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Top Ten (Week of September 22, 2014): Can a New Governance Model Help Your Organization?

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There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here are some of the top items, articles and ideas you need to know so you can keep up-to-date and find success

1. Jobs/Workplace: Consent Decision Making: The Dynamic Governance Model” (Board Source): For geographically dispersed fundraising organizations, the Dynamic Governance model (also known as sociocracy) may provide a useful approach. The nascent Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education (PULSE) found that Dynamic Governance enables the group to value all voices, share leadership, have open communication and achieve goal-aligned productivity. 

2. Volunteer Management: A Skill-based Volunteering Model That Delivers value to both Companies and Communities (Charity Village): Volunteering for a nonprofit can be a good way to develop your or a staff member’s professional skills and benefit your community at the same time.

3. Online/Social Media: 9 Best Practices for Distributing Nonprofit Content on Social Networks (Nonprofit Tech for Good): For those just getting started in social network fundraising (and for those who have been doing it a while) these practical best practices (starting with “Prioritize storytelling over marketing”) are a good reminder and reality check on your approach.

4. Fundraising Research: U.S. Census Bureau Reports Poverty Slightly Down but Recovery is Elusive for Most (Nonprofit Quarterly): Will the improving economy lead to more giving by average Americans? The latest Census Report is not reassuring. The economic recovery has done little to lift the living standards of most poor and middle-income households; the gap between the poor and the well-off continues to grow.

5. Technology: Super Short Storytelling that Hooks Digital Donors (Tech Soup): This article tells what super short (6–15-second) videos are, why they are useful in fundraising (for solicitations, thank you’s, mission-execution) and how you can use free micro-video blogging services and the Instagram and Vine mobile apps to create them easily.

6. Fundraising Research: The Rigor of Data (Markets for Good): How much time should you spend on data collection and analysis? Sometimes you need rigorous, large scale data. Sometimes a compelling story is more effective. This article provides a framework for thinking about the tradeoffs.

7. Technology: How Tech is Changing Charity (ComputerScienceZone): This infographic shows the growth of information technology and the many ways it is being used in fundraising.

8. Miscellaneous: Interviews of Young People Involved with @atlascorps Reveal Impressive Depth and Integrity (Nonprofit Quarterly): Young NGO interns from other countries offer some revealing insights about the U.S. nonprofits where they are working.

9. Online/Social Media: 14 Social Media Marketing Tools Recommended by the Pros (Social Media Examiner): Although it speaks to marketers, this article also applies to fundraisers who use social media. Top social media marketers share the tools they find most useful right now, including tools to automate Google analytics reports, schedule bulk updates, schedule Facebook posts, bundle curated Twitter posts, and easily track mentions of your hashtag and related content across most social platforms.

10. Year-End Fundraising: 3 Steps to Year-End Fundraising Success (Fundraising Success): Emphasizing that you need to start now to prepare for successful year-end fundraising, this article elaborates three down-to-earth steps: set up a schedule, beef up your knowledge, and act on information.

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