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Weekend Link Roundup (November 21-22, 2015)

November 22, 2015

Rick-CohenOur weekly round up of noteworthy items from and about the social sector. For more links to great content, follow us on Twitter at @pndblog....

Climate Change

Tax documents posted on Monday show that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation "has significantly scaled back its holdings in some of the world's biggest oil, coal and gas companies." The Seattle Times' Sandi Doughton has the story.


Forbes contributor Beth Braverman has some useful advice for your end-of-year giving. And you'll find more good year-end giving advice from Network for Good's Liz Ragland on NFG's Nonprofit Marketing Blog.


The Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation has announced that it has amended its tax returns for the last four years "to more accurately account for revenue received from government sources." The Washington Post's Rosalind Helderman reports.


According to new figures released by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, homelessness in the U.S. has declined some 2 percent on a year-over-year basis. The Department of Education disagrees. NPR's Pam Fessler reports.


On the Knight Foundation blog, Neha Singh Gohil, a senior media fellow at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, shares four lessons the foundation learned from the Knight-funded  Informed Communities Education Reporting Fellowship, a nine-month project to support ethnic media outlets in their education reporting.


On the Giving in LA blog, John E. Kobara, executive vice president & COO of the California Community Foundation, reports on a resolution approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors that will strengthen the county’s nonprofit sector through the implementation of "new federal rules that remove the long-held arbitrary 'ceiling' or limit on allowable overhead costs for nonprofits." 

After reminding her readers that the theme of November's Nonprofit Blog Carnival is how nonprofits can move from a scarcity mindset to a a mindset of abundance, Beth Kanter applies the same lens to the topic of self-care, or lack thereof, in the nonprofit sector.


To mark its seventy-fifth anniversary (1940-2015), the Rockefeller Brothers Fund has posted a nifty interactive timeline of its activities and work.

On the HistPhil blog, Ben Soskis checks in with a good synopsis of a recent Hudson Institute event featuring Linsey McGoey, author of the recently released No Such Thing as a Free Gift: The Gates Foundation and the Price of Philanthropy.

Writer and charity strategist Brady Josephson attended nonprofit technology company Blackbaud's annual conference recently and came away "both amazed by the magnitude of the philanthropic sector at this moment [and] incredibly inspired by the ability of our actions to make change possible."

Fidelity Charitable, the largest donor-advised fund sponsor by assets in the world, has announced that it now accepts donations of bitcoin. Veronica Dagher reports.

In a post on the Kresge Foundation website, Rip Rapson, the foundation's president, reflects on the results of the most recent survey of the foundation's grantees by the Center for Effective Philanthropy -- the third time in the past decade that Kresge has commissioned a Grantee Perception Report from CEP -- and reports on some of the steps the foundation is taking to implement the almost two dozen recommendations contained in the report.

With Thanksgiving upon us, Jennifer Rainin and the program staff of the Kenneth Rainin Foundation in Oakland celebrate some of the people and partners for whom they are grateful.


Excellent piece by Alana Semuels in The Atlantic detailing how a series of bad decisions left Syracuse, New York, with the highest concentration of poor people in the country.

Social Good

"[T]here is a vast difference between conscious consumerism and actively fostering social change," write Cinnamon Janzer and Lauren Weinstein on the Fast Company Exist blog, "and confusing them is dangerous...."

The Case Foundation has released a new "Be Fearless" Action Guide. The foundation also has a good list of entrepreneurial "influencers" you should be following on Twitter.

And  two months after Facebook announced that it had created a Social Good team, the social media giant has launched its latest cause-focused products: fundraiser pages and improved Donate buttons for nonprofits. Matt Petronzio reports.

(Photo: Rick Cohen; photo credit: Eleanor Cohen)

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

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Posted by Rob Mitchell  |   November 24, 2015 at 08:20 AM


@atlasofgiving reports that thru Oct, 2015 more than $400 billion has been giving - a 6.1% increase over the same period last year. Atlas of Giving also forecasts that 2015 will finish with a total of $481.39 billion a 5.5% increase over 2014. The Atlas of Giving tracks the velocity and trajectory of giving by sector, source, and state monthly. Their monthly reports forecasts giving by sector, source and state for the next 12 months... the report is updated monthly. www.atlasofgiving.com

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