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This site is updated regularly. Check here to see what's been added.  The Picks of the Week is the only nonprofit capacity building resource of its kind on the Web, offering recommendations in the following categories: Cool Websites, Publications, Key Trends, Useful Resources, and Tech Tips. Published weekly since 2004, the Picks of the Week are updated each Monday. To check out the full archive, go to: Picks Archives.

Picks of the Week:  October 26 - November 1, 2014

Website of the Week

Common Impact

Common Impact is a nonprofit organization that connects skilled professionals from global companies to high-potential local nonprofits. Common Impact 's employee engagement programs match employee-volunteers with nonprofits that need help overcoming key business challenges. This innovative approach to corporate community service enables companies to realize a positive return on their social investment while building stronger teams and developing employee skills. At the same time, this access to private sector talent enables nonprofits to amplify their impact on the constituents they serve. Ultimately, Common Impact 's work helps foster stronger communities wherever those companies operate. For more information, go to:

Publication of the Week

Asking Styles: Harness Your Personal Fundraising Power by Andrea Kihlstedt

From the publisher: In Asking Styles: Harness Your Personal Fundraising Power Andrea Kihlstedt shows us how to ask for gifts in a way that suits us best—according to key personality traits. Think about that. Even introverts can be extremely effective in asking for money. Kihlstedt identifies four Asking Styles (hence the title) that she calls Rainmakers, Go-Getters, Mission Controllers, and Kindred Spirits. Then she matches the person's Asking Style to the optimal approach for asking for a gift. It's a simple and fast-reading book, yet has the potential to transform the world of philanthropy by enabling each of us to dramatically improve our personal effectiveness in asking for money. This book is for you if you are any of these:


A professional in the field of fund development and want to dramatically step up your game.


A volunteer board member or other volunteer who wants to gain the confidence to ask for donations and the understanding of how to do so with maximum effectiveness.


A consultant who wants to coach board members and other volunteers.


Someone who simply wants to raise more money for your organization or cause.

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Trend of the Week

High Net Worth Donor Trends

A survey of high net worth investors reveals a common thread of uncertainty about the effectiveness of their donations. The latest issue of UBS Investor Watch yields surprising insights into why and how givers give—and how gender and age may shape their approach to philanthropy. Survey findings include:

Key findings include:


Virtually everyone gives—but very few believe their giving is effective. In the past year, nine out of ten millionaires have either volunteered or donated. But for many, “giving back” means writing checks—typically to an assortment of causes. Only one out of five givers considers their approach highly effective.


Women and men approach giving differently. Men are motivated by a sense of personal responsibility, while women are more likely to lead household decisions on giving, volunteer their time and donate to causes they're passionate about.


Millennials are redefining philanthropy. Contrary to fitting the stereotype of being lazy or self-centered, Millennials as a group are more engaged with philanthropy than their Boomer parents. They are also more intent on aligning investing, purchasing and career decisions with their core values. In fact, Millennials' behavior points to the future of philanthropy.


Thoughtful planning drives confidence in giving. The uncertainty about the effectiveness of giving is significantly lessened when people take a planned approach. By incorporating philanthropic strategies into their plans, they can optimize their giving and feel that it has greater impact. Although few people currently receive advice from their financial advisor about giving, those who do are much more satisfied with the impact of their giving.

To download the report, go to:

Resource of the Week

Free Download Library of Nonprofit Resources

Simone Joyaux, a well known author and consultant to the nonprofit sector has compiled an excellent collection of resources organized in the following categories: board development, fund development, other nonprofit resources, commentary/essays, and podcasts. To access these free downloadable resources, go to:

Tech Tip of the Week

Entering the Current Date in Word 2007/2010

bullet Click the Insert tab on the Ribbon
bullet In the Text group, click Date and Time
bullet Choose the desired date format
bullet If you want the date to be updated every time you open the document, turn on the “update automatically” check box
bullet Click on OK

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