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The Week in Service Highlights

Posted by ServeNext Staff on March 17, 2011

Things have been pretty busy here at ServeNext! In the midst of the Save Service campaign we also hosted our first retreat for our new class of ServeNext Organizers.  It is an awesome group of 15 tremendous leaders from around the country who are deeply passionate about service and ready to take their commitment to the next level by leading grassroots advocacy in their districts/states.  It was a great weekend here in DC and their leadership is critical right now for the service movement.

Remember, the fight to save service continues in the federal budget for FY2011 and soon FY2012.  For updates, visit our action page or the Save Service page.

Here are some recent happenings in the service community:

1.) Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist, has started a new site just for nonprofits called craigconnects which works to connect nonprofits to one another and gain supporters. For more information, read the full article from the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

2.) The Huffington Post just published a great blog post by Rich Tafel, the president of Public Squared. Titled “At the Table, Off the Menu: Nonprofit Advocacy in the Age of Budget Cuts”, the post gives suggestions to nonprofits working in the current fiscal environment.

3.)In the wake of the tsunami and earthquake in Japan, the urge to help is overwhelming, but many worry about where there money is actually going. Saundra Schimmelpfenning, the founder of The Charity Rater, LLC offers 15 great strategies for effective giving in the aftermath of a tragedy.

4.) This year, the National Conference on Volunteering and Service is June 6-8 in New Orleans Louisiana. This past week on the National Service blog, Delores Morton who provides strategic direction for the conference talked about some exciting developments for this year.

5.) Yesterday, Google launched a new application process for nonprofits who are looking for access to their free suite of programs including up to $10,000 a month in advertising on Google AdWords, free or discounted Google Apps to cut IT costs and operate more efficiently, premium features for YouTube and mapping technologies to raise awareness of your cause. Idealist provides a comprehensive overview on their blog.

Have a great week and stayed tuned for more highlights!

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