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Weekend Link Roundup (November 6 - 7, 2010)

November 07, 2010

NYC-Marathon Our weekly roundup of new and noteworthy posts from and about the nonprofit sector....


On her Non-Profit Marketing blog, Katya Andresen reminds nonprofit marketers why the old adage "less is more" is as relevant as ever.


"Underestimating the critical role of culture may be the reason," writes Chris Murakami Noonan on the Philanthropy Potluck blog, "there has been little change in the number of board members of color in the past fifteen years, despite all the talk in our sector about the need to diversify, the focus on recruiting board members of color, and organizational strategies developed to highlight diversity and inclusiveness...."


Writing on the Harvard Business Review blog, Uncharitable author Dan Pallotta explains why the movement by "well-meaning social entrepreneurs...and one established watchdog" to create an evaluation platform for measuring the effectiveness of charities "may prove as inadequate to the task of helping the public make good donation decisions as the 'overhead' religion it seeks to replace...."

Guest blogging on the Tactical Philanthropy blog, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations' Kathleen Enright identifies some "common conceptions about innovation and scale [that] could actually prevent those who command philanthropic dollars from successfully leveraging limited resources for maximum impact...."

On the Stanford Social Innovation Review blog, Ann Goggins Gregory of the Bridgespan Group explains why "across-the-aisle conversations" between donors and nonprofits "can be a powerful tool for change."

Social Entrepreneurship

Philanthropy Action's Tim Ogden has a nice round up of blog posts written about this year's Microfinance Innovation and Impact Conference.

After sharing a few takeways from the conference on his GiveWell blog, Holden Karnofsky makes a case for more research and evaluation on the impact of microloans. Writes Karnofsky, "My greatest fear about microfinance is that all (or nearly all) of [the philanthropic capital]...is chasing a good story rather than a good program...."

Social Media

In the latest installment of her Social Good podcast series, Allison Fine interviews Seattle-based journalist Dan Savage about the It Gets Better Project, a video series for gay teens Savage launched with his partner Terry Miller.

Guest blogging on Beth Kanter's blog, Blackbaud's Frank Barry shares a few videos from the fundraising software provider's 2010 Conference for Nonprofits. In one video, Barry interviews Claire Williams Diaz, who heads up the social innovation unit at Twitter, while in a different one he chats with Zoetica co-founder Geoff Livingston about grassroots fundraising and "the rapid growth of online platforms that allow people to raise money for the causes they support."

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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Posted by Beth  |   November 07, 2010 at 10:57 PM

Thanks so much for the shout out for the guest post!

Posted by Renee Westmoreland  |   November 10, 2010 at 10:34 AM

Sure thing, Beth.

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