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FOOD FOR THOUGHT News, information, opinion, and online resources for the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley Nonprofit Community and beyond. Home of the nonprofit comic strip "Planet 501(c)(3)...see the link toward the end of the issue. A publication of CompassPoint Nonprofit Services http://www.compasspoint.org Chef/Editor: Cristina Chan. Monday, October 30, 2000, Vol. 5, No. 15 Our Motto: "Think Globally...Eat Locally" * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * In the Oct. 15 San Francisco Sunday Chronicle, columnist Joan Ryan followed up on a story she wrote appealing to readers to give to a cause she had learned about in Kenya (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2000/10/1 5/SC36868.DTL ). Many readers (including my mom) read the column and sent money. However, many of the checks that were sent to this non-US based charity were intercepted (including my mom's check), changed and cashed for higher amounts (some as high as $9,000), and were never used to help people in Kenya. There are undoubtedly lessons here about the power of "celebrity" appeals and doing due diligence before making donations. A problem like this can sour potential donors from giving to anyone, so it's a reminder to consider educating our current and potential donors on how to protect their charitable investments. Perhaps invite donors to research your organization on Guidestar (http://www.guidestar.org) or to request a copy of your Form 990. You could also note that in addition to regular checks you can also accept cashier's checks (the surest way to protect from check fraud) and remind donors to write out your organization's whole name on the check. An ounce of prevention never hurts, right? Also in this issue, some Web site resources, two sabbatical opportunities, donor prospect advice and more. - Cristina Chan * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * GET THE WORD OUT: REGISTER NOW FOR MEDIA DAY Register for CompassPoint's popular Media Day conference before it sells out! This year's event is on Dec. 8 at the Silicon Valley Conference Center in San Jose. Get advice on how to boost your organization's profile in the Bay Area and beyond from John Boudreau of the San Jose Mercury News, KGO's Thuy Vu, KNTV's Linton Johnson and other media professionals from TV, print, radio, web and wire. Attend a few of the 15 workshops for training on topics like "Ways to Woo the Media," "Online Media and PR," "Crisis Communications," "Strategic Media Planning," and "Fundraising & Support for Your Communications." Or take advantage of free individual consultations with one of our 15 PR Pros. And don't forget to check out our Resource Exhibitors, where you'll find Silicon Valley's top media services, resources, and outlets. Media Day 2000 is sponsored in part by the San Jose Mercury News and supported by the Community Foundation Silicon Valley. To register or for more information, call 408.248.9505 or go to http://www.compasspoint.org. SABBATICAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR ACTIVISTS ï The Bannerman Foundation Fellowship Program funds grants of $15,000 to support sabbaticals for long-time activists of color. Application deadline: Dec. 1. Download an application at http://www.bannermanfellowship.org/ or call 410.327.6220. ï Vanguard Public Foundation is accepting applications for its Social Justice Sabbatical Fund for individuals who have committed much of their life's work to building a more just and equitable society. Four $12,000 grants will be awarded. Deadline: Dec. 15. Call 415.487.2111 for more info. Both foundations allow recipients to use their sabbaticals in whatever way they think will best re-energize them for their work. MANAGING YOUR WEB DEVELOPMENT PROCESS Want to know what to look for when hiring a Web site designer? Coyote Communications has just updated their tip sheet at http://www.coyotecommunications.com/webdevo/designer.html. For instance, to keep your Web designer costs at a minimum, Coyote recommends creating a file on your computer for Web material and putting text-only versions of information you want on your Web site into this folder. You'll then have this information ready to give to your Web developer, and he or she won't have to spend time (or charge you) to convert this into text for your site. SEARCHING FOR YOUR WEB SITE Also, as your Web site grows, you may want to consider adding a search engine to allow your visitors to find what they are looking for more easily. Your Web hosting company may offer you a search engine, or you can consult this excellent article from Webmonkey, "Adding Search to Your Site," which lists some of the free search engine options and describes how they work. Visit http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey and then Choose Topic "Marketing" to find the article. EVALUATING APPLICATION SERVICE PROVIDERS A new Internet-based industry has risen that is reinventing the way organizations conduct business. Known as Application Service Providers (ASPs) these Web sites can host many traditional software applications like development software, list management, database hosting, accounting, word processing, spreadsheets, and much more. As a nonprofit leader, you should know the advantages and limitations of working with this fast growing industry to best address your