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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: June 28 - July 4, 2015

Website of the Week

Hispanics in Philanthropy

Founded in 1983 to promote stronger partnerships between organized philanthropy and Latino communities, Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) has developed into a transnational network of grantmakers committed to strengthening Latino communities across the Americas. As a membership organization, HIP seeks to share with funders the needs of the Latino community. To this end, the organization sponsor regional, national and international conferences and briefings, research and publications, professional development programs, as well as providing referrals for foundations seeking Latino staff and trustees. In addition, HIP seeks to increase resources for the Latino civil sector by leading a funding collaborative, which focuses foundation, corporate, government and individual dollars on supporting Latino nonprofits. Concentrating specifically on building the capacity of Latino nonprofits, the Funders' Collaborative for Strong Latino Communities further serves HIP’s mission of strengthening Latino leadership, while at the same time increasing awareness about Latino issues and stimulating dialogue about how to better serve the Latino community and Latin America. Check out the “Resources” link. Go to: www.hiponline.org

Publication of the Week

Train Your Board (and Everyone Else) to Raise Money: A Cookbook of Easy-to-Use Fundraising Exercises by Andrea Kihlstedt and Andy Robinson

From the publisher: Tapping an expert team of fundraising trainers across the U.S., Andrea Kihlstedt and Andy Robinson have produced an extraordinary how-to book of easy-to-use fundraising exercises for boards of all sizes. Some activities are as brief as 15 minutes, others require an hour. And everything you need to conduct any of the 51 exercises - step-by-step instructions, handouts, even questions to pose to participants - is included in the book. Andrea Kihlstedt is author of How to Raise $1 Million (or More!) in 10 Bite-Sized Steps, published by Emerson & Church. She has served the nonprofit sector for more than thirty years as a fundraiser, trainer, consultant, teacher, writer and speaker. She has trained nonprofit boards and staff throughout the U.S. on effective major gifts fundraising, capital campaigns, and how to ask for gifts. Andy Robinson provides training and consulting for nonprofits in fundraising, grantseeking, board development, marketing, earned income, planning, leadership development, and facilitation. Andy has worked with organizations in 47 U.S. states and Canada and is author of six books. His latest include How to Raise $500 to $5000 from Almost Anyone, The Board Member's Easier Than You Think Guide to Nonprofit Finances, and Great Boards for Small Groups, all published by Emerson & Church.

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Trend of the Week

Millennials Respond Better to Peers When Asked to Give

Peer-to-peer encouragement is key to boosting participation in workplace charity efforts among Millennials, according to a new study. Nearly half of the young people surveyed for the 2015 Millennial Impact Report said they were likely to donate if a coworker asked them to, while only a fifth said they’d probably do so at the request of their companies’ chief executives. Sixty-five percent of Millennials said they were more likely to volunteer if their coworkers participated, while 44 percent said they were more likely to if their supervisor participated. Appealing to the charitable instincts of Millennials — people born from 1980 to 2000 — is of increasing interest to organizations because of the generation’s interest in doing good. The report’s findings on young employees’ giving and volunteering behavior and attitudes are based on responses from 1,584 millennial employees and 1,004 managers nationwide.  To download the 2015 Millennial Impact Report, go to: fi.fudwaca.com

Resource of the Week

Ten Nonprofit Funding Models

While the “for profit” world has many universally known business models, the nonprofit arena is lacking common plans. In this study, Landes-Foster, Kim and Christiansen take a look at developing a series of ten funding models based on research of 144 large nonprofits with significant growth year over year. The intent was not to help choose which model each organization should use, but to inform and educate. They discuss the important distinction between business models and funding models and posit that while business models are generally developed and understood, especially by the for-profit sector, funding models have never been clearly articulated. By using these three parameters: source of funds, type of decision makers and the motivation of the decision makers, the authors came up with ten funding models grouped into categories defined by dominant type of funder (single funder, many individuals, government, corporations and a mix). They include a few questions with each model to help determine which is the best fit for an organization. Go to:www.ssireview.org

Tech Tip of the Week

Run PowerPoint 2010 Slide Show in a Window

Have you ever wanted to be able to run a PowerPoint slideshow in a window?  This can be done by adding a button to the Quick Access Toolbar.  Here’s how:


Click the File tab on the Ribbon


Click the Options button at the bottom


Click Quick Access Toolbar in the left pane


Under Choose commands from, select Commands Not in the Ribbon


Scroll down and select Slide Show in a Window


Click Add to add this button to the Quick Access Toolbar


Click OK

To run a slideshow in a window simply click this button on the Quick Access Toolbar PowerPoint_Slideshow_in_Win.jpg

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