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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 26 - August 1, 2015

Website of the Week

Nonprofit VOTE

Founded in 2005, Nonprofit VOTE partners with America's nonprofits to help the people they serve participate and vote. The organization is a leading source of nonpartisan resources to help nonprofits integrate voter engagement into their ongoing activities and services. Nonprofit VOTE's goals include:


Providing high quality resources for nonprofits and social service agencies to help them incorporate voter engagement activities into to their ongoing work.


Building lasting capacity for nonpartisan, nonprofit voter participation.


Promoting sustained increases in voter participation, especially among voters new to the process or with a recent history of lower participation.


Engaging voters where they gather to work, learn, advocate and receive services.


Broadening support for the revitalization of democracy and election reforms; and


Strengthening the nonprofit sector and encouraging new civic leadership.

Nonprofit VOTE partners with state nonprofit associations, national service provider networks, foundations and other nonprofit conveners. We provide partners with programmatic support as well as access to our online resources, free printed materials and other voter engagement resources. Go to: www.nonprofitvote.org

Publication of the Week

Integrated Talent Management Scorecards by Lynn Schmidt and Toni Hodges DeTuncq

From the publisher: Demonstrate the impact of talent management. The term integrated talent management has been in vogue for about eight years, yet organizations are still trying to understand how to best integrate talent management functions to achieve business results. DeTuncq and Schmidt use case studies from 17 different organizations to provide techniques you need.

bullet Design and implement various talent management initiatives that will benefit business.
bullet Measure, evaluate, and demonstrate the impact of talent management initiatives at both a functional and organizational level.
bullet Benefit from the insights of world-class organizations.

 Dr. Lynn Schmidt has twenty-six years of experience as a talent management and organization development leader in large corporations.  Lynn has extensive experience with evaluating the impact of talent management initiatives on the bottom-line.  She has received her certification in ROI evaluation, served as the Chairperson of the ASTD ROI Network Advisory Committee for two years, and was a recipient of the ROI Practitioner of the Year Award.  Toni Hodges DeTuncq is President of THD & Company Inc. For the past 20 years, she has concentrated on measuring and managing human performance. Her work has included the development of individual assessment tools as well as large organizational tracking tools, all aimed at measuring the performance and monetary value of human resource and systems intervention programs.

Click to preview this book on Amazon.com

Trend of the Week

Increase in Poverty Among Children

The 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book reports that 14% of children 10.1 million total are now living in areas of concentrated poverty.  These numbers represent an unsettling trend: An increase of nearly 4 million more children living in high-poverty areas since 2000. State-by-state, the percentage of children living in high poverty varies widely. For instance: Just 1% of children in Vermont live in areas of concentrated poverty. In Mississippi, this rate hits 27%. The KIDS COUNT Data Book also reveals that black, American Indian and Latino children are much more likely to live in high-poverty areas relative to peers from other racial and ethnic groups. According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, this is huge because research tells us that:  


Compared to children living in wealthier areas, children growing up in high-poverty neighborhoods are much less likely to have access to high-quality schools and safe places to play that can help them thrive.


Concentrated poverty puts whole neighborhoods at risk. Relative to their more affluent counterparts, high-poverty communities are much more likely to have high rates of crime and violence, unemployment and other problems.

For more information and to download the 2015 Kids Count Databook, go to: www.aecf.org

Resource of the Week

Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice

The Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice outlines 33 principles of sound practice for charitable organizations and foundations related to legal compliance and public disclosure, effective governance, financial oversight, and responsible fundraising. The Principles should be considered by every charitable organization as a guide for strengthening its effectiveness and accountability. The Principles were developed by the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector in 2007 and updated in 2015 to reflect new circumstances in which the charitable sector functions, and new relationships within and between the sectors. To download a PDF summary of the 33 principles, go to: www.independentsector.org

Tech Tip of the Week

PowerPoint 2010: Presentations that Pop

This manual is just one of many excellent resources which can be downloaded for free from Tufts University Information Technology Training and Documentation Department. Following are the topics covered:

bullet Use the Slide Master to manage the different aspects of multiple slides in a single presentation
bullet Insert (embed or link) charts into a presentation
bullet Add a video to a presentation
bullet Embed a video from a web site such as YouTube into a presentation
bullet Add a sound file to a presentation
bullet Share slides between presentations
bullet Use built-in PowerPoint tools to position elements on a slide
bullet Create hyperlinks in a presentation
bullet Create a custom slide show
bullet Apply techniques to enhance your presentation skills
bullet Annotate slides during a presentation

To download this document, go to Presentations that Pop

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