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What You Need To Know
Partnering as a Competitive Advantage
Phil Buchanan, president of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, recently wrote about the bottom line benefits (aka outcomes) of working together in Unlike For-Profits, Nonprofits Succeed by Sharing the Work and the Glory
. Emphasizing uniqueness isn’t necessarily consistent with maximizing impact, says Buchanan.
At the same time, the authors of Why Nonprofit Mergers Continue to Lag (Stanford Social Innovation Review, Spring 2014) explore the three issues that sink many promising mergers: getting the boards aligned, finding roles for senior staff, and blending the brands. The article lays out some practical strategies for keeping collaborations and merger talks on track.
Hungry for more? SSIR and the Bridgespan Group are hosting a webinar on March 11 about Overcoming the Challenges of Nonprofit Mergers.
Free BoardSource for Roundtable Members
A benefit of your Nonprofit Roundtable membership is a complimentary BoardSource membership that can be activated in just a few minutes by completing the application on the Boardsource website.
WRAG and Philanthropy Week in Washington
Tamara Copeland, President of Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, sent an open letter to our region's Congressional delegation yesterday, reminding them of the importance of the charitable tax deduction and of the impact of philanthropy and nonprofits in their local districts.
New To Saving Money On Clean Energy?
Our Nonprofit Energy Alliance is partnering with Groundswell on a spring opportunity to save money while switching to cleaner energy that protects the environment and builds a greener economy. Applications are due March 14th.
To date, over 230 organizations have saved more than $1 million on their energy bills through the Community Power Program and the NPEA. By switching to wind power, we have reduced emissions from gas and coal to take the equivalent of 17,000 cars off the road for one year. Click here to learn more about Groundswell’s Community Power Program. For more info: Contact
or call 202-681-5696.
Use your 990 as a Marketing Tool
Is filing your financial forms a burden? Is it something your accountants prepare and your Treasurer and CFO just sign off on?
Don't let your accountants tell your story.
Hear experts from Aronson LLC and Guidestar discuss how your IRS Form 990 can be a powerful tool to promote your work and attract and retain individual and institutional donors.
When: Wednesday, April 2nd, 9:00 – 11:00am
Where: Nonprofit Village, 12320 Parklawn Dr., Rockville, MD JCA Conference Room
Future Executive Directors Fellowship
The Roundtable is accepting applications for our 2014-15 Future Executive Director Fellowship, a year-long program for accomplished nonprofit professionals who aspire to become executive directors of small or medium-sized community nonprofits. Visit our website to read our program overview and schedule and FAQs.
*Deadline is March 31st
Table for Ten on Capital Campaigns
This two-part Table for Ten for Development Directors on capital campaigns will be facilitated by Mary Robinson, founder of Capacity Partners who has extensive experience with campaigns, feasibility studies and major gifts. Mary understands how to help nonprofits cultivate new funding streams and new funding strategies.
Part I: Tuesday, April 8th 8:30-10:00am
Part II: Tuesday, April 29th, 8:30-10:00am
Where: Nonprofit Village, 12320 Parklawn Drive, Rockville, MD
Blog Posts of the Week
Mark Bergel Named 2014 CNN Hero
Congratulations to Dr. Mark Bergel, the Founder and Executive Director of A Wider Circle, who was recently named a 2014 CNN Hero. In his blog, Mark describes how the award really honors the partnerships and collaborations that have always been core to his work. Read his reflections on how the sector as a whole is made stronger when we work together.
The Misconception about Nonprofit Communications
Allison Carney, the Strategic Communications Manager for the Nonprofit Roundtable, urges nonprofit communicators to change the dialogue about what they really do. Allison writes, "As nonprofit communicators, we do not give a voice to the voiceless; we provide an audience to those who are already speaking." Read the full blog here.
Are you a nonprofit communicator? Then join us for our CommMission: Leveraging Communications event on March 12th or the Nonprofit Communications Networking Happy Hour on March 11th!
In The Community
Montgomery Alliance Grant Applications Due March 12
Montgomery Alliance for Community Giving announces the availability of grants to purchase equipment for client programming purposes. Health and human service nonprofit agencies in Montgomery County are eligible to apply for between $5,000 and $38,000. Click here for the FY2014 grant instructions.
Coming Soon: Virginia Nonprofit Capacity-Building Survey
Nonprofit Virginia is proud to partner with the University of Maryland School of Public Policy to conduct a preliminary assessment of capacity-building needs among nonprofits that work in Virginia. Over the coming weeks, we will circulate this survey to hundreds of nonprofit leaders to learn your perspective on greatest needs and challenges in building and investing in your own organization.
We look forward to your participation in this survey, including sharing it with other networks of nonprofits, to ensure we hear from as many parts of our sector as possible. To learn more about this project, please contact
Member Welcomes and Transitions
Carol Walsh, Executive Director of the Collaboration Council, has announced her retirement effective July 31, 2014. An Executive Search and Transition Committee of the Board will begin recruitment later this month.
Members in the News
Byte Back has been designated the beneficiary of DC design agency nclud’s latest efforts to give back to the community. Event hosts to set a donation amount for which to aim to use nclud’s space instead of paying a fee, In the Capitol reports.
Community Residences has been awarded a $734,000 low-interest loan from the Virginia Housing Trust Fund to support housing for low-income families across Fairfax County, according to the Sun Gazette.
Herndon-Reston FISH (Friendly Instant Sympathetic Help) has hired the first full-time executive director in its 45-year history. Christine Poward comes to FISH with more than two decades of leading health care and nonprofit organizations, Reston Now reports
The Wegman Family Charitable Foundation will match any dollars Buffalo Public Schools bring forward to support the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection this year and over the next two school years, up to a total of $1,000,000, WIVB 4 reports.
Loudon Cares met the terms of their $100,000 challenge grant match, with the final tally amounting to $134,000 and counting, according to Leesburg Today.
Interfaith Works' Companies Caring Breakfast featuring Superintendent Josh Starr and honoring the Nonprofit Roundtable's Barbara Garlock
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