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Weekend Link Roundup (April 11-12, 2015)

April 12, 2015

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Corporate Philanthropy

Indiana Business Journal reporter J.K. Wall looks at how Eli Lilly & Co. is shifting its corporate philanthropy from an approach focused on social responsibility to one that emphasizes "shared value."


In a post for the Evelyn & Walter Haas Jr. Fund, writer and consultant Cynthia Gibson asks whether organizations that work to foster a "culture of philanthropy," a mindset in which "fundraising is seen less as a transactional tactic and more of a way of operating," are more likely "to boost their giving levels and donor retention; strengthen trust, cooperation and engagement among board and staff members; and align mission and program goals more seamlessly with revenue generation." What do you think? Click on over to the Haas Fund site to share your thoughts.


Long admired for its no-tuition policy, Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in Manhattan began in 2014 to assess incoming freshman a tuition fee of $20,000 — a decision that led to student protests and media scrutiny of the school's financial dealings. Earlier this week, New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman launched an investigation of focused on the Cooper Union board's "management of the school's endowment; its handling of its major asset, the iconic Chrysler Building; its dealings with Tishman Speyer Properties, which manages the skyscraper; and how the school obtained a $175 million loan from MetLife using the building as collateral." New York Times writer James B. Stewart reports.

Human/Civil Rights

On the D5 Coalition blog, Ben Francisco Maulbeck, president of Funders for LGBTQ Issues, shares some thoughts about what foundations can do to support LGBT communities in the wake of the "religious freedom" bill signed into law by Indiana governor Mike Pence.

International Affairs/Development

On the Global Dashboard blog, policy analyst and researcher David Steven looks at five ways co-facilitators have made the targets for the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals worse.


Neiman Lab's Justin Ellis has a nice summary of a new report from the Knight Foundation which finds that "more news organizations are creating ways to increase their revenue and expand their audience. The bad news: They’re still heavily reliant on grants and philanthropy — leaving outlets at the whim of a few foundations or wealthy individuals."


On the GuideStar blog, Caitlin Sislin, a strategic consultant to nonprofit organizations and philanthropies, explains why your organization should have a theory of change.

What can nonprofits learn from Animal Charity Evaluators, a nonprofit dedicated to identifying and promoting effective ways to improve the lives of animals? Quite a bit, argues Nonprofit Chronicles blogger Marc Gunther.


Writing in the Huffington Post, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich argues that "large corporations and Wall Street...[are] buying off nonprofits that used to be sources of investigation, information, and social change," even as other sources of funding are drying up. 

In the spring issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, a lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and founder and board chair of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, looks at four areas where technology has great potential to change philanthropy — and challenges individual donors and philanthropy professionals to embrace the advances it could bring.

On his Wise Philanthropy blog, Richard Marker reminds us that it's easier than ever for anyone to be a philanthropist.

Social Progress

Although economic growth "has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty and improved the lives of many more over the last half-century...it is increasingly evident that a model of human development based on economic progress alone is incomplete," writes Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter on the Project Syndicate site. "A society which fails to address basic human needs, equip citizens to improve their quality of life, protect the environment, and provide opportunity for many of its citizens is not succeeding," Porter adds.

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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