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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: April 19 - 25, 2015

Website of the Week


WomenOnCall is a unique, online network created to connect professional women with meaningful causes and relevant skills-based volunteer opportunities. WomenOnCall provides women with an easy, yet powerful and impactful way, to give back and add significant value by sharing their experience and skills with nonprofits looking to fill a specific need. WomenOnCall aligns the skills, expertise and interests of highly-qualified volunteers with short-term, high-impact projects at trusted nonprofit organizations. Through on-site and virtual volunteer opportunities that require 10 hours of service or less, WomenOnCall members provide skills-based service to further advance an organization’s mission and improve their bottom line. . In addition, many of the volunteer opportunities can be completed virtually–during a busy woman’s lunch hour or in the evening. Go to: www.womenoncall.org

Publication of the Week

How to Write Successful Fundraising Appeals by Mal Warwick

From the publisher: Now in a completely revised third edition, this classic book shows how to create winning appeals that will realize the full potential of direct mail and online fundraising. Written by fundraising guru Mal Warwick, with assistance from Eric Overman, this comprehensive resource gives nonprofit fundraising staff the information needed to write compelling fundraising appeals for any medium. If you follow Warwick's guidelines, your direct mail and online fundraising campaigns will produce better results, year after year. Written in an easy-to-read style, the book is filled with practical techniques, proven approaches, and illustrative examples of both successful and unsuccessful appeals based on the authors' wealth of experience fundraising for hundreds of nonprofits. Step-by-step and appeal by appeal, the book shows how to navigate the fundraising appeal process with ease. To meet the demands of today's socially connected donors, this new edition explains how to mesh today's online technologies with direct mail to produce optimal fundraising results. You'll learn how to use e-mail, websites, Facebook, Twitter, and mobile technology to recruit more donors and raise more money. The book includes current research on timely topics such as online vs. offline behavior, online giving statistics, demographics, and best practices in integrated fundraising. Includes sample letters, real world examples, style tips, new chapters on e-mail, websites, social media, and more...

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Trend of the Week

Foundation Support for Black Men and Boys Grows Sharply

Giving for causes benefiting black males more than doubled from 2010 to 2012, according to a new report. Quantifying Hope: Philanthropic Support for Black Men and Boys, released today by the Foundation Center and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, explores grant-making trends for major foundations from 2003 to 2012. In 2012, the latest year for which the data were available, 98 foundations made grants totaling $64.6 million specifically designed to benefit black men and boys, up from $40.4 million in 2011 and $28.6 million in 2010. Grants to charities that help ethnic minority males and economically disadvantaged males also increased during that time, a portion of which likely benefited black men. Philanthropy aimed at minority males has increased in recent years on a number of fronts. To generate more funding dedicated to the issue, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement recently spun off from Open Society Foundations as a separate organization. And in 2013, when more than 40 foundation leaders created the Executives’ Alliance, a group that looks for ways to expand opportunities for young minority males, the White House took note and launched My Brothers Keeper, an effort supported by a dozen foundations. Though education-related causes typically get the most support, an almost equal proportion of grants in 2012 went toward human-service and public-affairs causes related to black men. The Open Society Foundations, The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and Bloomberg Philanthropies gave the most grants designated for such causes in 2012. Half of the top 10 grant recipients are black-led organizations. The report notes that giving rates for supporting women and girls of color have consistently outpaced those of men, though that trend appears to be leveling off. In 2012, foundations awarded $125 million for activities supporting black women and girls. The full report can be downloaded for free at www.BMAfunders.org

Resource of the Week

Leadership and Race: How to Develop and Support Leadership that Contributes to Racial Justice

A new report released by the Leadership Learning Community and other thought leaders in the leadership development and racial equity fields, discuss how current approaches to leadership development actually maintain and promote racial inequalities. This is the first report to analyze the link between major philanthropy investments in the racial equity and leadership development fields. The report, How to Develop and Support Leadership that Contributes to Racial Justice, suggests that a large number of leadership programs associate leadership with equal opportunity and individualism. This thinking does not recognize that current systems (i.e. policy, culture and institutional practices) can cause racial identity to limit one’s access to life opportunities. It also focuses too narrowly on changing the behavior of individual leaders. Instead, leadership programs should: Make their programs more accessible for people of color;  Help participants understand how race limits access to opportunities – in other words, the impact of structural racism ; and, Promote collective leadership. This approach will help participants work together to tackle the systems that maintain racial inequalities. This report is the first in a series of publications, the Leadership for a New Era Series, launched by the Leadership Learning Community in 2009 to promote inclusive, networked and collective leadership approaches. To download this free report, go to: leadershiplearning.org

Tech Tip of the Week

Keep a Table Row from Breaking in Word 2007/2010

To keep a table row from breaking between pages in Word 2007/2010:

bullet Select the row you want to keep together on the same page
bullet Below the Table Tools tab on the Ribbon, click the Layout tab
bullet In the Table group, click Properties to open the Table Properties dialog box
bullet Click the Row tab
bullet Clear to de-select the Allow row to break across pages check box
bullet Click OK

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