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Weekend Link Roundup (August 9-10, 2014)

August 10, 2014

VeggiesOur weekly roundup of noteworthy items from and about the nonprofit sector....


On Gene Takagi's Nonprofit Law Blog, Michelle Baker, a San Francisco-based attorney, checks in with the second of two posts on the lag ins and outs of issue advocacy. (You can read the first post here.)

Civil Society

"One of the defining features of civil society...is that participation is voluntary," writes Lucy Bernholz on her Philanthropy 2173 blog. And "[i]f civil society claims a role in pursuing social justice than it has a special obligation to do two things - protect people's power to act and make sure that digital data aren't used to exacerbate existing power differentials.


Marketplace's David Brancaccio looks at the Sustainable Endowments Institute's Billion Dollar Green Challenge and online GRITS platform, which helps "universities take their operating cash or endowment, upgrade the energy efficiency of campus buildings, and get a bigger return in savings than the stock market would earn them."


What kind of leadership skills do emerging nonprofit leaders need to succeed? Beth Kanter takes a look at two recent studies that "take a pass at answering that question...."

The Talent Philanthropy Project's Rusty Stahl has a good post on the handful of foundations that invest in nonprofit leadership.


GiveWell's Holden Karnofsky has some thoughts on the end of the Hewlett Foundation's Nonprofit Marketplace Initiative, which counted GiveWell among its grantees. Interesting responses as well in the comments section from Hewlett's Lindsay Louie and Liquidnet's Brain Walsh and a separate reponse from GuideStar president/CEO Jacob Harold, who ran NMI when he was a program officer at Hewlett.

In a good post on her website, consultant Kris Putnam-Walkerly defines the three types of stakeholders and then shares six ways to engage them and benefit from their input.


"America's news media are failing to focus a critical eye on philanthropy," writes Pablo Eisenberg in the Chronicle of Philanthropy. And while "[s]ome observers believe that the growth of independent nonprofit investigative centers...will be able to fill the critical gap left by a diminished press," adds Eisenberg, "their record thus far doesn't inspire much confidence that they will treat foundations and wealthy donors any differently than today's print media."

In a followup to an earlier post ("Do You Want to Work in a Foundation?"), Richard Marker looks at what the people who work for foundations actually do all day.

Nice infographic from the Institute for the Future depicting some of the trends -- algorithmic coordination, crowdpower, radical transparency -- that are shaping the philanthropy of the future  (h/t NGOsource).

Using the report that the TFTF graphic is based on as a point of departure, the Jim Joseph Foundation's Chip Edelsberg shares his own thoughts on the future of philanthropy.


Last but not least, Tostan founder Molly Melching, whose organization works to end the practice of female genital cutting in Senegal, reflects in a post on the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation blog what winning the $1.5 million Hilton Humanitarian Prize meant for Tostan and the women it seeks to help. (Nominations for the 2015 Prize are open from July 30 to August 31. For more information, visit the nominations page and nominations FAQ.)

That's it for now. What have you been reading/watching/listening to? Drop us a line at mfn@foundationcenter.org or via the comments box below...


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