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The Common Counsel Foundation’s Grassroots Exchange Fund (GXF) provides grants to small community-based groups seeking to meet face-to-face with other grassroots organizations, to build collaborative campaigns, and to benefit from technical assistance opportunities. GXF will start accepting applications again on the first Monday of February (February 4). This small grants program is designed to support networking and collaboration between grassroots social change and environmental justice organizations throughout the United States. Potential grantees can check out Common Counsel’s website for guidelines and an application.
LeaderSpring is recruiting nonprofit leaders from the East Bay for its Class of 2014 Fellowship. LeaderSpring is a project of the Tides Center and is devoted to transforming communities through leadership development. Click here for a PDF version of the Call for Applications.
This opinion column, Virtual Becomes Personal, is hot off the press in the July 1 issue of The NonProfit Times. I think the last paragraph is particularly relevant to the Foundation’s future direction:
The nonprofit community would do well to pursue three recommendations toward a unified goal of strengthening advocacy campaigns. First, traditional and digital organizers need to emerge from their respective silos and come together in forums to learn from each other how to leverage both forms of advocacy. Second, nonprofits should incorporate both traditional and digital organizing within a coherent strategy to broaden and deepen public participation, either developing the capabilities themselves or negotiating partnerships with others. Third, private foundations and nonprofit research institutions can add value to the field by undertaking more systematic research around the possibilities of digital organizing and online advocacy.
Read the entire article here (pdf). More details about our development will be forthcoming in the fall.
A few months ago, I shared a save the date for the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT)’s upcoming conference and my own reasons for valuing deeply GIFT’s community, work and vision on this blog.
I’m happy to share that registration is now open for the 2012 Money for Our Movements conference. I look forward to seeing many of you there!
More info below:
Free Webinar! Leading in a Hyperconnected World: Driving Innovation & Impact with Digital Media – May 30
Stanford Social Innovation Review is providing a free webinar, courtesy of Living Cities, to discuss how new digital media is affecting the world we live in. Join leaders from the Twitter, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Living Cities to understand how these new digital media trends are changing notions of leadership and to learn how your organization can harness new technologies to accelerate innovation, adaptation, and impact.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
11:00am-12:00pm PT, 2:00-3:00pm ET
Ben Hecht, President & CEO, Living Cities
Claire Diaz Ortiz, Head of Social Innovation, Twitter
Steve Downs, Chief Technology & Information Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
BABIP (Bay Area Blacks in Philanthropy) is hosting its 3rd annual Strengthening Our House: Capacity Building Seminar. They’ve developed an impressive lineup of speakers and invite you to share this information with others who may benefit from the knowledge of experts in the field. Attendees will receive tips to enhance organizational effectiveness, learn to use social media strategies, and explore ways to identify and secure funding from diverse sources.
Presenter: Josh Pies
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 – 1pm EST / 10am PST
Duration – approximately 1 hour
Cost – $49.99
Per the course description, this course is a primer on web video production and placement of video for online uses. The web is where marketing messages are consumed these days and people have stopped reading – for the most part at least – and that is why you MUST have a video presence. Can you do it yourself? Yes. Should you do it yourself? In many cases, YES. This course will offer basic guidance on what new-to-video individuals need in the way of equipment, editing programs, scripting guidance, and lastly – the 2 best places to put video for a startup video presence.
This webinar is part of NP Training Works many offerings for nonprofits.
To register, click HERE.
On August 10th and 11th, the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT) will once again hold their fourth biennial Money for Our Movements: A Social Justice Fundraising Conference at the Oakland Marriot.
My own connection to GIFT spans years, dating back to my first grassroots fundraising training that I admittedly snuck into. Recently, I had the opportunity to share my thoughts on the importance of GIFT in a newsletter to GIFT donors:
1. What was your first impression of GIFT, and why did you decide to become a donor?
At my first GIFT training, I was struck by how the focus was as much on the why as the how of fundraising. And, also, by the belief of the trainers that the participants, as organizers, already had many of the skills needed to be incredible fundraisers but perhaps not yet the confidence or understanding to meet that potential.
Aspiration Tech, Community Technology Project, and Google are hosting a one-day training event for Bay Area nonprofits and social justice organizations at the Google offices in Mountain View, California!
This is a great opportunity to work with three different organizations offering support to empower you with tech skills so you can magnify your social justice passions and priorities.
During this 1-day event, nonprofit staff will have the opportunity to:
- better understand how to assess and engage their online audiences
- coordinate various online channels including web, email and social media
- work with volunteers from Google