agency's ever pressing technology needs. Learn all about ASPs at "Evaluating Internet Application Service Providers" on Nov. 7, 8:30am-12:30pm at Golden Gate University. Presented by John Kenyon, Information Technology Director at The Management Center, and Michael Stein, Internet Strategist at CompassPoint. ASPs to be reviewed include: entango.com, seeuthere.com, centerbeam.com, locuspocus.net, localvoice.com, and socialecology.com. Cost: $50. Contact Erin Robbins at email@example.com or 415.399.2651 for registration information. Or visit http://www.tmcenter.org/programs/techskill.html. WINNING OR WANING PROSPECTS? Fundraiser Kim Klein offers this advice on when to give up on a potential donor: solicit a prospect at least twice, but at the most 3 to 4 times over the course of 12-18 months. If they don't respond during that timeframe, take them off your list. Kim estimates that it takes at least $2 to $3 a year in paper, postage, time, etc. to send solicitations to a prospect. So if they're not responding, use that money to instead research and cultivate new prospects. Read more of Kim's advice at the Chardon Press Web site at http://www.chardonpress.com/newsletter/advice.html and click on either the "Articles" or "Ask Kim Archive" links. Be prepared to learn something new about fundraising! SEEKING EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS... ï Conciliation Forums of Oakland. Contact: Search Committee, CFO, 1222 Preservation Park Way, Oakland, 94612. Fax 510.763.7098. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. ï Project Inform, San Francisco. For more information contact: Executive Search, Project Inform, 205 13th Street, Ste. 2001, SF, 94103. http://www.projectinform.org. ï Volunteer Center of San Mateo County. Resume/letter of interest to: Executive Search, Volunteer Center of San Mateo Co, 800 S. Claremont St, Suite 108, San Mateo 94402; fax 650.342.1399. For job description, contact 650.342.0801 or email@example.com. FUNDING FUTURE ENTREPRENEURS The Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Learning at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation will award $25,000 grants to nonprofits for developing and implementing entrepreneurship programs for college students. Internships are to be designed to expose students to social entrepreneurs trying to solve societal problems. To receive an application, write Kauffman Enterprise Internship Program, 4801 Rockhill Rd, Kansas City, MO, 64110- 2046, email KEIP@emkf.org or download from the Web site at http://www.keip.org. (Deadline early December). KEIP is also awarding $100,000 grants to for-profits through the same program. The question is, though, why will for-profits get grants that are 4 times larger than those to nonprofits? FIRST TRY FOR FIRST GOV Http://www.firstgov.gov is the recently launched Web site of the federal government that allows users comprehensive access to government sites and resources on the Internet. As the FirstGov welcome, from none other than Bill Clinton himself, states: "FirstGov allows users... to conduct important business online - such as applying for student loans, tracking Social Security benefits, comparing Medicare options and even administering government grants and contracts." Check it out. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES FOR EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS If you're an Executive Director and curious about career options, this article by Ben Shatz, former Executive Director and current fabulous drag queen headed for Broadway, will surely show that it's never too late to try on something new - whether it's a dress or a new career. Read his story at http://www.salon.com/health/feature/2000/10/17/drag_queen/index.html. IN THIS INSTALLMENT OF PLANET 501(c)3... Just in time for Halloween, "Previews from the Film Festival of Nonprofit Horror" at http://www.planet501c3.org. COMING UP AT COMPASSPOINT... San Francisco Workshops ï SF's Nov.-Feb. workshop catalog is now available on our Web site at http://www.compasspoint.org. Brochures will reach your office by mid November. Call 415.541.9000 if you'd like a registration form faxed to you. ï If you can't make our financial management conference on Nov. 3, but wish you knew more about the language of numbers, sign up for Introduction to Nonprofit Financial Management on Nov. 20. ï What does the community think about your organization's work? Learn how to put your best face forward at Strategic Media Planning: Mission, Messages, Impact on Nov. 21. PHABULOUS PUMPKIN SOUP Margaret Donohoe, Transition Consultant for CompassPoint's Silicon Valley Executive Transitions Program offers this very timely recipe for Fall Pumpkin Soup - a simple and healthy idea for Halloween eve or fall dinner that will impress kids and adults alike. Saute 1/2 half minced onion with 1 clove minced garlic and 2 T of olive oil. Add one 29 oz can of pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling). Spoon in 1/2 c of smooth or chunky peanut butter. Stir in 20 to 30 oz. of canned chicken broth depending on thickness desired. Top with a spoon of sour cream and minced green onions. For a special effect, add 1-3 T of milk to sour cream and put into a cookie-decorating container and make 2-3 circles on top of the soup. Cut circles with a knife every 3 inches for spider web effect. 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