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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:  July 27 - August 2, 2014

Website of the Week

FSG Social Impact Advisors

FSG Social Impact Advisors (FSG) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 1999 as the Foundation Strategy Group by Mark Kramer and Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter. FSG is dedicated to accelerating social progress by advancing the practice of philanthropy and corporate social responsibility in three ways:

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Consulting services on strategy and implementation, evaluation, organizational alignment, and corporate social responsibility that help individual foundations, corporations, and nonprofits increase their effectiveness and social impact.

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Breakthrough ideas are at the core of what FSG does, from original writing on the ways foundations can create value, to more recent work on evaluation, corporate social responsibility, and community foundation sustainability. FSG’s research and writing has appeared in such publications as Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

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Multi-year initiatives in collaboration with external partners, guided by expert advisory boards, and supported by major funders. The goal of such action initiatives is to advance the field by creating tools, identifying best practices, and fostering constructive collaboration to accelerate the pace of social progress.

Go to: www.fsg-impact.org
 

Publication of the Week

Connected for Good: A Gameplan for a Generous Life by John Stanley

From the publisher: The best kind of generosity is done with others, not for others. People of means and substance are growing weary of fundraising run by charity leaders who’ve adopted the tactics of professional salespeople. They’re looking for ways to make change that’s important to them, rather than just responding to an endless stream of appeals and campaigns. They may have been taught to donate and volunteer as part of their faith or family tradition, but they haven’t learned how to do so in a way that is effective and meaningful. In Connected for Good, John Stanley explores the Generosity Gaps—places where men and women hold back their giving. Stanley believes that we can act on our generous impulses to the full if we start from the heart’s desire for connection. Giving that involves personal relationship and engagement is then more satisfying and sustainable. Going beyond the traditional time, talent, and treasure, Stanley encourages giving from the full range of our renewable currencies:

bullet Giving in our relationships means practicing amazingly ordinary generosity with those close to us. It also means building bridges between people in our network for their benefit, not ours. Friends and family are a tremendous source of richness.
bullet Giving our strengths begins with the gift of presence and attention. We can then make sure that the charitable work we do draws on our skills and talents, making it more powerful for the organizations we serve and more enjoyable for ourselves.
bullet Giving our resources falls into proper perspective when we give relationships and strengths first. Our feet follow our money, and we also find creative ways to use our possessions, space, time, and assets.
bullet Finally, Stanley explores how to make use of the multiplier effect to greatly increase impact. You give something away and receive as much or more back in return. You give but your supply isn’t diminished. Building relationships, expanding strengths, and leveraging resources contributes to the multiplier effect, as does giving upstream to prevent problems at their source.

Click to preview this book on Amazon.com
 

Trend of the Week

State Rankings On Overall Child Well-Being

The KIDS COUNT Data Book is an annual publication that assesses child well-being nationally and across the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Using an index of 16 indicators, the 2014 report ranks states on overall child well-being and in four domains: (1) economic well-being, (2) education, (3) health, and (4) family and community. For 2014, the three highest-ranked states for child well-being were Massachusetts, Vermont and Iowa; the three lowest-ranked were Nevada, New Mexico and Mississippi. The report also provides national trends, comparing the latest data with mid-decade statistics. To download the report, go to: www.aecf.org
 

Resource of the Week

What's the Best Way to Raise Money?

If your fundraising efforts have you feeling constantly behind the curve, it's time to step back and lay the groundwork for a more sustainable approach. Looking for a good place to start? Check out the article "Just Tell Me: What's the Best Way to Raise Money? Choosing a Revenue Strategy" from Blue Avocado, which lays out why there's no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution to fulfilling an organization's funding needs. Go to: blueavocado.org
 

Tech Tip of the Week

Recording a Slide Show in PowerPoint 2010

Did you know you can record a Slide Show in PowerPoint 2010?  Here's how:

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Open the Slide Show you want to record

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Click the Slide Show tab on the Ribbon

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In the Set Up group click the Record Slide Show icon

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In the Record Slide Show dialog box, select what you want to record

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Click Start Recording
 


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