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Weekend Link Roundup (April 1-2, 2017)

April 02, 2017

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

Arts and Culture

The National Endowment for the Arts, which has been targeted for elimination by the Trump administration, is a "uniquely American [institution]: diverse and independent, with a significant part of the budget distributed to state and local organizations. It also collaborates with nonprofit and private donors." Hillel Italie reports for the AP.

Civil Society

There's a lot of noise out there these days and not nearly enough signal. A reminder, writes Kathlyn Mead, president and CEO of the San Diego Foundation, that "change starts with dialogue. [That before] we act, we must listen and attempt to understand each other. What are the challenges others face that we might not? How do our actions impact people both inside and outside our community? How does the past affect the future?" Good questions, indeed.

Community Improvement/Development

"Compared to many places around the world, [the U.S.] has developed an enviable community development finance system that productively uses public resources to leverage private investment, incentivizes banks to invest in underresourced communities, and fosters a sophisticated network of organizations and practitioners who excel at revitalizing places where others deem investment too risky," writes Kimberlee Cornett, managing director of the Kresge Foundation's Social Investment Practice. But for "all their positive impact, these strong, productive programs still [aren't enough to] meet the real need of our low-income neighborhoods, friends and families."

Black or white, economic pain is economic pain and lack of opportunity is lack of opportunity. Which is why, argues Bill Bynum, an Aspen Institute trustee and chief executive officer of HOPE, a credit union, loan fund, and policy center in Jackson, Mississippi, that "[n]o purpose is served toward the goal of creating broad prosperity by building barriers between oppressed groups."

International Affairs/Development

Lily O'Connell, a member of the UN Foundation's Public Affairs team, has curated a nice list of recently released reports focused on key global development challenges.


In a post on Beth Kanter's blog, Kari Dunn Saratovsky explains why the traditional hierarchical view of leadership is being replaced by more collaborative and egalitarian styles — and what the shift means for leadership development activities in your organization and the sector more broadly.


Female CEOs in the nonprofit world are still paid less than their male counterparts. And the bigger the organization, the bigger the pay gap. Ben Paynter reports for Fast Company.

The Trump administration has its sights set on a major rewrite of the tax code. Here, courtesy of the Chronicle of Philanthropy, is how its proposals could affect the nonprofit sector.


American philanthropy has undergone a "quiet revolution" over the past decade driven by the growing popularity of donor-advised funds. But concerns about their opaque nature and the tax breaks they confer on wealthy donors has many pushing for more aggressive regulation of DAFs. The Economist takes a closer look at a giving vehicle that may be as much "about taxes as charity."

"Any project that relies on foundation support inevitably experiences challenges. Grants are not contracts, and foundations must take risks if they expect to bring about real change," write the Teagle Foundation's Judith Shapiro, Loni Bordoloi Pazich, and Desiree Vazquez Barlatt. Which is why it's "worth remembering that foundations mean it when they say they want partnerships and transformative change."

Michelle Hunter, director of strategy and alignment at the Chicago Community Trust, makes the case for engaging as many of your key stakeholders as possible in any strategic planning process.

What can philanthropists learn from philosophy? A lot, as it turns out. Huffington Post contributor Stephanie Simpson, a philosopher herself, explains.

And if philanthropists can learn from philosophers, then surely, argues Forbes contributor James Chen, the new billionaire-cum-philanthropists emerging on the scene in China can learn from the philanthropic legacy of the Rockefeller family.

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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I cannot connect the dots as to why are female CEOs in the nonprofit world still being paid lesser than the males.

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