1. Board Insurance: Do You Really Need It? from Blue Avacado, a great summary from an expert. Talks about the key features to look for when purchasing D&O, what about legal protections for volunteers,
In today”s tight economic environment, nonprofits are facing tough budget decisions, and one expense that often comes up is D&O insurance (Directors & Officers liability insurance). How should a board of directors think about this insurance?….So, if you are a part of a nonprofit organization, consider D&O as a “must have.” Overlooking D& O puts board members at risk unnecessarily. Approach D&O insurance as a positive and essential investment for your organization.
Free booklet: A downloadable, free booklet on D&O insurance is available on the NIAC website; click here. You”ll see other free booklets there, too.
2. Facebook, Nonprofits, and Youth Programs: Safety and Privacy Issues from Beth”s Blog. Do you take photos of your events? A video interview from Beatrice Ramos: (a good conversation is brewing in comments)
Beatrice says that a social media policy spelling this out is essential. She recognizes that photos of the kids are important to share because it makes the story of their programs come alive, but they want to do it safely. As part of their policy, parents sign a release at the beginning of the year that gives her organization to share all photos.
When she takes photos and posts on social media channels, she uses these common sense guidelines:
- Doesn’t take photos of kids if clothing identifies their school (e.g. wearing a school t-shirt)
- Doesn’t take photos that identify their school name or recognizable landmark
- Takes mostly group photos but often will take the photo so it doesn’t show their face, but the back of their head or back lit so the face is not easily recognizable
- Never includes the names of the kids on the photos or tags them on Facebook
- On a field trip, will take a group photo, but from far away
They have never had an inappropriate comment on their Facebook Wall from students, but have clear posting guidelines and a social media policy in place that provides education.
related article: Email is still the leading social sharing tool
4. Data is People: Inspired by the 9/11 Memorial Great story about data by NTen.
Your data is people. Your data is the past, present, and future of your work. And it has the potential to change the way people think about your cause….But this is where your job starts. Who are the people behind your data? Where is the data that tells the story of the people (or animals, or whatever your area of focus) you”re working hard for?
Sometimes you already know the story you need to tell. Other times, like in the case of this memorial project, the story only emerges after you start the work of compiling your data.
Your data has infinite potential for stories. Your job is to harness that potential to help bring about the change you want to see.
5. Five Trends Are Hastening the Sector”s Transformation from MassNonProfit.org,
…converging trends are reshaping the social sector by redefining participation, blurring sector boundaries, and organizing work in completely new ways. For a nonprofit that wants to be viable in the future, “transformation is not optional.”
Organizational models of the past not only may become less successful in the future—they may simply disappear. In the past, people seeking to create social impact were primarily driven toward a single model: the nonprofit. But as nonprofits increasingly develop profit-generating enterprises, corporations are becoming more active in the social sphere, the report explains.