Grow your capacity: Twitter, candidates, local media changes, incredibly useful resources, more
Local events and resources
APACC’s list of members on Twitter: It’s easy to follow APACC’s members on Twitter; simply subscribe to APACC’s list of members on Twitter! If you are using Tweetdeck or something similar, you can follow the list (that’s what we do) so all the great information flows in one column.
Candidate Forum for D.C. Council At-Large Race, September 27: The D.C. Affairs Community of the D.C. Bar is sponsoring this event to give the community an opportunity to hear the positions of the candidates on issues important to the District. It is free and open to the public and will take place at UDC David A. Clarke School of Law (4340 Connecticut Ave NW). The candidates for the At-Large seat are: Anita Bonds; Ralph Chittams, Sr.; Denise Hicks; Rustin Lewis; Dionne Reeder; David Schwartzman; and Elissa Silverman. Panelists are Peter Jamison and Fenit Nirappil, Washington Post and Denise Rolark Barnes, The Washington Informer. Derrick Ward of NBC4 is invited to be the moderator.
Closing the gender pay gap workshops: Empowering Working Women in Washington, D.C. is a collaborative effort involving the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Mayor Muriel Bowser, the Mayor’s Office on Women’s Policy and Initiatives, and the Younger Women’s Task Force Washington (DC) Chapter are holding a number of workshops this fall to help women “negotiate their salaries and benefit packages with confidence.” Participation is free. (h/t @LydiaBubniak)
Debra Alfarone Leaving 9: “DCRTV hears that Channel 9/WUSA anchor Debra Alfarone is leaving the DC market's CBS affiliate. Her last day is October 7. She wrote on her Facebook page: ‘I'll still be based here in DC, working on an exciting new project to empower people across the globe to rewrite their own stories.’ More soon.”
Mitch Ryals Named Loose Lips Reporter at City Paper: He starts mid-October.
Tools and resources
Here's a +1,000 for Resources on How to Be a Good Board Member, a post on the subreddit nonprofit (/r/nonprofit). A user asked a legitimate question and others responded with thoughtful answers. Take a look for yourself and share with your board chair.
unpaywall "harvests Open Access content from over 50,000 publishers and repositories, and make it easy to find, track, and use." Huh? Institutions and individuals who need access to research can use unpaywall to find and access studies. Using unpaywall saves time and energy. The organization has several standing user guides and will work with you to manage your research needs should these guides not be sufficient. (Psst: There's a user guide for libraries).
In addition to being a good reminder, "Fresh Perspectives" — Strange bedfellows, effective partners in public health author Karen Remley, MD offers specifics to being an effective partner. Read and share.
Join Bill and Melinda Gates Wednesday, September 26 for a live Goalkeepers event on Facebook and YouTube. The Gates' and others will discuss progress on global health, equality, and development and "celebrate and inspire a new generation of young advocates who work on behalf of these causes." Be sure to read the report as well.
Fewer Americans are giving money to charity but total donations are at record levels anyway begins “Following years of steady growth that has tracked the performance of a generally healthy economy, U.S. charitable giving has reached an all-time high at a time when the share of Americans who make donations is falling.”
Public Webinar: Social Media Rules for 501(c)(3) Organizations, October 30: What you will learn during this Bolder Advocacy webinar: How your nonprofit can take advantage of social media, while still staying in compliance with laws that regulate advocacy, wow to treat social media and other communications in the context of lobbying limits for 501(c)(3) organizations, and how 501(c)(3) organizations can avoid campaign intervention in an election year. ($35)
McKinsey on Government (August 2018) is a must-read even for those not interested in government. Did you know, for example, that "Almost half of all public-sector transformations had more than one trigger"? This is instructive for those in- and outside government and who are interested in improving operations. Not one who cares about government? Read Transforming a 150-year-old government agency (don't shy away because of the title). You'll read about board and staff transformation, adopting shared values, and implementing an empowered mindset in place of the previous top-down one.
The latest issue of Re:Zilient is about plastic recycling. Super cool stories include Netherlands switches gears with world's first used-plastic bike path, In Hong Kong, disposable fashion gets a recycled makeover, and Dutch cities spy beauty in trash recycled for parks and crafts.