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Weekend Link Roundup (September 1-2, 2018)

September 02, 2018

Labor-dayAnd...we're back with our weekly roundup of noteworthy items from and about the social sector. For more links to great content, follow us on Twitter at @pndblog....


Does farm-animal advocacy work? And what does its relative lack of success tell us about advocacy more generally? Nonprofit Chronicles blogger Marc Gunther shares some thoughts.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

In a post on his Nonprofit AF blog, Vu Le shares twenty ways majority-white nonprofits can build authentic partnerships with organizations led by communities of color.


In honor of Labor Day and to celebrate workers across the country, the team at Charity Navigator has put together a list of five charities that are fighting for workers' rights.


On the GuideStar blog, Kay Sprinkel Grace shares four counterintuitive fundraising "truths." 

Giving Pledge

New York Times reporter David Gelles checks in with an inspirational Q&A with Turkish immigrant, Chobani founder, and billionaire Giving Pledger Hamdi Ulukaya. 


Does the kind of data we collect and report ensure everyone has a fair and just opportunity to live their healthiest life possible? Absolutely. And as Tiny Kauh explains on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Culture of Health blog, a new report from PolicyLink (with support from the foundation) is "a first step toward identifying solutions for improving data and, ultimately, better health equity in our nation."


In a post on her Social Velocity blog, Nell Edgington reflects on the buzz generated by Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World, Anand Giridharadas' newly published indictment of philanthropy in the twenty-first century and some of the potential implications of the conversation sparked by the book.

Philanthropy 2173's Lucy Bernholz takes a closer look at — and asks some good questions about — a House bill (H.R. 6616) that would allow employers to create so-called flexible giving accounts, enabling employees to make pre-tax payroll deductions of up to $5,000 per year into an account through their employer and designate the nonprofits to receive the funds.

On our sister GrantCraft blog, Claire Peeps, executive director of the Durfee Foundation, argues that instead of expecting a specific outcome and looking for grantees to confirm it, grantmakers should commit more of their resources to pursuing promising hypotheses.

What does a mission-driven HR department look like? On the Ford Foundation's Equal Change blog, Diane Samuels, the foundation's HR director, shares her thoughts.

On the HistPhil blog, Rebecca W. Rimel, president and CEO of the Pew Charitable Trusts, remembers H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, the Philadelphia philanthropist who passed away at the age of 88 on August 5.


Roger Colinvaux, a professor of law and director of the Law and Public Policy Program at the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America, continues HistPhil’s forum on anonymous giving with a timely post that places the controversies over "dark money" contributions into historical and legal context.

Sustainable Development Goals

Social change is more complicated than rocket science, writes Chris Man, co-founder of FieldWorks, a UK-based social enterprise that champions socially accountable NGOs in low-middle income countries on the Center for Effective Philanthropy blog. And if "the international development funding community wants to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and improve the lives of people, then how they consider their partners and partnerships is important." 

That's it for this week. Got something you'd like to share? Drop us a note at mfn@foundationcenter.org.

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