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Weekend Link Roundup (April 29-30, 2017)

April 30, 2017

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

Children and Youth

In a post on the Colorado Trust site, Kristin Jones, the trust's assistant director of communications, details three of the structural factors that, according to the latest data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT initiative,  are holding back children in the state, with real consequences for their health.


As if there isn't already enough in the world to disagree about, design shop Elevation has created a gallery showcasing its favorite 75 nonprofit logos. Let the games begin!


Barry Gold, director of the Environment program at the Walton Family Foundation, explains why fishing reforms recently enacted in Indonesia and the U.S. Gulf Coast region point the way to a more sustainable fishing industry in the twenty-first century.

Foundation Center has launched a new Web portal, FundingTheOcean.org, designed to help funders and activists track, inform, and inspire ocean conservation. 

The UN Foundation's Justine Sullivan shares seven reasons why the U.S. would be foolish to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Food Insecurity

On the Civil Eats site, Mark Winne talks to Andy Fisher, author of the new book, Big Hunger: The Unholy Alliance Between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups, about poverty, the "business" of hunger, and Fisher's vision for a new anti-hunger movement.


Think your charitable giving is doing as much good as it could, or should, be? You might want to think again. In the nonprofit world, as in society more generally, the rich are getting richer. "Well-established, brand-name organizations see spikes in donations, especially during crises," writes Marc Gunther in a piece for Vox, while "[s]maller groups, including those that are deemed to be more effective than their better-known peers, and especially those serving the extreme poor, are left to muddle along."


Raj Panjabi, a doctor at Harvard Medical School, has a plan to teach community health workers in remote areas how to administer simple healthcare procedures. And if Last Mile Health, the organization he has created to do that, is successful, he might just save 30 million lives by 2030. Colby Itkowitz reports for the Washington Post.


Goethe, the nineteenth-century German writer and Romantic, was a proponent of boldness. So is Jeanné Isler, vice president and chief engagement officer at the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, who in a post on the NCRP blog urges nonprofits to be brave and have more "courageous" conversations with their funders.

Social Velocity's Nell Edgington has a nice post on the Program Matrix, a tool that can help nonprofit leaders figure out "where to focus their resources and how to plan for the future."

Vu Le has changed the name of his popular blog — and explains why here.


What can local funders do in response to the new political environment? On the Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia site, Karen Rice, grants and communications manager at the Claneil Foundation, shares some very practical advice.

In this hour-long webcast from the USC Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy, Fred Ali, president and CEO of the Weingart Foundation, chats with MacArthur Foundation president Julia Stasch about MacArthur's approach to public problem solving and the need for risk-taking and collaboration in philanthropy.


Since the election in November, elites on both coasts have spent a good deal of time wondering and worrying about rural America. But are those conversations missing the bigger picture? Sean Illing reports for Vox.

Public Affairs

"How can we open up a prospect of liberty and justice for all?" asks Danielle Allen, a contributing columnist for the Washington Post. "Only if we, the people, and we, the elites, are committed to the flourishing of all...."


Mashable's Gigi Sohn reports on a plan unveiled by Ajit Pai, the Trump administration's choice to chair the Federal Communications Commission, that would gut network neutrality rules put in place in 2015. Pai's proposals will be a boon for giant Internet Service Providers (ISPs) like Comcast, AT&T, and Charter, writes Sohn, while moving the rest of us a step closer to the day when the open Internet is just a memory. (Cue Inspector Renault.)

Tax Reform/Policy

And Tim Delaney, president and CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits, the nation’s largest network of charitable nonprofits, has issued a statement in response to the tax reform outline released last week by the White House

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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