Member Round Up: A busy September with new research, a cure for website obesity, and world literacy day

This past weekend saw the first official day of fall which means we can all look forward to months of potted mums, candy corn, and annual conferences. This latest Member Round Up features lots of goodies, from tips on social media and email campaigns, to new research on impact investing and Idealist’s funny obsession with drawing a famous actor.

In case you haven’t already grabbed a copy of Kivi Leroux Miller‘s new book, A Communications Map for Engaging Your Community, Becoming a Favorite Cause, and Raising More Money, it will guide you through designing and implementing a content marketing strategy that will bring in supporters. John Haydon helps to clarify Facebook’s changes to their news feed and how this will affect your organization’s account. Trying to connect with folks worldwide? Beth’s Blog recently featured a guest post by Christian Arno, Using Social Media Internationally: How Not to Get Lost in Translation, full of useful tips for anyone with a global audience. No matter where you are, there’s still a week left for you to hone your social media skills during Social Media September. TechSoup and NetSquared have put together a month of educational opportunities, from local events all over the world to day-long Twitter parties and a free webinar.

Care2 thinks it’s likely that your organization is not sending enough fundraising emails. Surprised? Here they share what they’ve learned from experience working with clients to help your email campgain be more effective. Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy‘s upcoming webinar, Bringing Entrepreneurial Skills into Grantmaking Practices, will explore ways in which you can employ the skills and practices used by social entrepreneurs. Register now!

The Case Foundation crunched some numbers on impact investing, read the full story and see what they found.

Have a funny cultural practice at your office? The folks at Idealist recently shared their obsession with drawing the actor Nicolas Cage in their post, Doodling Nicolas Cage: How we keep work fun.

Many of us take the ability to read and write for granted, but for millions of people learning these skills is a ticket out of poverty and a chance at creating a more peaceful, sustainable world. On September 8, Unesco observed its 40th International Literacy Day, from which Care2 highlights some shocking statistics on literacy around the globe and reminds us that the ability to read and write is a human right.

In the latest episode of npVOICES, NTEN’s CEO, Amy Sample Ward, shares how she began her career in the nonprofit sector as an accidental techie at an organization while in college. Julia Smith, NTEN’s Community Development Manager, reports back from the first-ever Do Good Data Conference in Chicago that took place earlier this month, as a guest blogger on Beth’s Blog.

When you hear the term obesity, you normally don’t think about your website. This post by Beaconfire empowers you to assess your page weight with step-by-step instructions (and illustrations!) to put you on the road to recovery. While you’re running these diagnostics, you may want to think about this fun little question: Where do people land on your website? Communicate & Howe! says that most people are not landing on your home page and provides some tips on how to make your website easy to navigate for all your visitors.

Salsa Labs announce a new director-level workshop at their annual Community Conference this October 9-10 in Washington, DC. The event brings together nonprofit and political campaign managers, development directors, advocates and online outreach leaders in two days of networking, practical application training, technical sessions and more. Register now!

New research form the Center for Effective Philanthropy helps to highlight areas in which foundations can increase their assistance to nonprofit organizations. Crucial areas that nonprofits would like more help in include meeting the demand for their programs and services, using technology to improve their effectiveness, and developing their leadership skills. Download the full report, Nonprofit Challenges: What Foundations Can Do.

North of the border, Canadian nonprofit marketing and fundraising agency, Stephen Thomas Ltd (ST), has been hard at work with new account wins Springboard, Cuso International, George Brown College, and the University of Toronto. Check out their work at Blackbaud released findings from their 2013 Next Generation of Canadian Giving study that uncovers the preferred giving and communications channels of four generations of Canadian donors: Generation Y (18-32); Generation X (33-48); Baby Boomers (49-67); and Civics (68+). Download the report.

Anything we missed? Let us know in the comments.

Eileigh Doineau
Arriving at NTEN has been a happy bend in the road for Eileigh, who comes from a background in environmental design and English literature. After a year in AmeriCorps teaching environmental education, a summer in Africa working with communities to protect local natural resources, and a master’s thesis on design and community engagement, she ventured into the nonprofit realm. Though Eileigh loves to get her hands dirty out in the real world, she recognizes that technology is a transformative tool of empowerment and is delighted to be helping others make the most of it.