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Weekend Link Roundup (January 8 - 9, 2011)

January 09, 2011

January_cold Our weekly roundup of new and noteworthy posts from and about the nonprofit sector....

Communications/Marketing

Inspired by the Washington Post's 2011 In/Out List, Network for Good's Katya Andresen shares what's in and out for nonprofits in the New Year. Her list, which was compiled with Mark Rovner of Sea Change Strategies, includes:

In: Metrics that matter
Out: Metrics that are easy to obtain

In: Integrated communications
Out: Multi-channel communications

In: Speaking from the heart
Out: Speaking from the left brain

On her Getting Attention blog, Nancy Schwartz explains why sometimes it's "better not to say (or video) anything at all, than to release a video without meaning."

Disaster Relief

After taking a close look at a number of disaster relief organizations' financial information, GiveWell's Holden Karnofsky concludes that "there is a lot of room for improvement in the information currently available for disaster relief donors, and a lot of room to improve incentives for the major disaster relief organizations to be as transparent and accountable as possible."

Microfinance

On his On the Ground blog, New York Times reporter Nick Kristof wonders whether Bangladesh has it in for Grameen Bank and its founder, Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus. According to Kristof:

The Bangladeshi press has lately been full of denunciations of Yunus. On Tuesday, for example, one Bangladeshi news organization quoted an economist as saying of him: "A lot about him is just myth. [He] had never been selfless in any of his initiatives." Meanwhile the Bangladeshi government has ordered a corruption investigation of Grameen after a Norwegian television documentary raised questions, even though the Norwegian government said there was nothing to the charges. There have also been (false) published reports that Yunus will resign and suggestions that he should retire for reasons of age....

Writing on their Philanthrocapitalism blog, Matthew Bishop and Michael Green argue that "The attack on Mr. Yunus is part of a far wider backlash against microfinance, and businesslike approaches to helping the poor, that we predict will grow around the world this year. Grameen Bank," they add, "is the poster child for a movement: there is a great deal at stake here for the entire movement, which is at the heart of philanthrocapitalism...."

Philanthropy

On her Philanthropy 2173 blog, Lucy Bernholz shares a list of the top ten philanthropy-related buzzwords that defined the decade just passed.

Social Media

One the Social Citizens blog, Kristin Ivie shares eight social media resolutions for 2011 and asks readers to chime in with suggestions of their own. Her list includes more and deeper listening to others on sites like Twitter, trying something new to see what you might be missing, and thinking before you post anything in order to avoid taking "a ride on the oversharing train."

That's it for now. What did we miss? Drop us a line at rnm@foundationcenter.org and have a great week!

(Photo credit: MadChicken)

-- Regina Mahone

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