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Weekend Link Roundup (March 15-16, 2008)

March 16, 2008

So you think you're well informed? You might change your mind after you take the Pew News IQ quiz at the Pew Research Center site. (Hat tip to Tom Belford.)

The electronic mob strikes again: Pam Ashlund, who blogs at the Nonprofit Eye, has decided that discretion is the better part of valor. (Hat tip to Rosetta Thurman.)

Alison Fine argues (correctly, in my view) that there "has been an overreaction in the nonprofit sector to critics of overhead and administrative fees...."

Noting the decline in public sector support for critical infrastructure projects, Underalms, the charity industry observer behind the the Where Most Needed blog, says it is time for universities and nonprofit hospitals in America's second-tier cities (Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Baltimore, New Haven) "to step up to their responsiblities to the cities that host them."

GiveWell co-founder Holden Karnofsky addresses the frequently heard charge that GiveWell is merely "reinventing the wheel" -- and doing it with limited resources and expertise. Not true, says Holden. "GiveWell's uniqueness is not in its ability to conduct thorough research, but in its willingness to share it."

FLIP (Future Leaders in Philanthropy) has a nice Q&A with Peter Dietz, the founder of Social Actions, "a search engine of peer-to-peer social change campaigns and a training resources for individuals, organizations and foundations that want to use social media to creat social change."

The Nonprofiteer has some sage advice for those in the first or second phase of their nonprofit careers.

The Nonprofit Blog Carnival lands on Sam Davidson's doorstep on March 17, and in honor of St. Patrick's Day Sam will be looking for posts that relate the nonprofit world to anything "green."

Finally, I had high hopes for the World's 50 Most Powerful Blogs, which appeared in the U.K.-based Guardian earlier this week. (Hat tip to "A Fundraiser" at Don't Tell the Donor.org.) Alas, a scan of the list reaffirms the depressing conclusion that global popular culture increasingly is synonmous with junk culture.

However, the list did lead me to Phil Gyford's brilliantly executed blog version of the diaries of Samuel Pepys -- certainly the longest, and maybe the greatest, diary ever written. If you thought you were obsessive in pursuit of your objectives, you owe it to yourself to check out Gyford's creation. As gossip columnist Cindy Adams might say, "Only on the Web, kids, only on the Web."

-- Mitch Nauffts

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