Feb 8, 2007

Three Nonprofit Newsletters

Here are three Nonprofit eNewsletters I read.

1. tm Consulting Services HR eNewsletter:

I have no idea how I got subscribed to this eNewsletter, however Ted Medeiros, an nonprofit HR expert in California provides helpful HR tips and resources that I can apply and use in my nonprofit. His HR tips are helpful for nonprofits outside of California too.

In Ted’s recent eNewsletter he shared about the new California labor laws reported by the HR California Extra, on October 19, 2006. "SB-1613—This law provides that, effective July 1, 2008, it is illegal to drive a motor vehicle while using a wireless telephone, unless that telephone is designed and configured to allow hands-free listening and talking operation, and is used in that manner while driving. This offense would be punishable by a fine of $20 for a first offense and $50 for each subsequent offense. This does not apply to a person who is using the cellular telephone to contact a law enforcement agency or other public safety entity for emergency purposes, or to an emergency services professional while he or she operates an authorized emergency vehicle."

Although this is only a California law, it will be interesting to see if other states pass or have passed similar laws. Thanks for the heads up Ted! How does this new law apply to nonprofits? One example—I used to work for an organization that had volunteers drive rental cars for the organization. Things could possibly get sticky for my previous nonprofit if their volunteers break this cell phone law.

2. Grassroots Fundraising Journal eNewsletter:

Kim Klein, editor of the Grassroots Fundraising Journal is famous in the nonprofit sector. She and her partner Stephanie Roth are well known fundraising experts. Since I’ve worked in nonprofits for so many years, I am used to getting resources for free. So, I haven’t spent the money to subscribe to the actual Grassroots Fundraising Journal, but I do like the free eNewsletter that the Grassroots Fundraising Journal sends out. My favorite part of the eNewsletter is the, "’Dear Kim Klein’ Fundraising Q&A Column." In the column, Kim provides helpful answers to practical fundraising questions. We can all relate to these questions because they come from nonprofit professionals—people like you and me.

Kim and Stephanie also post a variety of free articles from their actual Grassroots Fundraising Journal on their website.

3. Idealware’s Nonprofit Software Reviews eNewsletter:

I just love receiving Idealware’s eNewsletters! Idealware provides reviews of nonprofit software. My favorite review that Laura has done so far is her, "A Few Good Accounting Packages." I know that I can speak about using Quickbooks, which many nonprofits use too, however Laura’s review lists the majority of nonprofit accounting software packages available as well as detailed information about each product. Laura also has done reviews about databases—I wish I had known about her database review when I was trying to select a database for the previous nonprofit I worked for!!

(This article is taken from my Nonprofit Operations inaugural eNewsletter-Three Things!) Disclosure: Idealware is fiscally sponsored by Aspiration.

Gunner and the Aspiration team have been an incredible inspiration and resource for us at OpenNews. From facilitating at events like MozFest, we learned about inclusive, engaging, collaborative event design that has shaped our own event SRCCON and influenced the community we serve in journalism.

Erika Owens, OpenNews
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