The LinkedIn for Nonprofits Weekly Digest

The LinkedIn for Nonprofits Weekly Digest

It’s Friday, and you know what that means—it’s time for another LinkedIn for Nonprofits Weekly Digest! This week, we’ve compiled two new reports for nonprofit professionals exploring human rights issues and institutional trust respectively.

You’ll also discover insightful articles exploring board diversity and the importance of letting constituents’ experiences guide nonprofit management. Plus, you’ll find a round-up of free tools that can help your team do more with less. 

Here are five must-read articles and reports for nonprofits this week:

1. A trajectory of trends in Advancing Human Rights (Candid)

Candid and Human Rights Funders Network have released the latest edition of their annual Advancing Human Rights report, which this year analyzes key findings from the human rights funding landscape of 2018 (the latest year for which complete data on foundation funding is available). The report shares context for many of the issues still faced around the world today and provides insights into the trajectory of human rights trends. 

2. Trust in Civil Society 2021 Report (Independent Sector)

In the nonprofit sector, no asset is as valuable as trust. Independent Sector’s second annual Trust in Civil Society report explores the factors driving trust in nonprofits and philanthropy in the U.S. and raises important questions about why institutional trust is declining.

3. To change up nonprofit boards, change the rules (Crain’s Chicago Business)

Many nonprofits are working to improve the diversity of their boards to better reflect the communities they serve—but ingrained practices may be holding their efforts back. Nina Sanchez, executive director of Enrich Chicago, an alliance that aims to increase diversity across all levels of arts organizations, suggests two board traditions that nonprofits may want to reconsider.

4. Putting Participants at the Center of Managing and Leading Nonprofits (Stanford Social Innovation Review)

The people whose lives are improved by the existence of your nonprofit can bring valuable experience and insight to your organization. Lehn M. Benjamin, an associate professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis who studies nonprofits and their impact, outlines why adjusting management strategies to ensure constituents guide nonprofit operation and governance could open the door for even more meaningful social impact.

5. Summer round-up: free tools for you (Hands-On Fundraising)

When you’re running a nonprofit, every cent counts. To help you stretch your budget further, Hands-On Fundraising has updated its helpful round-up of free tools for 2021. You’ll find handy resources like graphic design tools, office applications, and more.

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