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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:  March 29 - April 4, 2015

Website of the Week

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families by connecting child welfare, adoption, and related professionals as well as the public to information, resources, and tools covering topics on child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and more. A service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Gateway provides access to print and electronic publications, websites, databases, and online learning tools for improving child welfare practice, including resources that can be shared with families. Go to: www.childwelfare.gov

Publication of the Week

The Talent Development Platform: Putting People First in Social Change Organizations by Heather Carpenter and Tera Qualls

From the publisher: The Talent Development Platform is about results driven talent development for social change. Written by seasoned nonprofit experts, this book provides a holistic process for creating an in-house training and talent development program. The Talent Development Platform offers organizations the tools for ensuring their professional development systems are successful through regular feedback loops, tailored for learning styles, and specific to their organization. Detailed case studies provide insight into the strategies used by organizations that have implemented the Talent Development Platform, and interviews with experts in the field give readers a handle on the most current thinking. Robust resource guides facilitate the talent development process, and online access to the Talent Development Platform and assessments help streamline the workflow.

Social change organizations make the most of limited resources, but often overlook developing the talent they already have. This book gives readers a plan for finding and nurturing their internal talent to reduce turnover and improve organizational efficiency. More specifically the book helps organizations:


Develop organizational, department, and position specific competencies.


Create and revise job descriptions.


Assess staff and volunteer proficiency levels with created competencies.


Determine staff and volunteer learning styles.


Establish professional development goals and objectives tied to strategic goals.

Click to preview this book on Amazon.com

Trend of the Week

Internet Security Measures People Take Post-Snowden

According to a Pew Research Center survey, nearly two years after Snowden’s revelations, 87% of Americans say they have heard about U.S. surveillance programs. Among them, 25% say they have changed their own technological behaviors in some way. Some are altering their use of information and communication technologies. The respondents to this survey who knew about the government monitoring programs were asked if they had changed the way they used a variety of communications and information tools since they had learned about the government’s programs.


18% of the Americans who are aware of the surveillance programs say they have changed the way they use their email accounts “somewhat” or a “great deal.”


17% say they have changed the way they use search engines.


15% say they have changed the way they use social media.


15% say they have changed the way they use their cell phones.


13% say they have changed the way they use mobile apps.


13% say they have changed the way they use text messages.


9% say they have changed the way they use their landline phone.

For more information, go to: www.pewinternet.org

Resource of the Week

Talent Matters Blog Series

Talent Matters is a blog series hosted by the Stanford Social Innovation Review. The series explores how nonprofit leaders have achieved real-world results through an emphasis on talent. Go to: www.ssireview.org

Tech Tip of the Week

Using Screenshot in Office 2010

Screenshot -- a new feature in Office 2010 -- allows you to capture images from your screen.


Click the document that you want to add the screenshot to


Click the Insert tab on the Ribbon


In the Illustrations group, click Screenshot


To add the whole window, click the thumbnail in the Available Windows gallery


To add part of the window, click Screen Clipping, and when the pointer becomes a cross, press and hold the left mouse button to select the area of your screen that you want to capture


If you have multiple windows open, click the window you want to clip from before clicking Screen Clipping. When you click Screen Clipping, the program you are working in is minimized and only the window behind it is available for clipping


After adding a screenshot, you can use the tools on the Picture Tools tab to edit and enhance the screenshot

You can use Screenshot in Word 2010, PowerPoint 2010 and Excel 2010.

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