Congratulations! You’ve made it through yet another week. With summer now in full swing and the pool beckoning out of the window, I’m sure it’s getting harder and harder – I’m proud of you. As a reward, I bring you a collection of memorable and blog-worthy nonprofit news clips from around the Web.
In searching through this week’s set of stories, I am reminded of the complexity and selflessness inherent in nonprofit management. That is why, before we really get into the heart of this blog, I want to take the time to commend you, the nonprofiteers. Almost daily, I scroll through various nonprofit websites, reading about the plights of a start-up nonprofit; the struggle in community outreach and financial stability, the tireless efforts of volunteers and the countless hours of campaigning and fundraising. The struggle is not an easy one, but the payoff is tremendous. I hope you know, every day that you step into work – everyday that you forgo the beautiful weather and opt instead for fluorescent lights and a squeaky chair – you are making a difference. Thank you for your boundless determination and unbridled tenacity – you are an inspiration.
That being said, let’s get right into it! There has, in recent years, been a tremendous shift towards the philanthropic in politics. With a challenged economy and a dismal job market, we have seen philanthropy gain speed as a major political force in elections and governance. This article in the NonProfit Quarterly challenges party affiliation on both sides and holds that politics has lost the compassion necessary for proper philanthropic grant-making.
Every organization, whether nonprofit, political, or association, struggles with the concept of duplicity. Project implementation is a necessary part of any successful business cycle; to generate a successful product for consumers, it is imperative that we implement the proper projects to meet growing needs. However, where we struggle is not in project implementation but rather the duplicity of projects. This article on Stanford Social Innovation challenges organizations to first scan the market in search of similar ventures and ask yourself; how successful was it? Where did it fail? Is it worth it? The overarching theme we see here is, simply enough, avoidable failure. The signs for success or failure exists, it is just a matter of finding them.
This is a cool visualization from The Chronicle of Philanthropy – it shows how the biggest companies in the United States gave in 2012. Take a look! You might be surprised.
This next story looks at what has remained the big elephant in the room for some time now – looming over our heads as an imposing figure determined to invoke fear and confusion. The Sequester. We’ve all heard of it on the news and around the office, I’m sure, but what does it mean for the nonprofit world? Up to this point, not much, but it’s far-reaching scope and indiscriminate budget cuts across the board are sure to wreak havoc on the nonprofit world. In this article, author Rick Cohen explains what the sequester has meant and will continue to mean to the nonprofit sector – including an in-depth explanation of how we can prepare ourselves and our organizations for what may come.
Let’s be honest, the discussion of money can make us all feel awkward – it’s generally avoided in personal affairs and a taboo topic in casual discussion – best to save that kind of stuff for business. This article on idealistblog challenges us to overcome this inherent discomfort with money. Money is a necessary resource to any business – the only way to invoke change is to be comfortable discussing and asking for money.
Well, that’s about it for this week – enjoy your weekend; do something fun, lay by the pool, read a book, anything really – you deserve it. If you need a bit of inspiration, check out my good friend Kid President on YouTube; be sure to vote for him in the 2068 election cycle!