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Weekend Link Roundup (June 18-19, 2016)

June 19, 2016

Gettyimages-orlando-candlelight-vigilOur weekly round up of noteworthy items from and about the social sector. For more links to great content, follow us on Twitter at @pndblog....

Communications/Marketing

Getting Attention! blogger Nancy Schwartz offers some good advice to nonprofit communications professionals about the right (and wrong) way to respond in the wake of the unthinkable.

Democracy

The editorial board of the Guardian captures perfectly why the public assassination of British MP Jo Comer by a right-wing extremist was such a cowardly, heinous act — and why it should be a wakeup call for everyone who cherishes decency, open debate, and a commitment to both democracy and humanity.

Education

How did a Montana-based foundation help boost the high school graduation rate in that state to its highest level in years? The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation's Mike Halligan explains.

Big data and analytics were supposed to "fix" education. That hasn't happened. Writing on the Washington Post's Answer Sheet blog, Pasi Sahlberg, a visiting professor of practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and author of the best-selling Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn About Educational Change in Finland?, and Jonathan Hasak, a Boston-based advocate for disconnected youth, explain why and look at something that actually could make a difference.

International Affairs/Development

On the Humanosphere site, Seattle-based journalist Lisa Nikolau reports on a UNDP study which finds that one in three Latin Americans who have escaped poverty since 2003 — an estimated 25 million to 30 million women and men — risk sliding back into poverty if economic growth in the region does not pick up.

Knowledge Management

IssueLab has unveiled a new iteration of its popular online service. Here on PhilanTopic, IssueLab's Gabi Fitz explained why that's a big deal. (And, while you're at, be sure to read Marc Gunther's take on why the IssueLab reboot is a big deal.)

Philanthropy

In the wake of the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, the Center for Effective Philanthropy's Kevin Bolduc shares some poignant thoughts about what philanthropy is and how, most of the time, it reflects what is best in us.

On the Fast.Co Exist site, Ben Paynter looks at what is likely to happen to the millions of dollars that has been raised for victims of the Orlando shootings through crowdfunding site GoFundMe. And if you're thinking about donating to support victims of the tragedies and their families, be sure to read these giving tips from the BBB Wise Giving Alliance.

On the NCRP blog, Caitlin Duffy shares highlights of the organization's recent assessment of the New York Community Trust, the third-largest (and one of the oldest) community foundation in the U.S. Among other things, the NCRP report recommends that the Trust "explicitly articulate a unifying vision and values statement for an equitable city" and "improve [its] communications tools, including [its] website, to more effectively convey how [its] goals and strategies align with its vision and values."

Wrapping up their two-part series for Exponent Philanthropy on what is "missing" in modern philanthropy, Open Road Alliance's  Laurie Michaels and Maya Winkelstein explain how funders and nonprofits can proactively manage risk at a project’s earliest stage

As PND and other outlets reported earlier this week, the Rockefeller Foundation' Judith Rodin has announced that she plans to step down as president after nearly a dozen years in the job. "Executive transitions can result in full-scale changes in strategy and style, as we have seen at others of the country's large foundations," writes Nonprofit Quarterly's Ruth McCambridge in response to the announcement. "It will be interesting, as we watch [the search for Rodin's successor] come to fruition, to see how much of Rockefeller’s recent commitments have to do with Rodin’s leadership and direction as opposed to a deep institutional commitment."

Transparency

Nonprofit sector veteran Alan Cantor shares his thoughts on the Silicon Valley Community Foundation's recent attempt to create more transparency around the $479 million in grants it distributed in 2015 — including some of the questions the foundation didn't answer.

Since 2005, Clinton Global Initiative members have made more than 3,400 Commitments to Action — "new, specific, and measurable plans that they implement to make a positive impact in our communities and around the world." On the Clinton Foundation website, Elsa Palanza, director of commitments at CGI, shares key findings from a study on "the small subset (approximately 6%) of commitments that [have gone] unfulfilled."

And speaking at the recent CGI America meeting in Atlanta, former President Bill Clinton shares some of the lessons he has learned from the Clinton Foundation's efforts over the years to address a range of social and environmental problems over the years. (Video; running time: 4:48.)

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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 section below....

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