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Weekend Link Roundup (November 28-29, 2015)

November 29, 2015

Fall Leaves Oak Frost  11 05 09  019 - Edit-2 - Edit-SOur 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

The CEOs from 78 companies and 20 economic sectors have issued an open letter on the World Economic Forum site calling upon "governments to take bold action at the Paris climate conference (COP 21) in December 2015 to secure a more prosperous world for all of us."


On the Giving in LA blog, John Kobara, executive vice president and COO of the California Community Foundation, citing the latest findings from neuroscience, notes that our brains have a philanthropic center, powered by oxytocin, that requires regular exercise. "The more we test our biases, certainties and assumptions by directly experiencing our feelings and expressing our compassion," writes Kobara, "the more we energize our philanthropic brains. Our philanthropy gets humanized and embodies the definition of philanthropy — our love for one another...." 

On Giving Tuesday, crowdfunding platform Crowdrise will launch its second-annual Giving Tower campaign, the centerpiece of which will be a virtual tower made up of bricks that represent donations made to participating charities. Megan Ranney reports for Mashable.

And a nice reminder from Money magazine's Kerri Anne Renzulli that there are ways to give to charity this holiday season other than giving cash.

Higher Education

"Low-income high school graduates were far less likely to enroll in higher education in 2013 than in 2008, a downward trend that came at the same time the Obama administration was pushing to boost college access and completion," a new analysis of Census Bureau data finds. The Washington Post's Emma Brown reports.


Still confused about what impact investing is — and isn't? Elizabeth Coston, director of operations and investor relations at investment fund Impact Engine, shares a curated list of impact investing-related resources, articles and reports tailored to specific audiences.

International Affairs/Development

GiveWell has released its updated charity recommendations for 2015 and will be holding a conference call on Tuesday, December 1, at 5:30 EST, to discuss the recommendations and answer questions from those on the call. (Registration required.)


In a brief note, Nonprofit Quarterly's Ruth McCambridge and Joel Toner share how they plan to honor the late Rick Cohen's work and legacy.


On the American Express Company's CSR Now! blog, Tim McClimon, president of the American Express Foundation and an Independent Sector board member, shares some of the key takeaways from a series of fifteen regional conversations with more than two thousand nonprofit and philanthropic leaders conducted by IS over the past year.


To mark the 180th birthday of Scottish-American industrialist Andrew Carnegie, the "father of modern philanthropy," the Carnegie Corporation of New York has released an HTML version of the steel tycoon's foundational 1889 essay "The Gospel of Wealth" and is inviting readers to use the Genius annotation tool (a Chrome extension) to comment on whether the essay is still relevant in 2015. (The foundation also has made the complete text of the essay available as a PDF or Kindle download.)

As it nears its 90th year of grantmaking, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation is reaffirming "its commitment to education as the most important pathway to opportunity" by changing the name of its Pathways to Opportunity program to simply Education.

How can philanthropy help build a field of practice. The Rockefeller Foundation's Kevin O'Neil shares some lessons from public health.

In a post on the Philanthropreneurship Forum site, Sonal Shah, professor of practice and founding executive director of the  Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation at Georgetown University, looks at five strategies that philanthropy can deploy to "achieve impact at scale." 

Philanthropy West Virginia has released its 2015 State of Philanthropy Report, which is based on tax filings from 2013 and shows a year-over-year decline of $10.4 million on combined itemized charitable giving in the state of $474,421,000. More details here.

Social Entrepreneurship

And on his Nonprofit Chronicles blog, Marc Gunther shares highlights of a conversation with Sally Osberg, president and CEO of the Skoll Foundation, and Roger L. Martin, a former dean of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, Skoll Foundation board member, and co-author, with Osberg, of the recently released Getting Beyond Better: How Social Entrepreneurship Works, about the foundation's approach to philanthropy.

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

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