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Weekend Link Roundup (May 28 - 29, 2011)

May 29, 2011

Memorial-Day Our weekly roundup of new and noteworthy posts from and about the nonprofit sector....

Disaster Relief

Last week, three tornadoes caused severe damage in northern Minneapolis. On its Philanthropy Potluck blog, the Minnesota Council on Foundations shares a few examples of how its members are contributing to relief and recovery efforts.

Nonprofit Management

Rick Cohen looks at a new study from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce which found that college majors with the lowest median earnings tend to be dominated by women and minorities. "There is no excuse for how poorly our nation values the work of people who are dedicated to helping and caring for others," writes Cohen, "but thank goodness that a large proportion of the population has sought lives of personal and societal fulfillment rather than focusing narrowly on compensation...."


The UK's Cabinet Office has released a white paper that outlines "three core strands of activity where [the UK] wants to work with partners to make giving as easy as possible, make giving as compelling as possible, and give better support to those that provide and manage opportunities to give...." In response, Matthew Bishop and Michael Green write on their Philanthrocapitalism blog:

The White Paper is not going to revolutionize giving overnight. Nor is it going to win the British public over to Mr. Cameron’s Big Society idea. (Indeed, there seems to be more enthusiasm for the Prime Minister’s big idea on the other side of the Pond.) Yet, as we argue in The Road From Ruin, there is the potential for the Big Society to be the basis of a much-needed reinvention of how Britain solves social and environmental problems....

Future Fundraising Now blogger Jeff Brooks offers his take on the debate about where fundraising is easier to do/better, the United States or UK. Brooks, who has fundraised for organizations on both sides of the Atlantic, concludes that "fundraising in the UK is more difficult than in the US. The main reason is the lower level of religious participation there. It's just harder to find and motivate donors...."

On the Foundation Center's Transparency Talk blog, Lisa Jordan, executive director of the Bernard van Leer Foundation, weighs in on the transparency and accountability challenges confronting the European foundation community.

In order for young practitioners in philanthropy to "build a career serving the public good" they must become "become experts at asking questions about what it means to create the most effective and impactful sector," writes Christine Reeves on NCRP's Keeping a Close Eye blog.

Social Media

Allison Fine wonders whether cause fatigue is real or "an assumption [made up] by the causerati." Even if we could measure it, writes Fine, "how do we know it's a bad thing?...Maybe people have to get tired of causes before they really pay attention?"

Last but not least, Beth Kanter, who co-authored the Networked Nonprofit with Fine, reminds us to protect personal information online. With the proliferation of online networking tools, writes Kanter, it's important for users to be "vigilant and educated" when it comes to security and privacy.

That's it for now. What did we miss? Drop us a line at rnm@foundationcenter.org. And enjoy the rest of your long weekend!

-- Regina Mahone

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