« This Week in PubHub: Civil and Human Rights | Main | TMI vs. ROI: Risks and Rewards of Philanthropy 2.0 »

Weekend Link Roundup (January 8 - 9, 2011)

January 09, 2011

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


Inspired by the Washington Post's 2011 In/Out List, Network for Good's Katya Andresen shares what's in and out for nonprofits in the New Year. Her list, which was compiled with Mark Rovner of Sea Change Strategies, includes:

In: Metrics that matter
Out: Metrics that are easy to obtain

In: Integrated communications
Out: Multi-channel communications

In: Speaking from the heart
Out: Speaking from the left brain

On her Getting Attention blog, Nancy Schwartz explains why sometimes it's "better not to say (or video) anything at all, than to release a video without meaning."

Disaster Relief

After taking a close look at a number of disaster relief organizations' financial information, GiveWell's Holden Karnofsky concludes that "there is a lot of room for improvement in the information currently available for disaster relief donors, and a lot of room to improve incentives for the major disaster relief organizations to be as transparent and accountable as possible."


On his On the Ground blog, New York Times reporter Nick Kristof wonders whether Bangladesh has it in for Grameen Bank and its founder, Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus. According to Kristof:

The Bangladeshi press has lately been full of denunciations of Yunus. On Tuesday, for example, one Bangladeshi news organization quoted an economist as saying of him: "A lot about him is just myth. [He] had never been selfless in any of his initiatives." Meanwhile the Bangladeshi government has ordered a corruption investigation of Grameen after a Norwegian television documentary raised questions, even though the Norwegian government said there was nothing to the charges. There have also been (false) published reports that Yunus will resign and suggestions that he should retire for reasons of age....

Writing on their Philanthrocapitalism blog, Matthew Bishop and Michael Green argue that "The attack on Mr. Yunus is part of a far wider backlash against microfinance, and businesslike approaches to helping the poor, that we predict will grow around the world this year. Grameen Bank," they add, "is the poster child for a movement: there is a great deal at stake here for the entire movement, which is at the heart of philanthrocapitalism...."


On her Philanthropy 2173 blog, Lucy Bernholz shares a list of the top ten philanthropy-related buzzwords that defined the decade just passed.

Social Media

One the Social Citizens blog, Kristin Ivie shares eight social media resolutions for 2011 and asks readers to chime in with suggestions of their own. Her list includes more and deeper listening to others on sites like Twitter, trying something new to see what you might be missing, and thinking before you post anything in order to avoid taking "a ride on the oversharing train."

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

(Photo credit: MadChicken)

-- Regina Mahone


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.


Quote of the Week

  • "[L]et me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is...fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance...."

    — Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd president of the United States

Subscribe to Philantopic


Guest Contributors

  • Laura Cronin
  • Derrick Feldmann
  • Thaler Pekar
  • Kathryn Pyle
  • Nick Scott
  • Allison Shirk

Tweets from @PNDBLOG

Follow us »