during an emergency; and that minorities are heavily involved in emergency giving."

Zoetica co-founder Geoff Livingston shares a few lessons from the CitizenGulf Day of Action, an effort launched by Zoetica and other organizations to assist families affected by the Deepwater Horizon spill.

Economic Development

On the Chronicle of Philanthropy site, Council on Foundation CEO Steve Gunderson looks at some of the tools organized philanthropy can use to help create jobs in a job-starved economy.

Nonprofit Management

On her new Money and Mission blog, the Nonprofit Finance Fund's Clara Miller deconstructs the myth of revenue diversification.


The Nonprofiteer explains why she's not impressed by the Giving Pledge, the campaign launched by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett to encourage the nation's billionaires to give at least half of their fortunes to charity. "Even the best-intentioned best-directed private donations are a way for moneyed people to work their will on the public, while the rest of us have nothing but the vote," she writes. "And when the level of contributions is discussed in fractions of $1B, it's no longer charity within a democracy: it's benevolent dictatorship...."

Social Media

The Case Foundation's Joshua Tabb has some advice for organizations looking to host a nonprofit video contest.

Social media expert Beth Kanter suggests that good data collection "is like going to the gym."

That's it for now. What did we miss? Drop us a line at rnm@foundationcenter.org and enjoy the long weekend!

-- Regina Mahone


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Philanthropy can take on so many different forms. It is interesting to see this round up you have pulled together.
Thought you might appreciate appreciate this cool time lapse video shot in an urban community in Toronto where Kia is working to drive change.

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