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Weekend Link Roundup (February 10-11, 2018)

February 11, 2018

Market_3275653kOur weekly roundup of noteworthy items from and about the social sector. For more links to great content, follow us on Twitter at @pndblog....

Corporate Social Responsibility

What if boycotts — punishing companies for perceived anti-social or -environmental practices by refusing to buy their products or services — isn't the most effective way to change corporate behavior? A new report from public relations firm Weber Shandwick suggest that "buycotts" — in which consumers actively support companies that model pro-social behavior — are overtaking boycotts as the preferred mode of consumer activism. Eillie Anzilotti reports for Fast Company.

Economy

In the New York Times, Kevin Roose profiles self-declared 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang, who tells Roose, "All you need is self-driving cars to destabilize society....[W]e're going to have a million truck drivers who are out of work [and] who are 94 percent male, with an average level of education of high school or [a] year of college. That one innovation will be enough to create riots in the street. And we're about to do the same thing to retail workers, call center workers, fast-food workers, insurance companies, accounting firms."

Giving

The 80/20 rule, whereby 80 percent of charitable gifts come from 20 percent of the donors, seems like "a quaint artifact of a simpler time," writes Alan Cantor in Philanthropy Daily. These days, the more accurate measure is probably closer to 95/5  and, according to the authors of a new report on giving, it's headed toward a ratio of 98/2. What's a nonprofit leader to do? "[G]o where the money is. Try not to sell your souls to your top donors, and do your best to maintain a broad constituency of supporters. "

In the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Heather McLeod Grant and Kate Wilkinson argue that, with a new generation of donors arriving on the scene, "we need to pay more attention to how values around philanthropy pass from one generation to the next and how that initial spark of generosity awakens — factors that most nonprofits can’t influence but should heed to as they cultivate donors."

Broadening access to college and increasing college completion are imperative, but they are not enough, argues Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and president emeritus of Michigan State University, if students who complete a degree are not ready for employment.

Journalism/Media

In "American Journalism as an Institution," a white paper commissioned by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, founding National Affairs editor Yuval Levin (The Fractured Republic: Renewing America’' Social Contract in the Age of Individualism) argues that the crisis of trust journalism is facing is in part caused by journalists choosing to use social media to transform themselves "from participants in the work of institutions to managers of personal brands who carefully tend to their own public presence and presentation."

Immigration

What do the polls say about Americans' views of immigration? William A. Galston, the Ezra K. Zilkha Chair of the governance studies program at Brookings, breaks it down.

Nonprofits

New to the nonprofit leadership ranks? Seven members of the Forbes Nonprofit Council share their best advice.

On his Nonprofit Chronicles blog, Marc Gunther details more allegations of sexual misconduct at an animal welfare organization.

Philanthropy

Laura Paddison, editor of HuffPo's "This New World" series, checks in with a profile of Resource Generation, a nonprofit that "organizes young people with wealth and class privilege in the U.S. to become transformative leaders working towards the equitable distribution of wealth, land and power."

Poverty

Do liberals and progressives in America have a distorted view of the South? Yes, writes Harry Blain, a Graduate Center Fellow pursuing a PhD in Political Science at the City University of New York, on the Transformation blog. And the sooner they accept that "the South's problems are — and always have been — America's problems...the sooner [they'll] be able to play a more effective part in forming local, regional and national coalitions for action that turn the spotlight on poverty, inequality and racism throughout the country. 

Public Affairs

Under the banner of welfare reform the U.S. House Representatives led by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) is hoping to making changes to three safety net programs in 2018: Medicaid, food stamps (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. Not all that surprisingly, a new HuffPost/YouGov survey shows that the public has a pretty distorted view of which groups receive the bulk of assistance from government programs. HuffPo contributors Arthur Delaney and Ariel Edwards-Levy dig into the numbers.

Social Media

And on Beth Kanter's blog, Neil Parekh, a member of the communications team at United Way Worldwide, has a good post full of useful advice for folks looking to run a Twitter chat that breaks through the noise.

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