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Weekend Link Roundup (October 30 - 31, 2011)

October 30, 2011

Jack-o-lanternOur weekly roundup of new and noteworthy posts from and about the nonprofit sector....

Communications/Marketing

When it comes to telling a good story about your organization, Katya Andresen recommends that nonprofit marketers follow the advice shared by Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee in this video.

Economy

On the Deep Social Impact blog, Joanne Duhl wonders what role philanthropy should play in fostering an opportunity-for-everyone approach to not just education but also employment.

GuideStar president and CEO Bob Ottenhoff wonders on his blog what philanthropy is going to do about Occupy Wall Street. "At its core," writes Ottenhoff, "[OWS protestors] are asking some fundamental questions: what kind of society do we want the United States to be? How do we give people the freedom and incentives to grow wealth, build a strong and resilient economy, create new jobs, and do it in a way that benefits the greater good?"

The Chronicle of Philanthropy and Council on Foundations co-hosted a real-time Twitter chat last week on the topic of what, if anything, philanthropy can do to help revive the limping economy. For those who may have missed the conversation, the council has "storified" the chat here.

Impact/Effectiveness

On the Stanford Social Innovation review blog, the Bridgespan Group's Matthew Forti and Peter Kim have a few tips for nonprofit organizations looking to "more intentionally find the 'natural funders' that align with their outcomes, and to determine how best to communicate their outcomes in a way that inspires and influences the decision-maker."

Leadership

In a series of posts on her blog, Rosetta Thurman takes a look at the kinds of nonprofit leaders we need now and identifies four types: true believers, ruthless innovators, ambassadors of diversity, and courageous advocates.

Philanthropy

On her About.com blog, Joanne Fritz weighs in with a positive review of Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen's new book Giving 2.0, which delivers, according to Joanne, "its juice through well-crafted chapters that address just about anything any of us needs to know about charitable giving with impact in today's connected, charged, globally knit landscape...."

After reviewing the results of a new study from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University which concluded that the Obama administration's proposals to reduce the charitable deduction from 35 percent to 28 percent for wealthy households and to increase the marginal income tax rate for high-income earners would have a modestly negative effect on charitable giving -- essentially the same conclusion arrived at by a 2010 Congressional Research Service study -- the Nonprofiteer writes:

So whether we take the IUPUI findings that charitable giving is likely to decline modestly if these tax reforms are enacted, or the CRS findings that it might actually go up, we should realize that everyone who's hyperventilating about the impact of these changes on their poor struggling private school, museum, or hospital should just take a deep breath. Given that the reforms will support many of the social programs, environmental protections, educational institutions, and health care options the nonprofits themselves seek to provide, it's about time for the community to stop whining and agree to pony up....

Transparency

At the Foundation Center’s Transparency Talk blog, Michael Remaley, director at Public Policy Communicators NYC and president of HAMILL REMALEY breakthrough communications, takes a closer look at Don’t Count Us Out: How an Overreliance on Accountability Could Undermine the Public’s Confidence in Schools, Business, Government and More (52 pages, PDF), a new report from Public Agenda and the Kettering Foundation that highlights how the public's take on accountability differs from that of leaders at public- and private-sectors organizations.

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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Thanks for the mention, Regina! These are all especially thoughtful posts that I can't wait to dive into.

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