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Bits & Pieces: Ending Violence Against Women, Nonprofit overhead, & More

By Rachel L. West, MSW, LMSW
The Political Social Worker

From ending violence against women to how we judge nonprofit impact; these are a few of the bits and pieces that caught my eye this week:

DV is a Risk to Women’s Health
The World Health Organization has a new report out on gender based violence.  Some are calling for domestic violence to be considered as much a health risk as smoking.  You can learn more here.

on Wednesday Social Work Helper hosted a special chat on violence against women.  The chat came about after social work professor Crystal Hayes disclosed that she was a survivor of sexual abuse.  Her class joined in the live Twitter Chat that looked to explore solutions to ending violence against women.

You can read Professor Hayes interview with Social Work Helper here.  The transcript of the chat can be found on storify.

The Overhead Myth
After a recent study was published on the worst charities in America there has been outcry from some in the nonprofit sector.  The report that was a joint venture between the Tampa Time and the Center for Investigative Reports focused on the amount raised by solicitors, amount paid to solicitors and the percent spent on direct cash aid.

Some are worried that there is too much focus on numbers that tell very little about the actual impact nonprofits are having in the communities they serve.  Now the BBB, GuideStar, and Charity Navigator are starting a campaign to fight the misconception about overhead. You can read their joint statement here.

DIgital Radio Station for Parents of Special Needs Children
This coming Monday Social Work Chats by Social Work Helper will welcome guest expert Marianne Russo.  Mariann is Founder and President of the Coffee Klatch, an online radio network that airs programs that explore issues important to parents of special needs children.

I want to give parents what I so dearly needed and did not have when I started on my journey, the empowerment of confidence and hope.  It is my intent to bring my listeners the tools and information to not only accept and understand your child’s diagnosis, but to educate parents on special education law, digging out of the trenches and the true meaning of advocacy.

You can learn more about Marianne and the Coffee Klatch by reading the interview I did with her here. The chat will start at 8PM EST on Twitter. To participate use hashtag #SWUnited.

photo credit: sarowen via photopin cc

Posted by Rachel L. West

In addition to being the founder of The Political Social Worker blog, I am a consultant. My consulting practice offers advocacy and community outreach solutions to nonprofits, social good organizations, and private practitioners. Additionally, I offer career coaching to macro social work students and professionals.

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