Weekend Link Roundup (January 13-14, 2018)
January 15, 2018
On the Barr Foundation blog, the foundation's Climate Program co-directors, Mariella Puerto and Mary Skelton Roberts, outline "the rationale, priorities, and early steps of the foundation's newly-expanded focus on [climate] resilience."
New York Magazine's Reeves Wiedeman checks in with a fresh take on the climate advocacy of the Rockefeller family and its campaign against Exxon, one of the legacy companies of John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil.
A consensus has developed over the last decade around the importance of pre-K education. So why do so many preschool teachers live on the edge of financial ruin? Jeneen Interlandi reports for the New York Times.
To kick off the new year, the editors of Education Week share ten ideas that they believe have the potential to change K-12 education in 2018.
Why are we so bad at predicting the future, and what can we learn from our collective obtuseness? When it comes to fundraising, writes digital marketer and self-styled charity nerd Brady Josephson, "the question shouldn't be 'What will be different in the future?' but rather 'What will be the same?'"
It may not have seemed like it, but 2017 was the best year in human history. New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof explains. And Kristof's Times colleague Tina Rosenberg reminds us that it was a pretty good year for social innovation as well.
In his latest, syndicated philanthropy columnist Bruce DeBoskey suggests that 2018 will be a "transformational" year for philanthropy and highlights six trends to watch for, including "trickle-down" philanthropy, the continued growth of giving circles, the "mainstreaming" of impact investing, and additional Trump-inspired giving.
"[W]e can build the giving infrastructure anyway we want to," writes Michele Fugiel Gartner, a PhD candidate at the Centre for the Study of Philanthropy and Public Good at the University of St, Andrews in Scotland, in The Conversation. "The challenge is that against a backdrop of financial and political inequality, it is difficult to imagine how philanthropy does not simply follow suit."
As previously announced, the Eugene and Agnes Meyer Foundation in Washington, D.C., will "begin to tackle the WHY — the root causes of the challenges so many in our region continue to face" in 2018. And as Karen Fitzgerald, the foundation's senior program director for program and community, and Julian Haynes, its Maryland program director, explain, that means "identifying and tackling racial inequity and the systems — institutions, policies, practices, and norms — that perpetuate those inequities. "
On the Glasspockets blog, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation's Kristy Tsadick and Heath Wickline explain the genesis of Hewlett's Open Licensing Toolkit, which is "structured to help the foundation's program staff decide to which grants the new rule applies, introduce open licensing to grantees, and help clarify what an open license on written works will mean for them."
On his Nonprofit Chronicles blog, Marc Gunther profiles poverty-fighting organization Evidence Action, one of only sixteen organizations currently endorsed by GiveWell, the effective altruism-focused charity evaluator.
In Fast Company, Ciara Byrne looks at how Blue Ridge Labs @ Robin Hood, a tech incubator within the Robin Hood Foundation, New York City's largest poverty-fighting organization, "is turning some of the tech world's received wisdom [about poverty] upside down."
On her blog, Beth Kanter shares some features and tips designed to help your nonprofit up its Twitter game in 2018.
And Nell Edgington is back from her break from social media, and in a post on her Social Velocity blog she shares what she leaned.
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