Today, World Mental Health Day, marks the introduction of nonprofit Safe In Our World, which focuses on raising awareness and offering support to people who play video games and have mental health issues. It's estimated that 1 in 4 people have mental health issues and that more than half the world's population is involved with gaming.
Nonprofits can maximize the financial resources they receive from grants by including details in the initial proposal that ensure the project gets off the ground and remains viable, says Barbara Floersch of The Grantsmanship Center. For example, she says, building a computer lab provides an immediate benefit, but it becomes useless unless maintained.
Nonprofits involved in community organizing can lose sight of the perspective of those they say they want to serve, writes The Nonprofit Whisperer. Maintaining that connection involves making sure to listen to frontline staff and collecting data.
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Local nonprofits have played a significant role as the Florida Panhandle has adjusted in the year following Hurricane Michael, writes David Berlan of Florida State University. Berlan suggests potential donors think about contributing to causes that help after disasters that did not get sustained media attention, and that they postpone their gifts because such needs don't go away quickly.
Storytelling can increase customer interest in a product or service, but the better the actual offering, the less necessary stories are, according to research from Kellogg School of Management professor Derek Rucker and Ph.D. student Rebecca Krause. "If the storyteller is trying to actively persuade an audience, and the facts are weak, the story can obscure those and increase persuasion," says Rucker.
Plant Prefab and Brooks + Scarpa have released the Nest LivingHome toolkit, a design manual that nonprofits can use to reduce their costs when constructing affordable housing units. The Community Corporation of Santa Monica will use a $1 million grant from Los Angeles County and the toolkit to develop homes.
First Premier Bank owner T. Denny Sanford is planning to give $350 million to National University over "a number of years" besides the $150 million he gave previously. The university will change its name to Sanford National University.
There are times in an organization's life cycle when it just makes sense to consider how your mission might be advanced through a strategic partnership with another organization. Boards that are facing an executive transition are wise to have a conversation prior to launching a search about what a strategic alliance or restructuring could offer their organization. The Power of Possibility has guidance on how to start the conversation. Learn more.
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Understand well as I may, my comprehension can only be an infinitesimal fraction of all I want to understand.
Ada Lovelace, mathematician, founder of scientific computing
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