Monthly Archives: October 2013

10.31.13: U.S. News Bits

Fidelity Charitable Trust gives nearly $1.3 billion in more than 300,000 grants, the Council on Foundations has created a network team to facilitate the flow of ideas among nonprofits, Countdown to Impact Challenge organizes more than 100 community service projects before National Philanthropy Day on Nov. 14, and more.read more

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10.30.13 N.C. Nonprofit News

Johnson C. Smith University receives $2.5 million Duke Endowment grant for scholarships, the Watauga Crisis Assistance Network seeks to warm homes, Susan G. Komen gives awards to North Carolina contributors, and more. read more

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Trend Spotter: (Mis)Perceptions and challenges of nonprofit advocacy

Trend Spotters are more politically active than they think but face the challenges of limited staff, volunteers and financial resources to be engaged in the long process of influencing public policy.read more

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10.23.13: U.S. Nonprofit News

The University of the Pacific receives a $125 million bequest, the Starkey Hearing Foundation gives away 1,000 hearing devices in Lesothos, a yearlong campaign raises $6.1 million for the City of Hope, and more.read more

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10.23.13 N.C. Nonprofit News

Triangle Land Conservancy and Triangle Community Foundation create $1.1 million environmental fund, N.C. Museum of History launches Indiegogo campaign to support film exhibit, Alley Cats and Angels is named Top Nonprofit of 2013 by GreatNonprofits, voting in Bands4Good Challenge 2013 to support military nonprofits, and more. read more

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Dual leadership challenges – Getting the right CEO

Nonprofits are experiencing increasing CEO transitions as a result of retirement, resignations for other opportunities and board-prompted departures. Elinvar says, despite these challenges, nonprofits boards can follow a series of steps to fill the leadership spot that applies to all situations.read more

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Researchers bring product testing to nonprofit foster care

What works for iPhones and video games may also work for nonprofit foster care, say researchers at UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and School of Social Work. Usability testing can identify challenges for nonprofit leaders should address in order to avoid unwanted consequences later.read more

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World Wildlife Fund COO speaks on leading an international organization

Marcia Marsh, chief operating officer of the World Wildlife Fund, discusses leading the international organization at a free Community of Nonprofit Scholars event at NC State on Nov. 6.read more

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How Values Shape and Are Shaped by Nonprofit and Voluntary Organizations: The Current State of the Field

To advance understanding of the relationship between values and organizations, this review synthesizes classic and recent organizational and sociological research, including this symposium’s articles on voluntary associations. We argue that all organizations reflect, enact, and propagate values. Organizations draw on culture, which offers a tool kit of possible actions supported by institutional logics that delineate appropriate activities and goals. Through institutional work, organizations can secure acceptance for unfamiliar practices and their associated values, often under the logic of democracy. Values may be discerned in any organization’s goals, practices, and forms, including “value-free” bureaucracies and collectivist organizations with participatory practices. We offer suggestions for enhancing understanding of how collectivities advance particular values within their groups or society.

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Nonprofit Virtual Accountability: An Index and Its Application

This article introduces the Nonprofit Virtual Accountability Index (NPVAI) as a tool for nonprofits to strategically plan their online accountability, as well as for researchers to empirically analyze nonprofit Web sites. The index is developed first from the theoretical literature on nonprofit accountability, on government virtual accountability, and on best practice in website design. An exploratory factor analysis is then carried out on the index adapted from these sources. The nonprofit virtual accountability components identified were accessibility, engagement, performance, governance, and mission. The index is applied to nonprofits in Illinois to test its validity. The findings confirm the validity of the index as a tool to measure nonprofit virtual accountability.

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Collaboration of Nonprofit Organizations with Local Government for Immigrant Language Acquisition

This article maintains that local government and nonprofit organizations are key collaborative agents in the delivery of language access services in the City of Philadelphia. Based on research conducted from February 2009 through September 2010, this article utilizes personal interviews, document analyses, and other data to situate the shared responsibility forged between the public and nonprofit sectors in the realm of language access. Local government relies on a range of nonprofit networks for both public support and community outreach in immigrant neighborhoods. Nonprofits, on the other hand, rely on the welcoming political climate that protocols and municipal directives provide for immigrants at the local level. As Philadelphia touts itself as a reemerging destination for immigrants, this article highlights the prominent role that nonprofit organizations play in the work of immigrant accompaniment by ensuring equal access to city services, regardless of linguistic ability.

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