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Weekend Link Roundup (June 15-16, 2013)

June 16, 2013

Fathers-day-2013Our weekly roundup of new and noteworthy posts from and about the nonprofit sector....

Civic Engagement

Guest blogging at Beth's Kanter's blog, Kate Wing, a program officer at the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation, shares some of the exciting new developments in the civic engagement space she heard about at the 2013 Personal Democracy Forum conference.

Corporate Philanthropy

"Stop bending over backwards for corporate partners," Denise Lillya, a senior research at the Directory for Social Change in the UK, tells nonprofits. "[C]ompanies usually want to hear what they're going to get out of any giving; they are receptive to arguments that it is a saving, an opportunity, an investment," Lillya writes, but "it's clear that too many companies continue to regard philanthropy as a means by which they can benefit -- ironic as that is."


Christian Villum, community manager for Open Government Data at the Open Knowledge Foundation, announces the Global Open Data Initiative, a joint effort of the foundation, the Open Institute, Fundar, the Sunlight Foundation, the World Wide Web Foundation, and Open Knowledge to share principles and resources with governments and other stakeholders on how to harness opportunities created by opening government data.


On Thursday, the Minnesota Council on Foundations announced the appointment of Trista Harris, executive director of the Headwaters Foundation for Justice, as its next president. To learn more about Harris, watch this "Flip" chat we recorded with her back in 2011. And congratulations, Trista!


In latest installment of the Cohen Report, the Nonprofit Quarterly's Rick Cohen looks at foundation funding for rural nonprofits in the U.S. and concludes "that the best rural community development organizations in the nation have a hard row to hoe in tapping foundation support." What's more, Cohen writes, the funding situation for rural nonprofits is likely to get worse before it gets better in part because "foundations have started to lose interest in supporting housing and community development."

In the latest installment of Bloomberg's Good Talk series, Lewis Lapham, long-time editor of Harper's Monthly and founding editor of Lapham's Quarterly, talks to Vartan Gregorian, president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, about the "theory and practice of philanthropy." As Lapham notes, no one knows more about the latter than Gregorian.

And on the Philanthropic Initiative's Deep Social Impact blog, TPI managing partner Ellen Remmer addresses the same topic -- "the understanding and practice of philanthropy" -- through a global lens.

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

--The Editors

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