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A WIN FOR NONPROFIT MEDIA No nonprofit media outlet has shown more feistiness this year than the Austin Bulldog, an online investigative news website. Founded last year by Ken Martin, an award-winning investigative journalist and serial entrepreneur, the Austin Bulldog had a big hit this spring. In March, it filed lawsuits against the City of Austin, the mayor and each individual city council member for failing to respond to the Bulldog’s requests filed under the Texas Public Information Act. It began with Martin’s one-on-one interviews with each of the city council members. After a couple of those, Martin realized they were discussing meeting agenda items behind closed doors, an alleged violation of the Open Meetings Act. Martin then wondered if they were also e-mailing about the agenda items, and requested access to those emails in January. The city charged him more than $1,000 for the copies and staff time. “The day I got the hard copies,” says Martin, “all the other media got them on disc for free.” But Martin was willing to bear the cost. With the Statesman and others recognizing the Bulldog as a source, Martin says the attention has been great for fundraising. In fact, the Kirk Mitchell Environmental Law Fund recently came forward with a $25,000 challenge grant. “I’m always interested in stepping up to do my part when others may shy away from controversy,” says Mitchell, “and I hope this challenge grant will encourage others to do the same.” “I’ve never had anything that any other journalist didn’t have: a chair, a computer and something to publish my work in,” says Martin. “But I have a knack for finding stories and going after them on my own initiative, whether I’m working for somebody else or for myself.”

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get your game on Get ready: The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Austin is set for its 2011 Do-Gooder Games on May 18. Julie Macalik of YNPN responds.

What are the “Games?” The Do-Gooder Games are designed like a trivia challenge game, although dance-offs and canned-food sorting have been known to occur.

What’s the pot? $500 donated to the winning team’s charity of choice. We also give out the Nonprofiteer of the Year Award.

Who participates? Anyone! The trivia is based on all things nonprofit, but you don’t have to be a nonproiteer or a YNPN member to play.

How can WE support the games? Four ways: 1) Create a team and sign up, 2) nominate someone for Nonprofiteer of the Year, 3) sponsor the event and have your brand showcased to the YNPN community, and 4) attend the event, cheer on a team and watch the hilarity unfold.

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