The Weekly Balance Sheet: August 23

A list of great articles I’ve read and posted to Twitter between August 16 – August 22, 2010. This week’s topics include: Governance, Strategy & Fundraising; Social Media & Internet; Jewish & Israeli (Nonprofit) News; and Potpourri.

Tizku Lemitzvot,


Governance, Strategy & Fundraising

"Empty Wallet" by Nohodamon“Wealthy Continue to Show Economy’s Strains”
Author: Holly Hall
Site: The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Via: Gail Perry (@GailPerrync)
Comments: A new study highlights 5 donor trends, including: shifting support to local orgs & focus on measured results.


  • “15 Ways to Improve Grantee Communication at Your Foundation” Link: (via RT @pndblog)
  • “The Effect of the Economy on the Nonprofit Sector: A June 2010 Survey” 7000 nonprofits and foundations participated in the survey. Link:
  • “Profiting from Nonprofits” What businesses can learn from the nonprofit sector. Link: (via @AlisonRapping @TheLeaderLab)
  • “Evaluating Charitable Organizations” One website summarizes and compares 2 websites that evaluate charities, Charity Navigator and American INstitute of Philanthropy. Link: (via @charitynav)
  • “Tweets of the Week” on the Nonprofit Law Blog by Gene Takagi. Some great articles and great nonprofit professionals. Link:
  • “Ebook on How Nonprofit Can Raise More Money” Network for Good published a free eBook with 50 tips detailing how nonprofits can raise more cash. Link: (via @johnhaydon)

Social Media & Internet

"Dave's Bike Tools" by Bre“What Tools Do You Use for Making Your Nonprofit’s Social Media Use Efficient?”
Author: Beth Kanter (@kanter)
Site: Beth’s Blog
Comments: Stop wasting time! Tools 2 help nonprofits make social media use more efficient.


  • “ROI Doesn’t Mean ‘Return on Ignorance’” Measuring & analyzing social media (aka R-O-I) will soon take center stage. Link: (via @purplehayz)
  • “Can Google Get Social Networking Right?” The company has many social projects, but may struggle to improve on Facebook. (via @GuyKawasaki)

Jewish & Israel (Nonprofit) News

"Odd One Out!" by Pamela B.“Op-Ed: The Need for ‘Followership’ Programs”
Author: Sandy Cardin
Site: JTA
Comments: Jewish Programs are Changing: Less leadership programs and more inclusive programs needed.  “We must remember, it’s not about us, it’s about what is happening.”


  • “The Best Way to Reach Israel’s Registrar of Charities (?)” Trying to contact them? Organizations and consultants weigh in. Link:
  • “July Inflation Surprisingly Low at 0.5%” Bank of Israel Governor expected not to raise interest rates for the upcoming month. Link:
  • “You Call that a Penthouse?” Interesting insights into the luxery real estate market in Israel. Link:
  • “Internet Prices in Israel soon to be cut by 50%!” (HEBREW) Link: (heb) (via @inbalhotel)
  • “Israeli Economy Surprises with Pace of Growth” (via @jtanews)


“10 Ways to Know You Were Born to Be an Accountant” This one is just for fun. Link: (via @NAFund@sagenonprofit)

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