A selection of recent articles and postings around the nonprofit world you may find of interest; first in our Jewish world followed by some links to recent non-profit blog posts.
A new study examining efforts at long-range planning in synagogues found that — under the right conditions — outside consultants, if armed with an understanding of both the business and the nonprofit worlds, can help congregations formulate strategic blueprints for the future. But the encouraging findings contained in “Strategic Planning in Congregations: Capitalizing on Opportunities for Organizational Change” came with a few caveats.
Did you know that over 40 states require nonprofits conducting online fundraising campaigns to register with their state? This includes any other state into which solicitations (including e-mail) are directed.
Conventional wisdom says that it is the small nonprofit organizations who stand most to benefit from Web 2.0 opportunities, where so much can be accomplished for such a small investment of time and resources.
Online video, for example, puts multimedia broadcasting into the hands of organizations that could never afford to buy television air time. There’s no charge to post an unlimited number of video on YouTube, for example, and a camera and computer are all the gear you need to get started.
But is online video-sharing really a useful communication tool for you? Is it an effective way of connecting with others who share your interests, and spreading your nonprofit’s message?
The stock market’s slide has begun to affect a fast-growing type of giving.
Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund — which raises more than all but three other charities in the country according to The Chronicle’s Philanthropy 400 rankings — says contributions dipped by 8 percent in the first quarter of 2008 compared with the first quarter of 2007.