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Weekend Link Roundup (July 25-26, 2015)

July 26, 2015

Dog_days_summerOur 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

The people who credit mass incarceration for reducing crime in the United States have it all wrong, writes Allison Schrager in Quartz.

Democracy

In advance of National Voter Registration Day on September 22, Independent Sector, the National Council of Nonprofits, Nonprofit VOTE, and United Way Worldwide have launched Nonprofit Votes Count, a national campaign aimed at encouraging every eligible nonprofit staff member and volunteer to register and vote.

Disabilities

Sunday is the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the ADA National Network and its ten regional centers  have out together a nice tool kit to mark the occasion.

Education

The folks at Vox have posted a new explainer on the Common Core.

Global Health

On the NowStand4 site, Grant Trahant interviews Andrea Tamburini, CEO of Action Against Hunger, about his organization's efforts to treat malnutrition and end hunger around the globe.

With the goal of helping PEPFAR (President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) in its ongoing efforts to increase data transparency and general participation in the COP process, amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, has launched a PEPFAR Country/Regional Operational Plans (COPs/ROPs) database featuring planned funding reported in publicly released 2007-2014 country and regional operational plans

International Affairs/Development

With support from the Bernard Van Leer Foundation, Foundation Center has developed an interactive map that shows foundation and bilateral/multilateral funding flows for early childhood development efforts in East Africa.

Can the fragmented impact investment industry overcome its barriers and become a real force for good against poverty, hunger, and climate change? Alison Moodie reports for the Guardian.

Jake Bright has a nice piece in Tech Crunch on the burgeoning tech scene in sub-Saharan Africa.

Journalism/Media

On the Columbia Journalism Review site, Alex T. Williams, a PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania, answers the question, Why aren't there more minority journalists?

Philanthropy

Using publicly available information, the Center for Effective Philanthropy's Phil Buchanan and Jen Cole  take a look at the proportion of African American foundation CEOs at the largest 100 U.S. foundations.

Are good intentions enough to make a difference in the world? No, argues Sue Desmond-Hellman, president of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in a review of Will MacAskill's book Doing Good Better: Effective Altruism and How You Can Make a Difference. "But when you combine compassion, generosity, evidence, and pragmatism," she adds, "they can add up to remarkable results for the things you care about most."

On the Inc. site, Jeff Bercovici, the magazine's San Francisco bureau chief, takes issue with Russian entrepreneur and venture capitalist Yuri Milner's decision to pledge $100 million to the scientific search for extraterrestrial life.

And CF Insights, a service of the Foundation Center, has released the results of the 2014 Columbus Survey, which for a sixth straight year saw overall growth in community foundation assets, with participants experiencing an average 11 percent year-over-year increase in their asset levels.  

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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