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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.

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Website of the Week

Ethics Resource Center

The Ethics Resource Center (ERC) is Americaís oldest nonprofit organization devoted to independent research and the advancement of high ethical standards and practices in public and private institutions. Since 1922, ERC has been a resource for public and private institutions committed to a strong ethics culture. ERCís expertise informs the public dialogue on ethics and ethical behavior. ERC researchers analyze current and emerging issues and produce new ideas and benchmarks that matter for the public trust. Among its activities, ERC conducts biennial surveys of ethics programs, issues and culture using a national sample of employees in business and government. Results are compared to data from previous years and to national norms. ERCís data are widely used in business, government and academia. Go to:

Publication of the Week

Effective Non-Profit Management: Context, Concepts, and Competencies by Shamima Ahmed

From the publisher: In an environment of increased interdependency and collaborations among non-profits, for-profits, and governmental organizations, researchers and practitioners have begun to identify the need for a distinctive set of values, skills, and competencies for effective non-profit management. Underlining the relationship between these two sectors, Effective Non-Profit Management: Context, Concepts, and Competencies clarifies the emerging links between the public and non-profit sectors at the local, national, and global levels. Each chapter concludes with a discussion of a recent issue and a case study. They include discussion questions, a listing of Web resources, and a review of terms at the end of each chapter. The introductory chapter discusses non-profit organizations, their phenomenal growth, the different categories of non-profits, and the scope and significance of this sector. The second chapter focuses on explaining the linkages among non-profits, for-profits, and government organizations. The next couple of chapters provide a detailed discussion of essential non-profit law, non-profit governance, human resource management, resource acquisition and management, marketing, technology, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and effectiveness. Discussing four major developments in the non-profit environment that have implications for the future of this sector, the book:

bullet Covers all major topics in non-profit management including recent issues that affect such management
bullet Provides up-to-date information on emerging issues in non-profit management, including transparency, technology, legal, and other socio-political issues
bullet Includes input from an advisory group of leading non-profit executives
bullet Details best practices, practical tips and examples, and lists of Internet resources

Going beyond the usual coverage of government contracting with non-profits, the book provides a focused discussion on the linkages between public administration and the non-profit sector. In an approach that balances theory and application, the book is a guide to the practical art of forming, managing, and leading non-profit organizations.

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Trend of the Week

Wealth Transfer to Boost Charitable Giving Through 2061

In what is shaping up to be the greatest wealth transfer in U.S. history, an estimated $59 trillion will be transferred from 93.6 million American estates between 2007 and 2061 according to a new study from the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy at Boston College. Based on a scenario assuming 2 percent economic growth and the continuation of current tax provisions, the report, A Golden Age of Philanthropy Still Beckons: National Wealth Transfer and Potential for Philanthropy, estimates that through estates, heirs will receive up to $36 trillion, federal estate taxes will claim $5.6 trillion, and bequests to charities will total $6.3 trillion. Over the same period, giving to charity is expected to total roughly $27 trillion, with more than $20 trillion of that given by donors who are still living. To download the report, go to:

Resource of the Week

Linking Leadership Succession, Strategy, and Governance

Many writings stress the importance of a boardís thinking about leadership succession as its most critical task Succession is often intertwined with the state of the boardís functioning and organizational strategy. Similarly, working on governance is often triggered by succession and linked to strategy in terms of new competencies that need to be on the board. It is rare that one of these three can be the sole focus without consideration of the other two areas. The article "The Importance of Linking Leadership Succession, Strategy, and Governance" by Thomas Gilmore offers an overview of the challenges of sequencing these intertwined issues, and the imperative that they be thought of in a woven, recursive way across time rather than a simplistic, linear sequence. To download the article, go to:

Tech Tip of the Week

Presenting with PowerPoint

Trying to improve your PowerPoint-driven presentations? Check out Presenting with PowerPoint: 10 dos and don'ts, published on the website. This article discusses the following tips for improving your presentations:


Hold up your end with compelling material


Keep it simple


Minimize numbers in slides


Don't parrot PowerPoint


Time your remarks


Give it a rest


Use vibrant colors


Import other images and graphics


Distribute handouts at the end ó not during the presentation


Edit ruthlessly before presenting

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