Grow your Capacity: Bike to Work Day, A Free Social Impact Job Board and More

One of the ways APACC helps members build their organizational capacity is through a weekly post with useful information and skill-building opportunities. Check out this week’s post.

Local Events and Resources

Online Training: How to Organize an Event that Makes an Impact, May 16: This Union of Concerned Scientists event will help you learn how to plan an event aligned with your goals and one that engages supporters and others and targets elected officials and those running for office. Free.

Bike to Work Day, May 18, stops in Wards 7 and 8: Join 20,000 new friends biking to work across the DC region Friday, May 18. If it's your first time riding to work or your thousandth, stop at as many pit stops as you want for refreshments, high fives, and the chance to win a bike.

There are three pit stops east of the Anacostia River. The one in Ward 7 is Anacostia River Trail/River Terrace. The two in Ward 8 are Anacostia and U.S. Coast Guard HQ.

Biking job openings: The Washington Area Bicyclist Association seeks two Camp Counselors and one Lead Camp Counselor with a love of riding bikes, experience with youth, and exuberance to spare for their 2018 summer Bike Camp. The positions are temporary, seasonal, and full-time from June 13 to July 16.

Free social impact job board for businesses and job seekers: “On this website you will find job listings for recent grads who are looking to make the jump from unpaid internships to paid job positions in social justice-relevant work. These include both full-time ENTRY-LEVEL jobs or PAID internships. It doesn’t have to be non-profit, but basically any career trying to do some type of social good.”

Tools and Resources

  • What can your organization learn about communications and fundraising from the 2018 Global NGO Technology Report? The authors write in 10 Most Effective Communication and Fundraising Tools, According to Nonprofits, report survey respondents
    were asked to rate the effectiveness of the most commonly used communication and fundraising tools. Their answers provide valuable insight into which tools NPOs, NGOs, and charities should prioritize in their communications and fundraising strategy.

    10 Most Effective Tools
    1) Email updates: 82%
    2) Websites: 81%
    3) Social media: 78%
    4) Video: 72%
    5) Email fundraising appeals: 64%
    6) Print annual reports: 62%
    7) Social media ads: 61%
    8) Print fundraising appeals: 60%
    9) Peer-to-peer fundraising: 56%
    10) Print newsletters: 54%

    4 Least Effective Tools
    1) Text-to-give: 27%
    2) Text messaging: 33%
    3) Messaging apps: 35%
    4) Search engine ads: 49%
  • There is so much to learn from The Next Generation: of American Giving The Charitable Habits of Generation Z, Millennials, Generation X, Baby Boomers, and Matures, not sure where to begin. How about with some key findings:
    • Fewer Americans give, so understanding and retaining the donors you have is more important than ever
    • Giving is distributed across more channels than ever before
    • Baby Boomers remain the most generous generation, and the number of Boomers saying they give is increasing
    • Generation X is on deck…and there are way more Gen X-ers than you think
  • Need some help with design or your website? Check out' Directory of tools and resources for illustrators. Sure, the majority of tools are for professional illustrators, but there are several useful tools for the rest of us. I'll be using TinyPNG

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