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Weekend Link Roundup (August 28 - 29, 2010)

August 29, 2010

Back_to_school Our weekly roundup of new and noteworthy posts from and about the nonprofit sector....


Network for Good's Katya Andresen shares a few takeaways from Uncharitable author Dan Pallotta's keynote speech at the Direct Marketing Association's 2010 New York Nonprofit Conference.

Corporate Philanthropy

On the Deep Social Impact blog, Jim Coutré weighs in on Inc. magazine's guide to developing a corporate philanthropy campaign, which he says overlooks two critical elements.

Disaster Relief

GuideStar president and CEO Bob Ottenhoff urges people who are donating to Pakistan flood relief efforts to make sure their donations are unrestricted. Writes Ottenhoff: "Over and over in the past we've seen disaster-relief organizations hampered because gifts have been restricted to a specific disaster or location...."

GiveWell's Holden Karnofsky also has some advice for those thinking about donating to flood-relief efforts in Pakistan and asks all of us to consider that disaster relief might not be the best use of our charitable dollars. "Preliminarily, it appears that the Pakistan effort has been much less well-funded than the Haiti effort," writes Karnofsky, "but it's worth keeping an eye on the numbers, and it's always worth considering giving to an outstanding organization that is helping people in need on a day-to-day basis...."


On the Nonprofit Board Crisis blog, Mike Burns wonders why there's been "little 'real news'" about the sector lately and suggests, in answer to his own question, that "nonprofits must not be doing that great of a job giving...reporters an opportunity to focus on outcomes...."


On the Philanthropy Potluck blog, the Minnesota Council on Foundations' Stephanie Jacobs looks at Do Nothing About Me Without Me, a guide for grantmakers that outlines ways they can increase stakeholder engagement.

Social Entrepreneurship

In a post on the Social Entrepreneurship blog, Social Velocity founder Nell Edgington explains why it's vitally important for nonprofits to have a "social value proposition." Writes Edgington: "In the past, nonprofits could exist without a value proposition....But as we move further down the road of social innovation, the assumption that money will automatically follow good works is no longer valid...."

Last but not least, as the debate around the Social Innovation Fund was heating up last week, Philanthrocapitalism co-authors Michael Bishop (@mattbish) and Matthew Green (@shepleygreen) hosted a debate on Twitter in which participants debated the fund's "alleged lack of transparency" and offered recommendations about how it could do better in its next funding cycle. You can download a transcript of the lively (if compressed) conversation here.

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

-- Regina Mahone


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