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Summer Reading Recommendations

by Molly O'Connell

If you are like me, you are drowning in e-newsletters that you signed up for with good intentions, but struggle to get through each day/week/month, dooming many to be flagged to read later in that mythical downtime you’re expecting to have any day now. (Except, of course, for the NonprofitMaine Weekly, which we know you open religiously, right?)

So, what should you make time to read?

With so many terrific, free options out there, I asked my MANP colleagues to share which newsletters they find most consistently valuable to help us all prioritize our e-news reading during these busy summer days.

MANP’s Make-Time-For-This Newsletter Recommendations

  • Nonprofit Quarterly’s Newswire aggregates information and stories about issues facing the nonprofit sector, which keeps me aware of and connected to overarching trends, challenges and opportunities. (Scott Schnapp, Executive Director)
  • National Council of Nonprofits Advocacy Matters eNews provides timely updates on both federal policy issues and trends in state policy making, as well as tips on advocacy strategy and messaging for proposed policies that pose threats to nonprofits. The Chronicle of Philanthropy also has several free newsletters (in addition to their fee-based magazine) which feature articles and research on current nonprofit issues and all aspects of nonprofit management. (Brenda Peluso, Director of Operations + Public Policy)
  • Blue Avocado, magazine of American Nonprofits, bills itself as “practical, provocative and fun food-for-thought for nonprofits.” I always open it for the great governance topics, and because everything is told with humor. I read it to remind myself that nonprofit work doesn’t always have to be heavy and overwhelming, even though it can often feel like it’s just that. (Jessica Lantos, Membership + Communications Manager)
  • Idealware’s monthly eNews features new resources and upcoming trainings and webinars on technology topics that are often relevant to our members, such as social media, software selection, and online communication.  Their Best of the Web round-up is a great snapshot of good technology articles from other sources, too. (Katrina Ruffner, Program Manager)
  • The Duck Call, Big Duck NYC’s e-newsletter, is full of useful links and quick tips on nonprofit communications, and their comedic writing and short blurbs keep me reading. Plus, they are very up-to-date on changes with Facebook and Twitter, which is especially helpful and interesting. (Laura DePonio, Administrative Coordinator)
  • And for my part, I read and admire all of the above, and would add M+R Research Labs, whose e-newsletter covers online advocacy, fundraising and social media in clever, often funny, well-researched ways.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of useful, free e-newsletters. What are your favorites? Share them in the comments!

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