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Weekend Link Roundup (July 14-15, 2018)

July 15, 2018

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In the twenty-first century, are private secondary schools antithetical to the public good? On the Aeon site, Jack Schneider, a scholar of education history and policy at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, considers the arguments for and against.


Ireland has announced that it will completely divest itself of investments in fossil fuels over the next five years, becoming the first country to make such a commitment. Adele Peters reports for Fast Company.


According to a new report from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, nonprofit boards "that include a higher percentage of women tend to have board members who participate more in fundraising and advocacy. [And members] of these boards also tend to be more involved in the board's work." You can view the full report (58 pages, PDF) here and the executive summary (8 pages, PDF) here.


A little bit of good news. A report from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association finds that the rate of opioid use disorder among its members declined last year to 5.9 per 1,000, compared to 6.2 per 1,000 the year before, while the decline in opioid prescriptions being filled by doctors has fallen 29 percent nationally since 2013. Christopher Zara reports for Fast Company.

Higher Education

Forbes contributor Josh Moody tries to answer the question: Why are there so few women at the top of the Ivory Tower?


In a guest post on the Center for Effective Philanthropy blog, Social Velocity's Nell Edgington suggests that tax reform passed by the Republican-controlled in December may not be the end of the world for nonprofits and the nonprofit sector.


The Bush Foundation in St. Paul recently was ranked by the First Nations Development Institute as the seventh biggest foundation funder of Native issues in the U.S.  "On one hand, it is exciting to be recognized as one of the top funders of Native American organizations and causes," writes Jen Reedy, the foundation's president. "On the other hand, we are really small compared to most of the other foundations on the list. So being ranked so high is actually more of a indication that giving to Native issues is just not a priority to most other foundations." 

"Philanthropy is 'coherent' when it is logical, well-organized, well-planned and sensible – as well as easy to understand and articulate," writes philanthropy consultant and Denver Post columnist Bill DeBoskey. To help families, foundations, and family offices achieve that coherence, DeBoskey shares six key lessons he has learned over the years.

Here on PhilanTopic, Foundation Center president Brad Smith suggests that in the present cultural/political environment, foundations may have to forego short-term gains if they want to "win" the long game.

Social Media

Fact of the Day: the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag has been used on Twitter almost 30 million times.

And on the Communications Network blog, Michael Roston, a senior staff editor at the New York Times, shares some lessons that the Times' social media desk has learned about the effective use of Twitter.

(Photo credit: AFP / Charly Triballeau)

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