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Weekly Round-Up: Social Media Resources, a Top 10 List, and a Remarkable Response

Posted by ServeNext Staff on June 22, 2011

Residents of tornado-ravaged Joplin, MO show their gratitude to volunteers

Some interesting recent articles to check out:

1. Social media, such as blogging and social networks like Facebook and Twitter, definitely has become a key resource for nonprofit organizations and individuals seeking support for a cause.  In this podcast, Tracy Viselli of Action Alexandria in Alexandria, VA, and Aaron Steinberg, social media manager at SAR Academy in the Bronx, NY, discuss how to maximize the effectiveness of online fundraising campaigns using social networks.

2. Rosetta Thurman shares her list of the top 10 young bloggers in the nonprofit world.  Thurman recommends subscribing to these blogs “as a guide to what’s happening in the social change space.”  Indeed, these young bloggers have a wealth of insight and experience to offer from their experiences in nonprofit management, public service, and social media, as well as from their personal lives.

3. The Corporation for National and Community Service’s blog at serve.gov covers the tireless efforts of AmeriCorps volunteers from St. Louis who promptly responded to the emergency in Joplin, MO, after one of the deadliest tornadoes in history swept through the town and left it devastated.  From the article: “I pushed more volunteers your way than maybe I should have. But I had the understanding that I could trust your operation. It appears I was right,” said Missouri governor Jay Nixon in response to the 23,032 AmeriCorps members who came to the town’s rescue as early as twelve hours after the deadly tornado.

4. For those who are passionate about public service but who lack the financial resources to pursue further education or pay off student loans, this article proposes three helpful solutions.

5. An article from the Philanthropy Journal gives us the value of volunteer service calculated in dollar form.  According to the study by Independent Sector cited in the article, the value of an hour of volunteer service in the U.S. has grown from $20.85 in 2009 to $21.36 in 2010.

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