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Weekend Link Roundup (May 5-6, 2018)

May 06, 2018

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Arts and Culture

Jane Chu, chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Arts, which twice has been targeted for elimination by the Trump administration, is stepping down from her position on June 4. Peggy McGlone reports for the Washington Post.

Criminal Justice

Is America ready to rethink the mass incarceration policies of the last thirty years. The results of a new poll by the Vera Institute of Justice hints at the possibility. CityLab's Teresa Mathew spoke with Jasmine Heiss, director of outreach and public affairs strategist at Vera, about what the new data means and how it might lead to changes in policy.


"The concept of 'fairness' is easy for people to understand, and on a superficial level it seems good and something we should aim for," writes Nonprofit AF blogger Vu Le. "But 'fairness' guarantees the status quo. 'Fairness' eliminates qualified candidates and perpetuates the lack of diversity in our sector. 'Fairness' continues to ensure the communities most affected by systemic injustice — black communities, Native communities, immigrant/refugee communities, Muslim communities, communities of disability, rural communities, LGBTQIA communities — continue to get the least amount of resources."

Food Insecurity

In a new post, Fast Company contributor Ben Paynter profiles Goodr, a food-waste management company (and app) that redirects surplus food from businesses to nonprofits that can share it with those who are food insecure.

Global Health

Former junk bond king and philanthropist Michael Milken has come out in support of the World Bank's forthcoming Human Capital Index project, which will rank countries according to how much they invest in the health and education of their people, and is due to be released later this year. Lila MacLellan reports for Quartz. 


In conjunction with World Press Freedom Day (May 3), a new report (32 pages, PDF) from IFEX, a global network dedicated to defending free expression, finds that the press in the United States is facing unprecedented challenges. They include: record numbers of prosecutions against whistleblowers; the restriction of public information on the grounds of national security; the direct stigmatization of media workers by politicians; physical attacks and intimidation; and arbitrary arrests of journalists by law enforcement officials. 


According to Nonprofit Chronicles blogger Marc Gunther, the recent resignations of two high-ranking executives at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation likely spells the end of CEO Emmett Carson's tenure at the foundation. Gunther, who played a role in exposing the toxic workplace culture at SVCF, minces no words as he shares his own view of the controversy: "As I've written before, foundations are the least accountable institutions of American society. I hope the events at the SVCF  will encourage others to take a close look at what foundations do and how they do it. They are too important to be left alone."

The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI has released the 2018 Global Philanthropy Environment Index (GPEI), an initiative aimed at "equip[ping] policy makers, philanthropic and nonprofit leaders, the business community, and the public with a clear understanding of the environment for global philanthropy."

On Tuesday, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy released Power Moves: Your Essential Philanthropy Assessment Guide for Equity and Justice, a self-assessment toolkit "centered on the role of power and privilege in advancing equity" in philanthropy.

Blogging a day after the conclusion of the 2018 Grantmakers for Effective Organizations conference,  Whitman Institute co-executive director Pia Infante shares half a dozen ways that grantmakers can move from "uncomfortable truths to courageous action." 

Jeff Bezos, the wealthiest man in the world, has decided that the best use of his vast fortune is to make space travel a reality. Not everyone is happy with his decision.

And on the Center for Effective Philanthropy blog, Grace Nicolette, CEP's vice president for programming and external relations, finds a lot to like about Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms’s new book New Power: How Power Works in Our Hyperconnected World — and How to Make It Work for You. 

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