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Weekend Link Roundup (August 14 - 15, 2010)

August 15, 2010

Pakistan_Flooding This edition of the roundup features two weeks' worth of noteworthy posts from and about the nonprofit sector. Enjoy!


Susan G. Komen for the Cure recently announced that it will challenge in court "kite fliers, kayakers and dozens of other themed fund-raisers" using its trademarked "for the cure" phrase. Responding to the announcement, Stanford Social Innovation Review's Loreal Lynch writes, "Komen is being seen as a bully. But in my opinion, they are just being business-minded. A perfectly fine quality; one that more nonprofits should embrace...."

Corporate Philanthropy

On the Deep Social Impact blog, Jim Coutré takes a closer look at a survey of the nation's largest companies which found that most businesses expect their charitable giving to remain flat in 2010.

Disaster Relief

On her Nonprofit Blog at About.com, Joanne Fritz looks at why some disasters generate more donations for relief and recovery efforts than others. In the case of the BP/Deepwater Horizon disaster, Fritz shares a MSNBC article which cites "fury at BP and a belief that the company should be paying for everything" as one of the reasons Americans haven't donated more to charities working to help residents of the Gulf states get back on their feet.

Guest blogging on Katya's Non-Profit Marketing blog, Kate Olsen of Network for Good shares a list of questions organization can use to "decide if, when, and how to respond when [man-made] catastrophes emerge."


After examining the salaries of nonprofit executives at some of New York City's largest cultural institutions, Nonprofit Board Crisis blogger Mike Burns argues that while certain salaries are indeed "jaw-dropping," they're also reasonable in today's market.


Sandra Miniutti shares a short clip on the Charity Navigator blog from the soon-to-be released Saving Philanthropy documentary, which promises to explore strategies associated with effective philanthropy and high-performing organizations.

On the Philanthropy 2173 blog, Lucy Bernholz adds "curator" to her list of this year's philanthropy buzzwords.

With the recent announcement that forty families and/or individuals have signed on to the so-called Giving Pledge, the campaign launched by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett to encourage the nation's billionaires to give at least half of their fortunes to charity, Philanthrocapitalism co-authors Matthew Bishop and Michael Green wonder on their blog who will be next.

In a related post, Tactical Philanthropy's Sean Stannard-Stockton says that if "Larry Ellison can sign the pledge, maybe [my] hopes for a Second Great Wave of Philanthropy aren't so far fetched...."

On the same subject, Holden Karnofsky of GiveWell has a few recommendations for the pledge-takers.

Social Entrepreneurship

Commenting on the fact that Grameen Bank's Muhammad Yunus will be appearing on an upcoming episode of the long-running animated Simpsons TV series, Jeff Trexler suggests on the Social Entrepreneurship blog that the "real news here is not that microfinance is getting validated by Hollywood....Instead, the greater significance lies in social entrepreneurship's growing awareness of the power of comics and cartoons."

Social Media

On the Social Citizens blog, Kari Dunn Saratovsky wonders whether the ease of "showing our compassion to others through the click of a button...[is] disconnect[ing] us from the process of relationship making."

That's it for now. What did we miss? Drop us a line at rnm@foundationcenter.org and have a great week!

(Photo credit: New York Post)

-- Regina Mahone

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