Tools to create the future you envision!     

What's New?


 | About Us | Contact Us | Site Map |     



Weekly Picks

Cool Websites
Key Trends
Useful Resources
Tech Tips
Picks Archives

Bookmark and Share

What's New?

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:  December 14 - 20, 2014

Website of the Week

Partnership for Philanthropic Planning

Originally created in 1988 as the National Committee on Planned Giving (NCPG), the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning (PPP) is a 501(c)(3) public charity whose mission is to help people and organizations create charitable giving experiences that are the most meaningful in achieving both charitable mission and the philanthropic, financial, family and personal goals of the donor. PPP achieves its mission through research, education, advocacy, community dialogue and the setting of standards and best practices in philanthropic planning. The Partnership strives to engage all constituents in the charitable gift planning process: planned giving and major gifts professionals, nonprofit managers and trustees, financial and estate planners, trust managers and administrators. PPP helps maximize the value of charitable giving for nonprofit organizations and donors by helping fundraising professionals provide the most meaningful charitable giving experience for donors; helping financial planning professionals provide their clients with excellent advice on charitable giving and estate planning; and helping nonprofit managers and trustees better accomplish the missions of their organizations through meaningful philanthropic planning. Go to:

Publication of the Week

Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger

From the publisher: What makes things popular? Why do people talk about certain products and ideas more than others? Why are some stories and rumors more infectious? And what makes online content go viral? If you said advertising, think again. People don’t listen to advertisements, they listen to their peers. But why do people talk about certain products and ideas more than others? Why are some stories and rumors more infectious? And what makes online content go viral? Wharton marketing professor Jonah Berger has spent the last decade answering these questions. He’s studied why New York Times articles make the paper’s own Most E-mailed List, why products get word of mouth, and how social influence shapes everything from the cars we buy to the clothes we wear to the names we give our children. In this book, Berger reveals the science behind word-of-mouth and social transmission. Discover how six basic principles drive all sorts of things to become contagious, from consumer products and policy initiatives to workplace rumors and YouTube videos. Contagious combines groundbreaking research with powerful stories. If you’ve wondered why certain stories get shared, e-mails get forwarded, or videos go viral, Contagious explains why, and shows how to leverage these concepts to craft contagious content. This book provides a set of specific, actionable techniques for helping information spread—for designing messages, advertisements, and information that people will share.

Click to preview this book on

Trend of the Week

Growing Racial Disparity in Wealth

The Great Recession, fueled by the crises in the housing and financial markets, was universally hard on the net worth of American families. But even as the economic recovery has begun to mend asset prices, not all households have benefited alike, and wealth inequality has widened along racial and ethnic lines. The wealth of white households was 13 times the median wealth of black households in 2013, compared with eight times the wealth in 2010, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of data from the Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer Finances. Likewise, the wealth of white households is now more than 10 times the wealth of Hispanic households, compared with nine times the wealth in 2010. The current gap between blacks and whites has reached its highest point since 1989, when whites had 17 times the wealth of black households. The current white-to-Hispanic wealth ratio has reached a level not seen since 2001. For more information, go to:

Resource of the Week

Social Impact Assessment Portal

From McKinsey & Co.: Funders, social investors, nonprofits, and social enterprises are united by a common goal: social change. To reach this goal, the social sector must identify what approaches work — and why. Social impact assessment helps organizations to plan better, implement more effectively, and successfully bring initiatives to scale. The goal of social impact assessment is to drive improvements that increase the value of programs to the people they serve. Assessment also facilitates accountability, supports stakeholder communication, and helps guide the allocation of scarce resources. McKinsey has developed an online workbook to help you plan a Learning Driven Assessment. Created for leaders charged with determining the effectiveness of social-sector programs, this workbook is designed to support discussions between program and evaluation colleagues. This workbook helps structure an interactive, iterative process for a team of stakeholders. The process will occur over a period of weeks or even months. Is is suggested that you engage experts on assessment to help finalize and implement the Learning Driven Assessment plan you design using this workbook.  To access the workbook, go to:

Tech Tip of the Week

Recolor a Picture or Change the Color or Transparency

In PowerPoint 2010 you can recolor a picture, adjust the color saturation and tone, and more! Here's how:

bullet Select the picture you want to recolor
bullet Click the Picture Tools Format tab on the Ribbon
bullet In the Adjust group, click Color
bullet Select one of the many options, for example:


This tip works in PowerPoint, Word and Excel 2010.

"Change is hard because people overestimate the value of what they have — and underestimate the value of what they may gain by giving that up." James Belasco and Ralph Stayer  View Past Quotes

© 2014 Creative Information Systems 

 In Association with

Revised: December 15, 2014