Sunday, January 13, 2013

Free Resource, "Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2013" Comes Highly Recommended For Your Organization's Welfare This Year

Are you a nonprofit fundraiser interested in learning for free what to expect in 2013 from a talented expert?  Well, Grantcraft's free publication, Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2013 a free download .PDF, will give you just that. 

About Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2013, its web page explains,

"The Foundation Center and the European Foundation Centre are pleased to partner with (its author) Lucy (Bernholz, Ph.D.) to offer the Blueprint as a GrantCraft guide. The Blueprint provides an overview of the current landscape, points to major trends, and directs your attention to horizons where you can expect some important breakthroughs in the coming year.
  • What Is the Social Economy?
  • Insight: Big Shifts that Matter
  • Foresight: Predictions for 2013
  • Hindsight: Previous Forecasts
  • Glimpses of the Future"
In order to download it for free, you simply have to provide Grantcraft with your interests in grants, zip code, name, professional affiliation, and e-mail address.  They ask you whether you wish to receive e-mail from them (and if you don't wish to, you can indicate this and they will not e-mail you).

Allowing the reader to research further, plan, and potentially make their organization more nimble in this new year, this free booklet explains what is likely going to occur in 2013 that will specifically effect nonprofits and philanthropy such as: new possible philanthropy or nonprofit legislation and taxation; what current grant donors are expecting from the nonprofits that they grant to (and why); how common grant application processes will be used more often; available streamlined 990 data for research; better grants, nonprofit performance metrics reporting; a common nonprofit performance metric; an easier mode for nonprofits to partner up; implementation of a unified unique nonprofit identifier; and equally as important - a good list of the latest, free, nonprofit (and board) resources online from some of the most respected professional nonprofit websites and affiliations.  Besides making readers aware of the latest actually helpful, professional, free, nonprofit tools online, Bernholz provides the data and logic behind each of her predictions and findings. 

Frankly, the fact that The Foundation Center is both involved in its publication and is recommending it on their home web page not only provides the Blueprint with credibility but indicates how important it is that nonprofits and philanthropists read it to understand our current climate and potentially what's ahead of us this year.

This free booklet could be a very important planning and implementation resource for whatever nonprofit you raise funds for, and its director and board.

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