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Weekend Link Roundup (October 1 - 2, 2011)

October 02, 2011

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

FallHarvest2 Economy

"America is no longer a manufacturing economy, with jobs for all," writes DC Central Kitchen founder Robert Egger in a guest post on the Tactical Philanthropy blog. "Nor do we produce enough 'extra' money to support an unlimited number of charities. Therefore, we must begin to let go of attitudes, ideas and tax policies that rely on the incomes and opportunities of a by-gone era...."


On his Inside Philanthropy blog, Todd Cohen explains why allowing businesses "that have the dual goals of maximizing shareholder value and making a positive social impact incorporate as 'benefit corporations,' or B corps,'....[is] good for business and good for our communities."

Nonprofit Management

Rosetta Thurman takes a look at the results of the third installment in the Daring to Lead series -- the first two reports in the series were published in 2001 and 2006 -- and applauds the inclusion of data on nonprofit salaries. Based on a survey of three thousand executive direcors, the report found that:

  • 50 percent of nonprofit CEOs earn between $50,000 and $100,000 annually;
  • 23 percent earn less than $50,000;
  • 18 percent earn between $100,000 and $150,000;
  • Only 8 percent earn over $150,000; and
  • Only 2 percent earn over $200,000.

On the same subject, Uncharitable author Dan Pallotta argues in a recent post on his Harvard Business Review blog against compensation caps in the nonprofit sector. Writes Pallotta:

You cannot argue that money does not incentivize people to do more in charity and then offer raises when someone is promoted to a job in a charity that carries more responsibility, knowing that the person will expect a raise and would likely not accept the added responsibility without it.

You cannot argue that money does not incentivize people to do more and then pay your event producer ten times his per-event fee to produce ten events, knowing that any other offer would be absurd.

And you cannot argue that economic incentive is not unlimited when you have never allowed the theory to be tested. The for-profit sector has tested it. And by the measure of Ford, Edison, Winfrey, Branson, Lauder, and many others, the combination of a dream for the world and a dream for oneself seems a pretty potent combination....


On the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy's Keeping a Close Eye blog, Sean Dobson makes a case for funding advocacy efforts.

And in a different post, NCRP executive director Aaron Dorfman shares findings from a new study that will be released in December on foundation funding for Hispanics and Latinos. According to research from Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) and the Foundation Center, the "percentage of grant dollars benefiting Latinos has remained flat for ten years, at about 1.3 percent of total U.S. grantmaking, while the Latino share of U.S. population has risen from 13 percent to 16 percent during that same time period."

Social Media 

After digging deeper into the new tools and features recently launched on the Facebook platform, Katya Andresen shares a few thoughts about the changes on her Non-Profit Marketing blog.

On the Stanford Social Innovation Review blog, NTEN membership director Amy Sample Ward explains why organizations and individuals should check out the new content curation Web site Scoop.it.


And on the Foundation Center's Transparency Talk blog, Monitor Institute senior consultant Diana Scearce chats with Stephanie McAuliffe and Kathy Reich of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation about the foundation's year-old experiment to work more transparently.

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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