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Weekend Link Roundup (December 31-January 1, 2017)

January 01, 2017

20172016Happy New Year! After a break for the holidays, we're back with our weekly roundup of noteworthy items from and about the social sector. For more links to great content, follow us on Twitter at @pndblog....


Change is inevitable and trying to predict a future unknowns, known and unknown, lying in wait in the new year, what's a nonprofit to do? Rather than try to predict the future, digital strategist and Ignite Strategy group founder Jeff Rum shares some good advice about how nonprofits can best prepare for


Have you resolved to be a better giver in 2017? Forbes contributor Leila de Bruyne asked Paul English, co-founder of Kayak and Lola, for his advice on how to give any amount of money away, effectively.

Higher Education

"U.S.  economic development has stalled. We've recently learned that only about half of people born around 1980 earn more today than their parents did at a similar age. The nation’s deteriorating education sector is one important factor, culpable for both weak economic growth and rising income inequality," writes Jonathan Rothwell, a senior economist at the Gallup organization, in an article on the Brookings site. And while education costs have soared over that period, he adds, learning has stagnated. Interesting comments as well.

International Affairs/Development

The UN estimates that almost 93 million people in 33 countries will need humanitarian aid in 2017 and has issued an appeal for a record $22.2 billion to help them. The Thomson Reuters Foundation (via the New York Times) asked aid agencies to name their top three priorities for 2017


There were setbacks, yes, but the news for the LGBTQ community in 2016 wasn't all bad, as dozens of state legislatures and city councils considered or pass LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinances. On the Freedom for Americans site, Adam Polaski shares both the good and the bad from the year just passed.


On the Huffington Post's What's Working blog, Verne Harnish, FORTUNE’s Venture columnist and founder of the Entrepreneurs' Organization, explains how the 75-year-old North Carolina Chamber tripled its revenue without adding staff.

Social media expert John Haydon has put together a nice list (including brief reviews) of ten essential social media tools for nonprofits.

What foundations and wealthy individuals do to combat the domestic agenda of the incoming Trump administration? the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy's Aaron Dorfman has some ideas.


If you've ever fantasized about receiving that phone call in the middle of the night (it's always of the night) informing you you've been named a MacArthur Fellow, you might be interested to know that you can now search all 965 MacArthur Fellows by name, area of focus, year of award, and more on the MacArthur Foundation website.

Social Good

Most of us would agree that 2016 wasn't the best of times. But as the team at News.Mic reminds us, it wasn't a total garbage fire, either.

Sustainable Development Goals

What can young student leaders do to make their SDG-related initiatives more sustainable. Anna Mahalak, manager of youth engagement initiatives for the United Nations Association of the USA, shares some ideas on the UN Foundation's Global Connections blog.

Tax Policy

And just what is likely to happen to the estate tax under a Trump administration? The Daily Tax Report's Allyson Versprille reports that the uncertainty created by Trump's often contradictory statements on the tax has had a "chilling" effect on the estate planning world.

That's it for this week. Got something you'd like to share? Drop us a line at mfn@foundationcenter.org or share it in the comments section below....

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