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Weekend Link Roundup (March 17-18, 2018)

March 18, 2018

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Nonprofit communications professionals should pay more attention to their usage of hyphens. Nonprofit AF's Vu Le shares a dozen examples that demonstrate why. 

Criminal Justice

"As the U.S. confronts a growing epidemic of opioid misuse, policymakers and public health officials need a clear understanding of whether, how, and to what degree imprisonment for drug offenses affects the nature and extent of the nation’s drug problems." A new analysis by the Pew Charitable Trusts finds "no statistically significant relationship between state drug imprisonment rates and three indicators of state drug problems: self-reported drug use, drug overdose deaths, and drug arrests." Pew's Adam Gelb explains.


On WaPo education reporter Valerie Strauss's Answer Sheet blog, venture capitalist Ted Dintersmith offers some advice to Education Secretary Besty DeVos based on what he learned after visiting two hundred schools in fifty states.

On the Aspen Institute blog, Jennifer Bradley chats with Caroline Hill, founder of the DC Equity Lab, which invests in early stage education ventures in Washington, D.C. 

More than 50 percent of the U.S.-based education companies invested in by Omidyar Network have been founded or led by women. ON's Isabelle Hau shares some  of the lessons it has learned along the way. 


The announcement by the New York City-based Nathan Cummings Foundation that it plans to “align 100 percent of [its] nearly half-billion dollar endowment with [its] mission" raises some questions for the always insightful David Callahan. 

"Youth-led organizations across the country are demanding to be heard," writes Mónica Córdova, deputy director of the Funders' Collaborative on Youth Organizing, on the NCRP blog, and it "is philanthropy's turn to grab hold of the opportunity before us and advance the movement for a multiracial, cross-class alliance of young people standing up to demand a society free from all forms of violence."

PEAK Grantmaking's Alyssa Curran has put together a very nice introduction to racially equitable grantmaking.

On the HistPhil blog, Columbia University doctoral candidate Andrew Jungclaus examines the "godly conservatism" of J. Howard Pew, founder of the Pew Charitable Trusts.

What's a day in the life of a program officer like? Doron Weber, a vice president and program director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, lays it out for Lifehacker's Nick Douglas.


The key finding from a new report by Brooking's Adam Looney and the the Federal Reserve Board's Nicholas Turner is shocking if not surprising: boys who grow up in families in the bottom tenth of the income distribution are about twenty times more likely to be in prison in their thirties than boys born into families in the top tenth. Vox's Dylan Matthews has the details.

Public Affairs

When it comes to politics, the generation gap is wider than it has been in decades — with wide and growing divides in generational views of racial discrimination, immigration, and the size and scope of government. The Pew Research Center breaks it down.

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