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Weekend Link Roundup (November 26-27, 2016)

November 27, 2016

Wollman-rinkHope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday. This week's roundup of noteworthy items from and about the social sector is a little shorter than normal. For more links to great content, follow us on Twitter at @pndblog.... 

Environment

While the public recognition that comes with high-profile awards can help protect indigenous activists, many fear that the increased visibility is making them easier to target. Barbara Fraser reports for Indian Country.

Interesting profile in the Mount Desert Islander of Roxanne Quimby, the founder of the Burt's Bees natural cosmetics empire and the driving force behind the recently designated 83,000-acre Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in Maine.

Health

Is spending on health care in the U.S. unacceptably high, or are we beginning to "bend the cost curve"? Katherine Hempstead, director and senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, shares some data designed to shed some light on an inherently murky situation.

Inequality

In remarks delivered at the OECD Cities for Life Global Summit on Inclusion, Innovation and Resilience on November 22, Ford Foundation president Darren Walker told those in attendance that he believes "inequality is the greatest threat to our society, in part because not only can it lead to violence and extremism at its worst, but by limiting opportunity and mobility, ultimately it generates hopelessness. And that hopelessness makes it harder to believe that change is possible." Worth your time to read the full text of his remarks.

Juvenile Justice

After a decade of progress and successful cooperation with the federal government, what should juvenile justice reform advocates expect from the incoming Trump administration? On the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange site, Marie Williams, a senior program officer at the Stoneleigh Foundation, shares some thoughts.

Nonprofits

Nice analysis from the folks at the National Council of Nonprofits of how nonprofits are likely to be affected by the 2016 election results. Much will depend, they write, "on the two similarly separate yet interlocked ecosystems of the 501(c)(3) community. Charitable nonprofits must rally together to engage in advocacy at all levels and branches of government to ensure that elected officials understand the impact of policy proposals on the people and communities the politicians and their local nonprofits both serve. [And] the foundation community must make serious investments in charitable nonprofits to do that all-important advocacy work — especially at the state level — to protect the work of foundations and nonprofits alike...."

And in separate posts dropped just before the Thanksgiving break, NWB's Vu Le and Social Velocity's Nell Edgington share their own thoughts about what nonprofits must do to adapt to the new post-election reality.

Philanthropy

What does Hillary Clinton's defeat mean for the Clinton Foundation? CNBC's Javier E. David asked a handful of philanthropy experts for their thoughts.

Poverty

In The Atlantic, Alana Semuels talks with Tommie Shelby, a Harvard professor of African-American Studies and Philosophy and author of Dark Ghettos: Injustice, Dissent, and Reform, about efforts to eliminate inner-city poverty, the implications of Donald Trump's election for those efforts, and the role the black poor have in redesigning their future.

Public Affairs

According to a Pew Research Center survey conducted November 10-14, voters' "grades" for the way Donald Trump conducted himself during the campaign are the lowest for any victorious candidate in twenty-eight years, with just 30 percent of voters giving Trump aa letter grade of A or B, 19 percent giving him a C, 15 percent giving him a D, and about a third (35 percent) of survey respondents giving him a failing grade. By way of comparison, four years ago a majority of voters (57 percent) gave Barack Obama an A or B, while after the 2008 election, 75 percent gave Obama an A or B.

Social Good

Just in time for the holidays, here's a nice roundup of social good apps from the folks at Mobile Cause.

Youth Empowerment

And in a new post for a special blog series curated by the Case Foundation, Maya Enista, executive director of the Born This Way Foundation, shares three lessons she and her colleagues have learned about building "a kinder, braver world."

Got something you'd like to share? Drop us a line at mfn@foundationcenter.org or share it in the comments section below....

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