Here are five great post from around the web this week.
1. Just in time: Seven Incredible Hours in December: How to Make the Most of Year-End Giving from Network for Good.
“It probably comes as no surprise to you that December is the biggest month for giving. Between people being in the Holiday Spirit and the U.S. tax deadlines, giving is bound to go up. But what you may not realize is that 15% of December’s donations happen on the 31st of the month. And if you break that down even further, there is a peak giving time on that day of 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. That’s a huge chunk of donations being given in a small window of time.
2. Nonprofits: Is your website mobile-ready? from Socialbrite. If you are using wordpress for your website, there is a plug-in that you can use to optimizes WordPress sites for mobile devices: WP-Touch and WPtouch Pro.
With use of smartphones exploding, this is now a must-have in today’s marketplace. Morgan Stanley analyst Mary Meeker predicts that within the next five years “more users will connect to the Internet over mobile devices than desktop PCs.”
3. As your needs change, how do you communicate them to your advisors/boards…from Susan C. Hammond: Five Ways to Manage Expectations
It’s imperative to be clear on what you want and need from advisors/board members and how to address changing needs. Remember many people agree to serve on an advisory board with the understanding there is no expectation to provide hands-on assistance.
4. Jumo.com, is the new social network for causes and nonprofits created by Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, Beth’s Blog gives A First Look at Jumo about the new site, and NonProfit Tech 2.0 writes about: HOW TO: Add Your Nonprofit to Jumo (and Why You Should)
From Beth’s Blog;
Jumo helps connects people with issues and organizations on the first rung of the ladder of engagement, but the challenge will be how to cultivate relationships to bring people up that ladder to higher levels of engagement and involvement – from following and connecting to making donations to making change offline.
5. An article from the New York Times something we should keep an eye on: Nonprofits Fear Losing Tax Benefit
With the federal government struggling to regain control over the nation’s deficit, a debate is emerging over the charitable deduction and other tax policies that support nonprofit groups.