Building Capacity in Wards 7 and 8 - January 11, 2017

Nonprofit capacity building resources

Capacity Building Resources for Wards 7 and 8 catalogs all the resources we've shared. It is not password protected so share!

Capacity Building Opportunities

Trainings, webinars, panel discussions
New Year’s Resolutions Roundtable, January 19( — CommunityIT will consider On the list are "security, technology management, the cloud, infrastructure, and more." Free.

Social Media Rules for 501(c)(3) Organizations, February 16( — "Can a 501(c)(3) lose its tax status over a careless tweet? What happens when a politician “likes” your organization’s Facebook page? Social media can help an organization shape public policy, but it comes with its own set of rules and regulations. Many nonprofits are hesitant about engaging in online advocacy, but knowing these rules can strengthen your work! Join Alliance for Justice for an interactive training that will clarify the rules for using social media, blogs, websites, and email as part of your advocacy toolkit. Trainers will give concrete examples and invite the audience to discuss hypothetical situations to develop a deeper understanding of the rules that apply to online advocacy." $35.

Lobbying Rules for 501(c)(3) Organizations, July 11( — "Lobbying is one of the most effective means for nonprofits to advance their missions. There are many ways 501(c)(3) public charities choose to lobby to achieve their policy goals. In this webinar we will delve into the definition and significance of lobbying. Once you understand how basic lobbying definitions apply to 501(c)(3) organizations, we will explain how to track your lobbying time and expenses, how to report lobbying to the IRA, and how lobbying restrictions of 501(c)(3) organizations interact with state or local lobbying disclosure laws. Additionally, trainers will provide you with ways you can maximize your outreach by taking advantage of the membership rule when communicating with your members." $35.

Creating High-Functioning Nonprofits: Who Should Have What Financial Information?, on demand(

PowerCheck: Community organizing capacity assessment tool( — "Community organizing can be a complex process. To be successful, it’s important to prepare for success by understanding an organization’s readiness to engage and empower constituents. PowerCheck can help organizers – from beginners to the most sophisticated –better prepare for catalyzing community organizing efforts. In one hour or less, an organization can answer questions online about skills, expertise, gaps, and the resources available to successfully engage in community organizing work. PowerCheck generates immediate results, letting organizations and coalitions know where and how to focus resources and what types of partnerships to seek out to help build a plan to move forward."

Good reads
6 Visual Tools to Improve Your Social Media Content( — New-to-us suggestions include adding emojis to graphics, producing animated videos, and creating infographics and GIFS.

Annual performance review replacements — There is growing support for the idea that annual performance reviews should be replaced with something that can help employees improve, become better and stronger, learn new skills, and more. Here are some examples of replacements.

Podcasts and videos
Adam Grant: Are you a giver or a taker?( — "After years of studying the dynamics of success and productivity in the workplace, Adam Grant discovered a powerful and often overlooked motivator: helping others."

"Why you should listen: In his groundbreaking book Give and Take, top-rated Wharton professor Adam Grant upended decades of conventional motivational thinking with the thesis that giving unselfishly to colleagues or clients can lead to one’s own long-term success. Grant’s research has led hundreds of advice seekers (and HR departments) to his doorstep, and it’s changing the way leaders view their workforces."

Power and Participation in the Networked Public Sphere( — Looking for something to listen to that will prompt further thinking, this is it. Berkman Klein Center alum John Palfrey and director Yochai Benkler are among those who talk about the networked public sphere, the place where people and technology meet media and power.

Personal capacity building

7 lessons about finding the work you were meant to do ( — Is your heart not in what you're doing? Not sure where to start to do something "more." "Fulfilling." Learn from StoryCorps founder Dave Isay.

Just Paranoid Or Time To Prepare? Four Signs You Might Be Getting Fired ( —

Resources and tools

Need a printer that's a union shop? Metro DC Council of Labor has such a list:

TechCrunch's Facebook adds automatic subtitling for Page videos( explains this change and why it's important. A must-read if you post videos online.

Active online? Read How to Back Up Your Social Media Content(

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