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Weekend Link Roundup (July 16-17, 2016)

July 17, 2016

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African Americans

What does it mean to look at images of African Americans being murdered? In an age in which footage of fatal shootings appears alongside cat videos and selfies in social media feeds, what claims can be made for the representational power of filming? In the Boston Review, Benjamin Balthaser explores the contentious debate over the meaning and appropriate use of images of violence against black men and women.

Civil Society

In the wake of the recent shootings in Baton Rouge, St. Paul, and Dallas, Council on Foundations president and CEO Vikki Spruill and Sherry Magill, president of the Jesse Ball DuPont Fund, call on foundations "to advance a civil conversation focused on what we have in common and ensure equal treatment under the law."

Climate Change

The pledges made by countries in Paris in December to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius by 2100 almost guarantee that the wold's average temperature will increase by more than 3 degrees and could warm by as much as 4 degrees — with catastrophic consequences. Fast.Co.Exist writer Adele Peters explains.

Criminal Justice

"In the world of criminal justice, pushes for change can be diverted or stalled by major news events," write Simone Weichselbaum, Maurice Chammah, and Ken Armstrong on Vice. "But the sniper killings of five officers in Dallas seems to have stiffened the opposition to reforms. With legislation to reduce prison terms for some crimes stalled by election-year politics and efforts to repair police-community relations moving slowly, leaders across the political spectrum are watching to see if such efforts can survive this heated moment."

Policing across America has improved over the last forty years. But why hasn't more progress been made? Fast Company's Frederick Lemieux reports.


"The power of Open Data" — and the Police Data Initiative, specifically — "lies in how easy it can be shared and the ease with which anyone can interact with data," writes Peter CampoBasso on Medium. "Put some more context with them either in an article or in a presentation, and you have a tool to illustrate injustices taking place around you....But, he adds, we "need a larger diversity of actors to be able to access [it] in order to think of new reuses that the original publishers may not have envisioned. We need a diversity of thoughts to be able to look at, analyze and question data, drawing from their own unique life experiences, to stimulate more critical debate around what is happening in communities...."

On the Devex site, Malia Politzer looks at some of the same issues in the context of international development.


On her Social Velocity blog, Nell Edgington explains why qll board member should contribute in some way to the financial model of the nonprofits on whose boards they sit. And if "you ask board members to think strategically about how they can contribute, and if they are well versed in the financial model of the organization they serve, it should be fairly easy to get them involved in a significant way."

Who loves ya, baby? Your donors — if you follow these five tips from the folks at Bloomerang.


Wrapping up a a seventeen-year career at the California Health Care Foundation, Marian Mulkey, the foundation's chief learning officer, reflects on how health care in the nation's most populous state has evolved over the last couple of decades.


On the PhilanthroFiles blog, Exponent Philanthropy's Andy Carroll says it's okay "to admit that philanthropy needs partners, a more collective effort, and a greater shared responsibility for the most vulnerable in our country." And he's not alone. "I am seeing more leaders in philanthropy...admitting that they can't meet [all] needs," writes Carroll, and "calling on...citizens to recognize their interdependence and mutuality of interest,...summon their collective will as expressed through their government, [and] create opportunity and prosperity for everyone...."

In the Denver Post, the DeBoskey Group's Bruce DeBoskey shares six lessons he's learned over the past half dozen years about what works best in philanthropy.


Can the cycle of poverty be disrupted by teaching people caught in it how not to think like a poor person? In Boston, one nonprofit thinks it may have found the answer. Katie Johnston reports for the Boston Globe.


And on the Center for Effective Philanthropy blog, Megan Tompkins-Stange, author of the recently published  Policy Patrons: Philanthropy, Education Reform, and the Politics of Influence (review), wonders what philanthropy might look like if foundations made not only their past but also their contemporary material open and accessible to the public and scholars.

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

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