Member Round Up: Opportunity Awaits!

The NTEN Community consistently learns and shares from each other, creating opportunities to highlight the work that we all do. This week, our Member Round Up features great opportunities to do just that. Get your browser tabs ready: below are ways you can apply for funds, share your organization’s best videos, win free webinars, and more.

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The Knight Foundation published KaBOOM!: Playgrounds that Build Communities. Their new report dives into lessons on how to engage volunteers in community change efforts, telling the unique story of KaBOOM!, an organization that helps communities build playgrounds in a matter of weeks, focusing on 13 playgrounds built across the mid-west and east coast.

Nonprofit marketing expert, and NTEN board member extraordinaire, Nancy Schwartz wants to help you with a straightforward value swap: you give her your attention for 5 minutes and she’ll share her expertise on storytelling. Here’s how it works: take 5 minutes of your time to tell Nancy about your organization’s messaging – the who, what, and how; what’s working well and what’s getting in the way – via this online survey. In return, she’ll invite you to join her no-charge webinar in July, “How to Tell Your 5-Star Stories”. Hurry, the deadline is Wednesday, June 13th.

Next Thursday, June 14th, social media activists across the US go head-to-head in the Twive & Receive competition to generate the most donations for their favorite local nonprofits and the chance to win $30,000, sponsored by NTEN Members Razoo. Find how you can participate and help generate donations for your favorite organization here.

The Lights. Camera. Help. Nonprofit Film Festival is seeking PSAs, short films and features that focus on good. LCH, a nonprofit itself, expects to give out a total of approximately $5,000 to the causes represented in the winning films this year. They are accepting films through June 30, though it’s only free to submit through June 15th. The official selections will be announced by the end of July and the festival will take place at the Spirit of Texas Theater at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, Texas on September 12-14. Submit now!

The Alliance for Global Good’s Innovation Fund, established to increase the sustainability of medium-sized, US-based nonprofits working on solving global problems by encouraging innovations in mission-relevant financing, provides grants for late stage financing to move best-in-class plans into operation. The Fund’s Request for Proposal (“RFP”) is available, and the Application Instructions and Application Form are available through 5 PM on June 27th, when all applications are due.

Last week, one of NTEN’s newest members, Linxter, released allAware, a free mobile app and web-based private social network for nonprofits. The app is free to use and designed to give nonprofits the opportunity to communicate privately with staff, volunteers, and other stakeholders.

Members Kari Dunn Saratovsky & Derrick Feldmann are working on a book to be published by Jossey Bass in early 2013, titled Cause for Change: The Why & How of Nonprofit Millennial Engagement. In true millennial fashion, they are crowdsourcing the last chapter and want to hear from you: how are millennials influencing structures in your organizations? Submit your stories, strategies, and sage advice to

Anything we missed? Share your links in the comments!