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Weekend Link Roundup (March 4-5, 2017)

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Arts and Culture

"The right of artists and journalists to tweak the nose of power, to challenge what we believe, to criticize those in high places, to hold accountable people who otherwise might anoint themselves kings, cannot be abridged because we find it at times uncomfortable," writes Heinz Endowments president Grant Oliphant on the foundation's Point blog. And the "very real possibility that the tiny levels of federal spending for the NEA, NEH and CPB will be eliminated has...obviously nothing to do with balancing budgets or fiscal prudence. It is an attack, pure and simple, on independent and potentially critical voices. It is an expression of disdain for the magical ability of art and journalism to knit our country and its people back together again, and of cowardly antipathy toward those who dare speak unpleasant truths to power...."

Civil Society

Citing efforts to repeal the Johnson Amendment, proposed budget cuts to the IRS, pending anti-protest bills in at least sixteen states, the renewed drive to kill net neutrality, and other developments, Lucy Bernholz argues in a post on her Philanthropy 2173 that "[c]ivil society in the U.S. is being deliberately undermined" and that, just like current attacks on the press, these efforts "are both deliberate and purpose-built."


In this Comcast Newsmaker video (running time, 5:09), Kresge Foundation president Rip Rapson discusses the drivers behind the foundation's early childhood work in Detroit.


Looking to hire a fundraising consultant? Consultant Aly Sterling has put together a nice presentation with a dozen "essential" tips for you to consider and keep in mind.


The folks at @Pay have the answers to your questions about online giving platforms.


The Grants Managers Network, a membership organization of 3,400 grants management professionals focused on educating grantmakers and promoting effective grantmaking, has changed its name to PEAK Grantmaking.


Curious about what Congress' plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would mean for the future of Medicaid? Sarah Rosenbaum, Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law at George Washington University, reviews some scenarios on the Commonwealth Fund's To the Point blog.

Higher Education

On the Teagle Foundation website, Beth Breger, executive director of Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America, argues that for "low-income students attending top colleges, the barriers caused by economic inequality continue. Even though the 'cost of attendance' is covered," Breger writes, "the 'cost of experience' is likely not. [And] the social capital that is needed to successful leverage the opportunities available at these elite institutions cannot be bought or funded by aid...."

International Affairs/Development

Migration is "the simplest and most effective antipoverty program" there is, Nancy Birdsall, founder and former president of the Center for Global Development, tells Nonprofit Chronicles blogger Marc Gunther. "And yet," Gunther notes, "when governments, foundations and nonprofits talk about alleviating poverty, they typically don't talk about migration."

On the Skoll Foundation blog, Jessica Fleuti, curator of the Skoll World Forums, chats with the foundation's Zach Slobig about the process involved in curating content for this year's forum, the theme of which is Fault Lines: Creating Common Ground.

How does a big grant from, say, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and a mandate to cover health-related issues set up a tension for newsrooms between stories they want to cover and the stories the funder wants to see covered? Nieman Lab's Shan Wang looks at a new report from the Center for International Media Assistance which explores that and other issues.


For the sixth time since it was launched by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation in 2006, no winner has been selected to receive the annual Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. The prize, which comes with a $5 million cash prize, recognizes a democratically elected African head of state who has left office within the last three years, has served his/her mandated term, and has demonstrated exceptional leadership in office. You can read our story here.


Forbes contributor Gloria Horsley, founder of the Open to Hope Foundation, shares three challenges that nonprofits should be thinking about right now.


As Atlantic Philanthropies, the foundation created in 1982 by billionaire entrepreneur and "Giving While Living" advocate Charles "Chuck" Feeney, nears the end of its spend-down journey, Atlantic president Christopher Oechsli reflects on what the foundation has accomplished — and what its example can teach the field.

What's the difference between impact investing and socially responsible investing — and what does it mean  for you as a donor? Investment advisor Duncan Rolph breaks it down for Forbes

Social Media

And although you probably haven't noticed, but Twitter has implemented a new algorithmic timeline that ensures "you see more tweets from the people you interact with the most and more of the most popular tweets from others you follow." Will Oremus reports for Slate.

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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