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Weekend Link Roundup (October 1-2, 2016)

October 02, 2016

Ears-up2Our weekly round up of noteworthy items from and about the social sector. For more links to great content, follow us on Twitter at @pndblog....

Corporate Social Responsibility

Every year, B Lab, a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good, puts together a list of "the best companies for the world." Business Insider's Ariel Schwartz has the details.

First Amendment

In an article on the Knight Foundation site, Sam Gill, the foundation's vice president for learning and impact, shares key takeaways from a survey of university students in which they were asked to weigh in on First Amendment issues and freedoms. Very interesting.

Global Health

In a guest post on the Humanopshere blog, Sean McKee, a policy translation specialist at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) in Seattle, reports that mother and child death rates are improving dramatically in most parts of the world.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have pledged to commit $3 billion to cure, manage, and end disease by the end of the century. How should they spend the money? Devex's Catherine Cheney shares some thoughts.

Higher Education

The Steve Fund has launched a free online resource center that aims to connect college students of color with mental health information and support. Claudia Lamberty reports for the Campus News.

Although they're often overlooked, community colleges are a key driver of rural economic development and opportunity. Science Foundation Arizona's Caroline VanIngen-Dunn reports.

International Affairs/Development

Kimberly Curtis, a lawyer and freelance journalist based in Washington, D.C., pays tribute to the Clinton Global Initiative, which is closing its doors after eleven years of solid achievement.


According to Forbes contributor Jake Hayman, the problem with the nonprofit sector "is not that replication occurs because too many nonprofits exist" but that the nonprofit economy "rewards individual performance instead of collective impact and short-term activities over long-term learning." What's more, writes Hayman, "philanthropic paymasters who create a culture of competition and ownership," not nonprofits, are to blame for this state of affairs.

Are nonprofit leaders too generous with their time? On her Social Velocity blog, Nell Edgington offers a quick three-step process designed to help nonprofit execs calculate the financial value of their time.

Do you aspire to be a horrible supervisor? If you answered yes, this post by NPW's Vu Le has everything you need to know.


"Part of learning a new worldview is realizing that philanthropy should not always be creating or setting the 'table' for community engagement and problem solving, but rather should find out what tables already exist in the community and ask whether and how it can be part of those tables," writes Lisa Ranghelli in a post on the NCRP blog. 

How much influence does philanthropy have? That was the topic of a late September "breakfast club" discussion hosted by UK-based Alliance magizine and the Charities Aid Foundation. The panel included Sally Berkovic, chief executive of the Rothschild Foundation Europe; Linsey McGoey, senior lecturer in sociology at the University of Essex; Adam Pickering, international policy manager at CAF; and Alliance editor Charles Keidan.

In a post on the Glasspockets blog, Janet Camarena, director of transparency initiatives at Foundation Center, introduces the California Foundation Stats dashboard, a free online tool that provides access to hundreds of charts and tables on the size, scope, and giving priorities of California foundations as well as giving to California-based recipients by funders outside the state.


And on CNN Money, Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, explains why poverty is sexist.

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