December 30, 2016
So it ends, not with a bang but a whimper. Depending on whom you speak to, 2016 was a train wreck, a dumpster fire, a sure sign of the apocalypse, and just plain weird. If it was a year in which too many beloved cultural icons left us, it was also an annus horribilis for progressives, who will have to work twice as hard in the new year (and beyond) to preserve important policy gains achieved over the last eight years and limit the harm caused by a Trump administration and a Republican-controlled Congress.
But while our attention often was focused elsewhere, many of you were taking care of business and digging deep into the PhilanTopic archives for tools and ideas you could use — today and in the weeks and months to come. So, without further preamble, here are the ten posts you "voted" as your favorites in 2016. Enjoy. Happy New Year. And don't forget to check back next week, as we return to the office tanned, rested, and ready to fight the good fight.
- Valuing What We Can Measure or Measuring What We Value? (Michael Edwards)
- [Infographic] The 2016 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report (Kivi Leroux Miller)
- Why and How Do Nonprofits Work Together? (May Samali, Nathalie Laidler-Kylander, Bernard Simonin, and Nada Zohdy)
- [Review] 'In Defense of a Liberal Education' (Michael Weston-Murphy)
- Native Voices Rising: Critical Leadership in Institutional Philanthropy (Edgar Villanueva)
- 6 Charitable Solicitation Facts to Know Before Applying for a Grant (James Gilmer)
- Four Key Indicators of Nonprofit Success (Richard Brewster)
- Requesting a Flexible Work Arrangement (Molly Brennan)
- Five Qs for...Douglas Bauer, Executive Director, Clark Foundation (Laura Cronin)
- Artists as Social Entrepreneurs – 3 Exemplary Leaders (Laura Callanan)
What have you read/watched/heard lately that got your attention, made you think, or gave you a reason to feel hopeful? Feel free to share with our readers in the comments section below. Or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.