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Weekend Link Roundup (February 25-26, 2017)

February 26, 2017

Our weekly roundup of noteworthy items from and about the social sector. For more links to great content, follow us on Twitter at @pndblog....


African Americans

As Black History Month winds down, here are six facts about black Americans, courtesy of Pew Research, that everyone should be aware of.

Arts and Culture

The Trump administration has targeted the National Endowment for the Arts for elimination. In a piece for the Huffington Post, Mark McLaren, editor in chief of ZEALnyc, explains why that would be a disaster for communities across the country.

Civil Society

As an antidote to the "filter bubble" problem, the Aspen Institute's Citizenship & American Identity Program has launched an initiative, What Every American Should Know, that asks Americans to answer the question: "What do you think Americans should know to be civically and culturally literate?" Kimber Craine explains.

In a short but sobering post on her Philanthropy 2173 blog, Lucy Bernholz speculates that nonprofit groups and civic associations may have "already lost any digital space in which we can have private conversations."

Climate Change

"As the Trump administration prepares to launch what is shaping up as unprecedented assault on environmental regulations,...environmental groups are getting little help from their so-called partners in corporate America," writes Nonprofit Chronicles blogger Marc Gunther. "At a perilous moment for the environment, big business is mostly silent." Why won't American business push for action on climate? And why is it a big deal? Gunther explains.


In a piece for the Kaiser Health News network, Julie Rovner reports that support among Americans for the Affordable Care Act is growing as the Republican-controlled Congress moves to repeal it.


The Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation, which works to improve the lives of children, families and communities across the country, is the latest national foundation to release a statement on the Trump administration's exceutive actions on immigration.


A year and a half into her tenure as CEO of Feeding America, Diana Aviv, the former head of Independent Sector, is gearing up for what could be the greatest threat to the social safety net in decades. Eden Stiffman reports for the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

What are Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union doing with the flood of donations they have received the election? You might be surprised. Cale Guthrie Weismann reports for Fast Company.

As the White House and Republican-controlled Congress move on multiple fronts to roll back years of social and environmental progress, it's more than a little ironic that marginalized communities are being asked to spearhead the opposition to those efforts while not being given the resources they need to succeed, writes Vu Le on his NWB blog. How can funders do a better job of supporting marginalized communities, especially communities of color? Le has some recommendations.

In a Q&A on her Social Velocity blog, Nell Edgington chats with Hilda Polanco, founder/CEO of consulting firm FMA about why it's so hard for nonprofits to achieve financial sustainability.


The rich are different than you and me. And, yes, it's because they have more money. A lot more money. How they made it, and what they choose to do with it, is the subject of this Paul Sullivan piece for the New York Times.

Confronted by rapid change, uncertainty, and urgent calls for action, how should a foundation balance a commitment to strategy with a capacity to adapt? Barr Foundation president Jim Canales shares some thoughts on the foundation's blog. 

"Just as the line between objective reporting of news on the one hand and analysis and opinion on the other has become blurred in the mainstream media, the line between research and opinion or theory (or half-assed guesses) has become similarly blurred among those seeking to influence leaders," writes Center for Effective Philanthropy president Phil Buchanan. And it "happens in the philanthropy world, too."


And in a post on his Nonprofit Law Blog, Gene Tagaki explains why and how repeal of the Johnson Amendment would greatly increase the flow of dark money into American politics and further undermine our democratic institutions.

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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