[News] Change is Constant

Change is uncomfortable, can seem unending, doesn’t always seem to have a purpose and doesn’t always lead us in a direction we much feel like going in the moment. But it is constant.

About three years I was overloaded by all the new technology I’d been learning. Web development, online training platforms, new ways to manage social media and automated communications. I decided to intentionally withdraw from learning new technology for a period that lasted about 3 or 4 months. I’m still not caught up from that break! But I’ve learned to be okay with that. I don’t need to know everything about every new technology or social media platform that comes out, but I should be aware of them.

A few of this week’s articles focus on change: one on making sure we’re looking at both leadership development and change management if we want to be successful; another on not-so-new events, or hakathons, that aim to solve specific problems; and another on a movement to change the amount of data about nonprofits (just in California so far) they are required to provide to the state.

Do you have ways to stay up-to-date on changes in the nonprofit sector? Scroll down and you’ll see a full list of articles and posts to help stay up-to-date on trends and topics facing the nonprofit world.

Thanks for all you do to make the world a better place!



Meet the New 'TEDx' of Social ActionMeet the New ‘TEDx’ of Social Action @Entrepreneur

TOM is a 72-hour event that brings coders, developers, engineers and doctors together with individuals with disabilities. The mission is to solve the everyday issues that the latter group faces, using new assistive technologies. In just three days, 10 to 20 projects are completed by 150 people, as this video demonstrates. And they’re planning on ramping this up to more events and expanding to solve different problems. Is a model like this a potential resource for nonprofits? Or will they turn into competition?

Change Management and Leadership Development Have to MeshChange Management and Leadership Development Have to Mesh @HarvardBiz

Leadership development and change management tend to be top priorities for many organizations. In spite of this, a majority of organizations tend to fall far short of their goals for both. One major reason organizations struggle is because they treat both leadership development and change management as separate rather than interrelated challenges. Cultural changes cannot happen without leadership, and efforts to change culture are the crucible in which leadership is developed.

Nonprofits Lose Donor Confidentiality Appeal – The NonProfit Times @NonProfitTimesNonprofits Lose Donor Confidentiality Appeal - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times

A California appeals court overturned a lower court ruling that blocked the state attorney general from gaining access to the names of major donors to nonprofits.

The Americans For Prosperity Foundation (APF) and Thomas More Law Center (TMLC) both challenged the collection of Schedule B of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form 990 by the California Attorney General’s Office Registry of Charitable Trusts. Schedule B is required to be collected by the IRS but not made public and identifies donors who contribute $5,000 or more to an organization.

Only 8% of Leaders Are Good at Both Strategy and ExecutionOnly 8% of Leaders Are Good at Both Strategy and Execution @HarvardBiz

In a 2013 survey of nearly 700 executives across a variety of industries, our firm asked respondents to rate the effectiveness of the top leaders of their companies. How many excelled at strategy? How many excelled at execution? The results are shown in the chart below. These responses are sobering: Only 16% of top leaders were rated very effective at either strategy or execution. Only 8% were very effective at both, while 63% were rated neutral or worse on at least one dimension.

Fundraising Planning

How to predict what you’ll raise this year - Get Fully FundedHow to predict what you’ll raise this year – Get Fully Funded @SandyRees

Wouldn’t you love a crystal ball that you could gaze into and see just what the future holds?
You’d know how to make the best choices. Which paths to take. What to say “no” to.

Sooooo, if you HAD a crystal ball, would you want to know how much money you’ll raise this year? In this post, Sandy Rees shares some ideas to help you predict that…

Creating Audience Personas for Your NonprofitCreating Audience Personas for Your Nonprofit @wiredimpact

Audience personas make the people you’re targeting real. They help you identify the needs and interests of your top groups. After you’ve decided on a handful of target audiences (based on your nonprofit’s goals), you’ll need to determine how best to reach these people.

Building personas for each of these groups helps you match your perspective with their’s. You’re able to put yourself in their shoes and get a real understanding of what matters to them. Essentially, audience personas help you narrow your focus to the interests of a specific group, which makes developing targeted marketing campaigns much, much easier.


How to Earn Free Press for Your Business When You Have No ConnectionsHow to Earn Free Press for Your Business When You Have No Connections @HubSpot

Jim Collins, author of Good to Great, uses a concept called “the Flywheel Effect” to describe the effort it takes to build momentum for something. While the wheel is heavy and difficult to push, once you get it going, it will begin to turn itself.

In terms of press, each feature that you receive will build the likelihood that you will receive more features in the future.

The 2016 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report [Infographic] | Kivi's Nonprofit Communications BlogThe 2016 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report [Infographic] | Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog @kivilm

Here’s the 2016 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report Infographic. Includes information on staffing, potential conflicts and frequency of communication…


Fundraising Tactics

The Reason You Shouldn't Like Your Donor MessageThe Reason You Shouldn’t Like Your Donor Message @NPhub

This happens because when you practice self-centric fundraising, or what appeals to you as the fundraiser, you lose the emotion. That’s because your initial emotional connection to the cause has become more sophisticated and educated as you have worked more and more for the nonprofit.

For example, you may want to talk about global hunger as “food insecurity” after working in the field. A donor would not understand this term. In addition, you don’t focus on the donors because you are proud of your organization’s work and want to detail its merits…

6 Quick, Cheap and Easy Ways to Delight Your Donors6 Quick, Cheap and Easy Ways to Delight Your Donors @bloomerangTech

Appeals and formal acknowledgements don’t have to be your only contact with donors. Leave room for stewardship!


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