March 09, 2014
We forgot to set our clocks forward, but we didn't forget our weekly roundup of new and noteworthy posts from and about the nonprofit sector. Enjoy....
On her Nonprofit Communications blog, Kivi Leroux Miller shares the checklist she uses when evaluating clients' email newsletters.
In a post on the Markets for Good blog, Beth Kanter shares three of her favorite DIY data vizualization tools. (Hint: You probably have two of them on your computer.)
In his Straight Up blog on the Education Week site, Rick Hess, an Education "policy maven" at the American Enterprise Institute, shares some suggestions for the Measures of Effective Teaching team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation from blogger and award-winning teacher John Thompson.
On Friday, New York State governor Andrew Cuomo announced the names of four finalists for the next round of the state's "Pay for Success" program, which aims to connect private and philanthropic investors with nonprofit organizations that provide direct services for vulnerable New Yorkers in the child welfare and early childhood, healthcare, and public safety sectors. For more information on the program and the finalists, click here.
As impact investment continues to gain traction — and favorable press coverage — an important piece of the story is being neglected: the role of government, Indeed, write Ben Thornley, Cathy Clark and Jed Emerson on the Huffington Post's Impact blog, "impact investing would barely exist — certainly not at its modest, current scale — but for the support and partnership of government."
If foundation leaders really want to "make a difference" — for their missions, their grantees, and the individuals and communities they serve — they would be wise, writes Tim Delaney, president an CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits, in the Nonprofit Quarterly, to focus their efforts at the state level. With so little being accomplished at the federal level these days, "the arc of history is being written in the states....[And unless] more attention is devoted to the state policy level, the stealth shift of burdens onto nonprofits and foundations will reach a disastrous tipping point."
On the Hewlett Foundation's Work in progress blog, Ruth Levine, director of the foundation's Global Development and Population Program, argues that the reason the global health field has more successes relative to other areas of development is because global health "is simply more, well, global than most other domains of development. [And it's] more global," she adds "because infectious diseases don’t respect borders, and when one country is healthier so are its neighbors."
What will it take to disrupt the nonprofit sector? That's the topic of the March Nonprofit Blog Carnival, which is being hosted by Allyson Kapin (co-author, with Amy Sample Ward, of Social Change Anytime Everywhere) and Rad Campaign, a Web design, development, and online marketing firm. To submit a post for consideration, send the URL of your post and a two- to three-line summary of your post to email@example.com by Friday, March 20th. As per past blog carnivals, Allyson will review all submissions and choose ones for inclusion in a "blog round up" at the end of March.
Catalyzed in part by the Great Recession and changing generational values, the sharing economy is creating new models and ways of thinking about business — and nonprofits need to start thinking about how they can tap into its potential, writes Erin Morgan Gore, an adjunct professor at New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.
Can the sharing economy movement address the root causes of the world’s converging crises? Yes, writes Adam Parsons in a thought-provoking essay on OpenDemocracy's Transformation blog, but only if "sharing is promoted in relation to human rights, democracy and social justice."
Hey, boomers and Gen Xers. Looking to get along with and get the most out of the millennials that are flooding into the workforce? Independent Sector president and CEO Diana Aviv shares some thoughts on the subject in this three-minute video.
That's it for this week. What have you been reading/watching/listening to? Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the comments box below....
-- Mitch Nauffts