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Welcome to Wednesday, folks! A handful of non-profit news to follow …

Revamping the Teaching Profession: Investing in teachers from the very beginningThe Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania has an extensive post on the “the importance of investing in high-quality teachers from the very beginning of their careers [...] Investing in the early preparation and support of high-quality teaching candidates [...] is an area where individual philanthropic capital can play a critical role.” Among the results of several such support models? “The retention rates for the three founding programs represent an improvement of 66% to 84% over the national five-year retention rate of 50%.”

Re-envisioning No Child Left Behind, and What It Means for Arts Education — Over at Createquity, Jennifer Kessler provides a detailed analysis of what President Obama’s ‘Blueprint for Reform: the Re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and what it all could signify for the future of arts education in public schools. She explains that “the biggest shift presented by Obama’s proposal is that … the government offers incentives in the form of grants to people doing the best work” and will encourage “a new investment in improving teaching and learning in all content areas.” But are all “content areas” given equal resources?

How to Communicate in the Shadow of the Japanese Disaster — Over at the Getting Attention! non-profit marketing blog, Nancy E. Schwartz asks, “what is the place of non-profit communications in the wake of disaster, particularly when this most recent crisis of epic proportions … is rightly dominating our minds and conversations, as well as the media?” She then offers a few succinct guidelines, which vary depending on an organization’s role in disaster relief. For example, for non-profits that are involved in relief fundraising, but do not provide direct services on the ground, communications should be “proactive and specific in conveying the process for distributing donations and where/how/when the money will be spent.”

Two-Thirds of Surveyed Charities Report Fundraising Results Held Steady or Improved – According to The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, “a majority of charities surveyed saw their fundraising revenue remain stable or increase last year, according to the 2010 Year-End Survey of the Nonprofit Research Collaborative, a coalition of six fundraising and philanthropic organizations.” While giving did not completely rebound to pre-recession levels, “twenty-four percent saw stable amounts of giving in 2010, compared to just 11 percent at the end of the year in 2009.”

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