Just like the state fairs cropping up this month, this week's member news is a variety show. In between rounds of Flukey Ball and deep fried sticks of butter, we've managed to wrangle some highlights for you: from a chance to win a $5,000 grant and an ebook collection to free and interactive fundraising tools, check out what your fellow NTENers have been up to lately.
In honor of the annual migration of children returning to school, NTEN member The Case Foundation is hosting a sweepstakes as part of their Be Fearless campaign. To enter, just vote for your favorite fearless book for a chance to win one of five Amazon Kindles loaded with a some pre-loaded e-books! Partner organizations DoSomething, Global Giving, Pencils of Promise, Points of Light Institute, and Startup Weekend each submitted a favorite fearless book to the collection. The organization with the most votes by August 31 will also receive a $5,000 grant from the Case Foundation.
GOOD Maker, in a partnership with NTEN, announced Detroit's Green Economy Leadership Training (Solidarity) winner of their Use Technology for Good challenge. The challenge sought proposals for projects that used techology to fuel social change and awarded the best idea a $2,500 grant and a free NTEN Membership; in addition to the first prize, free NTEN Memberships were also given to two runners-up. Solidarity's winning idea, 'Off Grid Solar System for an Urban Farm', will use the grant to install a solar energy system at Food Field, a four-acre organic, urban farm in Detroit. Congratulations, Solidarity!
In other industry news, NPower Northwest made an exciting announcement: In October, they will merge with 501 Commons to create a statewide Management Services Organization (MSO). The merger will enable the new MSO to "build the capacity of nonprofits throughout our state and dramatically accelerate our ability to create widespread community vitality", remarked Executive Director, Alison Carl White. Also transitioning will be Alison, who is moving her Executive Directorship to WithinReach in September. Read Alison's farewell statement and learn more about the merger.
We know everyone loves free tools, so we definitely wanted to mention The Chronicle of Philanthropy's great interactive charitable giving map, released as part of their study on charitable giving in America. Use the map to find out how generous your state, city, and even your neighbood are or read the whole report.
Anything we missed? Share your links in the comments!