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Weekend Link Roundup (August 26-27, 2017)

August 28, 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....

Harvey-goes-82517_0Disaster Relief

Harvey has slammed into the Texas Gulf Coast and flooding from the rainfall accompanying the storm appears to be as bad, if not worse, than predicted. NPR has put together a very helpful list of sites and resources for those who would like to help.


The team behind the Fundly blog shares five tips aimed at helping your organization improve its crowdfunding goals. 

International Affairs/Development

The UN Sustainable Development Goals are a framework for what might just be the most ambitious development effort ever. And if that effort is to succeed, every dollar contributed toward one of the goals needs to be spent effectively. On the Triple Pundit site, Mandy Ryan, managing director at Changing Our World, has some good tips for companies looking to align their citizenship work with the SDGs.

And what can we learn from UNLEASH, an "innovation lab" where a thousand young people from a hundred and twenty-nine countries spent ten days in Aarhus, Denmark, developing solutions for the Sustainable Development Goals?  Catherine Cheney reports for Devex.


Google News Lab, in partnership with ProPublica, is launching a new, machine learning-powered tool to track reported hate crimes across the country. Taylor Hatmaker reports for Tech Crunch.

We were saddened to learn of the death of Jack Rosenthal, the great  New York Timesman (and our UWS neighbor), at the age of 82. In a long career at the Times, Rosenthal served as urban affairs correspondent in Washington, deputy editorial page editor, editorial page editor, editor of The New York Times Magazine, and president of the New York Times Company Foundation. Eighteen months after 9/11, we had an opportunity to interview him as he was serving in that latter role  an interview that still has much to teach us.


Does your nonprofit struggle to find board members eager to advance the work of your organization instead of their own career? On her Social Velocity blog, Nell Edgington shares three questions designed to help you determine whether a prospective board member is a good fit.

Good news: Stanford Law School's organizations and Transactions Clinic has launched a website that offers free access to hundreds of sample legal documents for attorneys who represent nonprofit organizations. 


Many of today’s emerging mega-philanthropists aspire to "audacious" success. But audacious social change is incredibly difficult, and it never results from a single grant or silver bullet, write Susan Wolf Ditkoff and Abe Grindle in the Harvard Business Review; instead, "it takes collaboration, government engagement, and persistence over decades." Based on a deep dive deep into fifteen breakthrough initiatives, Ditkoff and Grindle share five elements that together "constitute a framework for philanthropists pursuing large-scale, swing-for-the-fences change."

In a finance-driven economy that of late seems to reward equity holders at the expense of almost everyone else, donor-advised funds, which give donors an immediate tax break and enable them to avoid capital gains taxes on gifts of appreciated stock, have become the fastest-growing segment of American philanthropy. But do they create incentives for providers to hoard rather than distribute charitable dollars? Nonprofit Chronicles blogger Marc Gunther takes a deep dive into the increasingly popular, and controversial, world of DAFs.

On the Impact Alpha site, Ross Baird, president of Village Capital, asks,:After Charlottesville, does impact investing even matter?


Is poverty the result of "the wrong mind-set," as Ben Carson, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, recently told an interviewer? On Valerie Strauss's Answer Sheet blog, Richard Rothstein, a former education reporter for the New York Times and author of the new book, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America, looks at the factors that really drive poverty in America.

Public Policy

The Washington Post's Juliet Eilperin looks at the dozen or so national monuments most at risk from an executive order signed by Donald Trump earlier this spring. 

Racial Justice

And in an op-ed in the Washington Post, Wes Moore, chief executive of the New York City-based Robin Hood Foundation,  wonders what his grandfather, who was born in South Carolina and chased out of the United States (along with the rest of his family) by the KKK when he was just six, would say about the resurgence of white supremacy in America today.

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