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The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University has just published a report in GivingUSA Spotlight analyzing its research on charitable giving after The Great Depression and more recent economic recessions, including the one nonprofit organizations are facing now.
Seth Godin -- well known in social media and marketing, often associated with the concept of "permission marketing" and well known author and speaker in those circles -- has set off a vigorous and sometimes heated discussion about how well (or not) nonprofits are doing in adapting to change.
There's an innovative use of social media happening this week that Portland nonprofits might find especially interesting.
Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington recently conducted a survey of foundations in our region to determine how the economic downturn has affected them and how, in turn, they expect it to affect their grantmaking this year. The results are in. GOSW is generously sharing those results with us all... You can read a summary of findings, watch a slide show, and even listen to an audio report. It's all here!
Yes we can, say Robert J. Shapiro and Aparna Mathur, in a newly published study: The Social and Economic Value of Private and Community Foundations. (Shapiro is the head of Sonecon and author of the new book .
There's a lot of talk going around these days about foundation accountability. (See this summary article on the Chronicle of Philanthropy website.) The call for more scrutiny might intensify given the fact that the current economic crisis is being blamed at least partly on loose regulation and lax oversight.
We just got an email that made our day, from Lisa Arkin at Oregon Toxics Alliance: I wanted to share a very fun thing with you! I was reading the Meyer Memorial Trust blog and saw an entry by Bob Reeves, the Executive Director of the Eugene Science Factory. He mentioned his willingness to share the museum’s space with other non-profits for an event.
Today I met with a Portland visionary and got VERY excited about what a project she has been working on could mean for nonprofit organizations. I can’t stand not sharing it with you this minute… Here’s the scoop I got from Ellen Bergstone Beer, Executive Director of Film Action Oregon:
Below is a script from the connectipedia launch event on June 10, 2008. While we have made available a video of the entire event, we realize that not everyone has broadband Internet access, which makes it difficult to view lengthy videos. This script provides the narrative of the event, with links to much shorter video presentations of individual speakers.
Thanks to those of you who attended the connectipedia launch yesterday! And to the wonderful geeks who helped introduce this new tool to you.... We are so excited to have this project off the ground so everyone can become part of it... because that's what will determine whether or not it achieves what we set out to do in bringing it this far.
Is it just me, or does anyone else have a problem with calling the world in which we operate "nonprofit" or "not-for-profit?" Should a name really highlight what we don't have? Do we want to be known by something we lack? Of course we all know that not making a profit is just shorthand for the legal requirements we all must meet to be entitled to our defined tax status with the IRS. But I'm one of those who thinks words matter. And that we can surely do better than nonprofit.
Stanford Social Innovation Review recently published an article titled Creating High-Impact Nonprofits. The authors spent several years studying 12 of the most successful nonprofits in recent U.S. history and they discovered a number of things that surprised them:
This morning we learned that trustee emeritus Warne Nunn has passed away at age 86. Warne may well have been Meyer Memorial Trust's best ambassador. He tirelessly traveled across the region, visiting grantees and prospective grantees. He always had a word of encouragement for nonprofit organizations and advocated for their needs passionately in meetings with MMT's board of trustees. Warne had a special love for Oregon history, public libraries and programs that supported underserved children and families.
It's been so much fun hearing your answers to the question in my previous email that I thought it only fair to share them with you: Do you remember where you were on this day 27 years ago when you heard a particularly explosive news item? Here are the answers so far. Please add your own below...
We're wondering how rising fuel prices are affecting the nonprofits we serve? There is a lot of media coverage about the effect on consumers and businesses, but little public discussion about how the recent rapidly rising prices are affecting nonprofit organizations. We're hoping you will take a moment to share with us specific examples of effects on your organization and its work. Has your organization made any changes as a result?
Okay, so we are puzzled about something and need to level with you and ask for your feedback.It seems that, despite our best efforts to communicate that it's not necessary, grant applicants are afraid that if they don't meet with us before submitting a proposal, they will be at a disadvantage. Folks tell us they feel they need to establish and nurture a relationship with a program officer. They report they believe they need to cultivate a program officer, who will then shepherd their proposals through the grants application process.