The Rundown 2.23.2107

Tell your story, ask for funding, empower those around you to do the same, and never apologize. Before you tell us how profound that advice sounds, it's really just a quick rundown of the best-of-the-best articles we tripped-over this week worth sharing.

Life is funny, right? Sometimes. Often. Sometimes too often. Never often too sometimes. Because that sounds insane. 

Also! This week we're adding suggest read-times for each article based on the average of 200 words/minute for online readers. But you're totally above average in every way. So feel free to round up. 

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The Power of Nonprofit Storytelling

  • Enlightened wrong vs. right educationally comparative article from Pamela Grow, offering some thoughtful storytelling suggestions via social media.
  • Between you & me... this blog should really be titled Five Storytelling Mistakes To Avoid because of the ways this article is framed. But nobody ever asks us
  • 3 MIN READ w/o additional links

Guidestar + Facebook = A New Way to Fundraise

  • You might have noticed that Facebook has been asking you recently if you want to connect a fundraiser to your page. You also might not have since Facebook seems to always be asking us to do something new.
  • Care about philanthropy or in the nonprofit/CSR sector? You need to care about this Facebook request.
  • Powered by Guidestar, this new social tool is poised to be the next big thing in online donation models. So it worth testing that theory. 
  • 2 MIN READ w/o additional links

4 Tips to Deal with Reluctant Fundraisers on Your Board

  • This article by In Focus is meant to support board members who are already or supposed to be fundraising but need a kick in the shorts. 
  • Between you & me... its also 4 solid suggestions to introduce to any style of board even if they are not fundraising focused.   
  • Which got us thinking... do you engage your board in tip #1? Don't assume board members can/could fundraise because its part of their role. Invest in training to make them better fundraisers. Always invest in a volunteer's skill advancement when those skills aid your greater good. 
  • 3 MIN READ

10 Things to Never Apologize For Again

  • It's new to me... Apparently this article is from mid-2016 but it's making the rounds (again) online and we can see why. 
  • A quick and witty read with tips such as: Don't Apologize for Manifesting in a Human Form, Don't Apologize for Not Being Unimpressed by Mediocrity and our personal favorite, Don't Apologize for Standing Up for People You Care About. Like you. Awwwwwww. Right?
  • 2 MIN READ

 

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"The fact of storytelling hints at a fundamental human unease, hints at human imperfection. Where there is perfection there is no story to tell." 
Ben Okri, post-modern, post-colonial Nigerian poet and novelist