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Weekend Link Roundup (May 9-10, 2015)

May 10, 2015

TulipsOur weekly roundup of noteworthy items from and about the social sectorFor more links to great content, follow us on Twitter at @pndblog....

Climate Change

According to a report from the Asian Development Bank, the battle against climate change is likely to be won or lost in Asia's expanding megacities, which are poised to contribute more than half the rise in global greenhouse gas emissions over the next twenty years.

In a Q&A with the Nature Conservancy's Mark Tercek, Jerry Taylor, of the Niskanen Center, makes the conservative case for a tax on carbon tax. 

Corporate Philanthropy

On the Tech Crunch site, Kim-Mai Cutler reports on Salesforce Foundation head Suzanne DiBianca's efforts to spread the San Francisco-based cloud-based computing company's "1-1-1" philanthropic model" -- in which 1 percent of the company’s equity is set aside for philanthropic donations, 1 percent of employee time is earmarked for volunteering, and 1 percent of its products and services are donated to nonprofits -- to the tech startup scene in New York City.

Data Visualization

On the Fast.co Design site, Mark Wilson, founder of Philanthroper.com, reports  that the days of the truly creative infographic are over, killed -- like so much else -- by the smartphone, which now accounts for roughly 50 percent of the traffic on the World Wide Web.

Disaster Relief

Be sure to check out the report in The New Yorker by Prasant Jha, an associate editor at the Hindustan Times and a visiting fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study of India at the University of Pennsylvania, on the scale of the devastation in and around Kathmandu, the sprawling capital city of Nepal, which was struck by a magnitude 7.8 earthquake on April 25.  Elsewhere, the Asian Philanthropy Forum shares some helpful advice and a list of NGOs currently on the ground in Nepal, which will be dealing with the consequences of the disaster for weeks, months, and years to come.

Education

What does it really mean to support teachers? Writing on the Hewlett Foundation blog, Jacqueline Nadar, a fellow in the foundation's Education program, shares some thoughts.

Higher Education

Houston, we have a problem. The Wall Street Journal's Jeffrey Sparshott reports on an analysis by Mark Kantrowitz, publisher at Edvisors, a group of websites about planning and paying for college, which finds that the class of 2015 is the most indebted ever. According to Kantrowitz, newly minted graduates with student loan debt are on the hook for, on average, more than $35,000, while the average amount owed by parents who've taken out loans to pay for a child’s education is $30,867, up from $29,684 in 2014.

International Affairs/Development

Has a booming and increasingly assertive India adopted a new policy toward high-profile NGOs and big foundations? The Economic Times of India reports.

Philanthropy

Who runs the country's biggest foundations? The Center for Effective Philanthropy's Jen Cole and Phil Buchanan break it down.

Reeling from state government funding cuts, cash-strapped social service agencies in Illinois tell the Chicago Tribune that private philanthropy hasn't come close to making up the difference.

According to the CNBC Millionaire Survey, more than half of Americans with a net worth of $1 million or more plan to leave each of their children $1 million or more, while among those with $5 million or more, 88 percent plan to leave each of their kids at least $1 million and one in five plan to leave their kids at least $100 million.

Atlantic Philanthropies, a limited-life foundation that's on track to become the largest foundation to spend down its endowment and close its doors, has published a new two-volume book titled Laying Foundations for Change: The Capital Investments of the Atlantic Philanthropies. The book, which is available as a free download, features stunning photos shot by Magnum Foundation photographers and essays from a dozen leaders in the field chronicling the impact the foundation's investments have had on health, education, culture, and the livelihood of millions of people.

Are younger wealthy donors more likely to take risks or hold "socially-conscious investments" than older donors? The Guardian's Liza Ramrayka reports.

Poverty

As reported by the New York Times' David Leonhardt, Amanda Cox and Claire Cain Miller, a new study by Harvard economists Raj Chetty and Nathaniel Hendren suggests "that geography does not merely separate rich from poor but also plays a large role in determining which poor children achieve the so-called American dream...."

WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene)

On his Nonprofit Chronicles blog, Marc Gunther profiles a Seattle-based nonprofit by the name of Splash that, according to Gunther, is "a model for water charities, as well as other NGOS, in...its transparency, its commitment to sustainability, its focus and its ultimate goal of becoming obsolete...."

Last but not least, the Water Institute at the University of North Carolina's Gillings School of Global Public Health has issued a new Wash Performance Index report which ranks Pakistan, China, and Nigeria as the top performers (#5, #11, and #18, respectively) among the world's most populous countries, and Russia, the Philippines, and India as the bottom performers (#72, #83, and #92, respectively).

That's it for now. What have you been reading/watching/listening to? Drop us a line at mfn@foundationcenter.org or via the comments box below...

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