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Weekend Link Roundup (June 13-14, 2015)

June 14, 2015

Bigstock-graduation-cap-diplomaOur weekly roundup of noteworthy items from and about the social sector. For more links to great content, follow us on Twitter at @pndblog....

Criminal Justice

On the BMAfunders.org site, Shawn Dove, CEO of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, argues that mass incarceration of young men and boys of color "is a symptom of a larger disease that is prevalent both before and after arrest and imprisonment occur." 

Fundraising

A new report from Crain’s New York Business, in partnership with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, finds that 57 percent of respondents to a spring 2014 survey said they expected to raise more in 2014 than in 2013, while a majority — 52 percent (compared to 29 percent in 2013) — said their organizations planned to hire development staff in 2015 to take advantage of the more generous giving climate.

"Generation Z, the heirs to the digital empire built by Generation X and expanded by Millennials, is made up of people who don’t just spend time online — they live there," writes Beth Kanter on her blog. "And despite their youth... kids in Generation Z are regularly rocking social media for social good. Well-informed, constantly connected, and more tech-confident than your aunt Jan, they're taking on the world's problems, one online fundraiser at a time.

Governance

Where do nonprofit boards fall short? The Nonprofit Law Blog's Erin Bradrick shares some thoughts.

Impact/Effectiveness

On her Social Velocity blog, Nell Edgington chats with Mary Winkler, senior research associate with the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute, about measurement as a "necessary practice" for nonprofit organizations, the difference between measurement and evaluation, and the challenge inherent in finding funding for measurement work. 

Journalism/Media

We're doomed. Millennials have no patience for traditional media and are getting their information about the world from Facebook and other social media platforms that rely on algorithms to filter individual user feeds to maximize engagement (and ad dollars). Nothing could be worse for the health of our democracy, right? Well, maybe not, writes Nikki Usher, an assistant professor at George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs and a Tow Fellow at Columbia, on the Columbia Journalism Review site.

Nonprofits

On LinkedIn, Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation, outlines five millennial-driven trends that will revive the nonprofit sector over the next five years.

Philanthropy

Big Short hedge fund manager John Paulson made news earlier in this month when he made a $400 million gift to Harvard (the largest in that storied institution's history). The announcement of Paulson's gift was followed by outraged commentary deriding it as just one more sign that America's oligarchs are out of touch and out to lunch, including this piece by Mary Ellen McIntire and Colleen Murphy in the Chronicle of Higher Education detailing what Paulson's gift could've bought.

But Stephen Hoffman, an adjunct associate professor at Harvard, explains on Vox why Paulson's gift is a good thing.

In the UK, the Founders Pledge has launched "a platform where entrepreneur [tech] founders will commit to donate a minimum 2 percent of their personal proceeds to social causes following an exit," TechCrunch reports.

Inside Philanthropy founder David Callahan's op-ed in the New York Times ("Who Will Watch the Charities?") on May 30 continues to generate push-back from practitioners and leaders in the sector (including this from Center for Effective Philanthropy president Phil Buchanan). On Thursday, Nina Stack, president of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers, joined the fray with a post on the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation blog calling Callahan's piece "ill-informed and at worst disingenuous." Not one to be deterred, Callahan responded to his critics with a followup post on the IP site urging leaders in the sector "to get ahead of the curve amid growing scrutiny and new calls for reform."

Philanthropy 2173's Lucy Bernholz was back this week with two new pieces on philanthropy policy: this one urging philanthropy and philanthropic leaders to spend more time on digital policy issues; and a second questioning whether all the talk  about new technologies and democracy is actually helping to create a healthier democracy.

And on the Hewlett Foundation's Work in Progress blog, Larry Kramer, the foundation's president, applauds the Ford Foundation's announcement that is going all in to address inequality and its renewed commitment to "a concerted effort to support stronger, more sustainable, and more durable organizations" by making "larger, longer-term grants that can be used more flexibly."

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

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