Grow your capacity: Legal services, training on Supported Decision-Making, writing an effective survey hook, more
Local events and resources
Community training for people with disabilities and their families, August 14 (11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Anacostia Neighborhood Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd, SE in the Ora Glover Community Room): Quality Trust is conducting this training on the Disability Services Reform Amendment Act and specifically how to use Supported Decision-Making under the new law. People with disabilities can use these agreements to name chosen supporters—such as family members, close friends, and other people they trust—to help them in making their own decisions regarding health care, money, education, and other supports and services. When a Supported Decision-Making Agreement meets the new law's requirements, it is a legally enforceable document. RSVP to Jessica Bronson at the Jenny Hatch Justice Project, firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 448-1448.
Free solar for income-qualified homeowners: If you are or know a homeowner in DC and are interested in going solar, contact Shelley Cohen—(202) 422-4488 or infoFREEdcsolar@gmail.com—for info about DC's Solar For All Grant program. Homeowners automatically qualify if they are on any assistance programs like SNAP or LIHEAP. If they are not on assistance, they may qualify based on income. Learn more about GRID Alternatives, the contractor, and DC Solar for All Program.
Neighborhood Legal Services Program is closing their southeast DC office while their new east of the river office is completed and the organization moves. While the renovation and move take place, people may use NLSP's other offices: 64 New York Ave, NE and 4609 Polk St, NE.
Neighborhood Legal Services Program will be closed for intake August 6 through August 10. They will resume their normal intake hours—Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm—Monday, August 13 at 64 New York Ave, NE and 4609 Polk St, NE.
Tools and resources
- If you need to know the date a webpage was published but there's no date in sight, follow the instructions detailed in Find the Date When a Web Page was First Published on the Internet. So cool. So easy.
- Hemingway Editor is an easy-to-use editor. Drop in already written text or start from scratch and Hemingway will check for adverbs, passive voice, complicated phrases, and hard-to-read sentences.
- 3 Tips for Writing a Great Survey Hook is a terrific help. Includes examples. (Textizen)
- Try Make A Gif if you need one that doesn't exist (or just too hard to find!). You can start from a photo, YouTube, or Facebook. You can also use the tool to store your gifs, even if created somewhere else. Free and premium.
- Okay, so the title is a bit much, but the content is good, with a number of ideas which can be implemented by businesses, nonprofits, and governments alike. So read 13 Extraordinary Marketing Ideas for Entrepreneurs. Some faves: 1) Promote and describe partnerships on your website. 2) Create valuable content: take pictures, videos, and tell stories about what you do in real, human terms. And 3) Connect with the media. You can be a story source, provide background information, or a cheerleader of quality journalism.
- Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture (PDF): This guide from Equity in the Center describes seven levers that organizations can use to build momentum toward achieving a Race Equity Culture. Shared by Bridgespan. Free.
- Five Ways Your Nonprofit Can Successfully Adapt To New Technology is advice by nonprofits for nonprofits. (Forbes)
- Nonprofit Tech for Good will soon begin including remote job opportunities in e-newsletters as a service to nonprofit professionals. Be sure to sign up for the newsletter.
- Here are six signs that it’s time to quit your job (Fast Company)
- Ballot Measure Advocacy for Nonprofits: Taking a Stand in 2018, August 9. Free.
- Faves from 44 Free Nonprofit Webinars for August 2018, August 1-15: Flash Class: Boomers, X-er's, Millennials, Oh My! Surfing the Next Wave of Philanthropy (August 2); Single Days of Service: Make 'em Work! (August 7); How to Produce Captivating Digital Content (August 14). (Wild Apricot)
- Law schools are very diverse, so why aren't law firms? (Fast Company)
- 'My Soul and My Role Aligned' — How Hospice Workers Deal With Death (Pew)
- How to Bring the Ballot to Aging Americans (Pew)
- The Thai Cave Rescue: What Are the Leadership Lessons? (Knowledge@Wharton)
- The age of heroes is over, read "it's time to stop conflating skill with character." (Quartz)
- Who’s Accountable for an Outbreak?: interesting and provocative. (Ars Technica)
- Dr. Atul Gawande is doing amazing work in medicine. So read this, you'll see what I mean: Letting Go: What should medicine do when it can’t save your life?. (Note: Gawande has learned a lot since the column was written in 2010) (New Yorker)