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Weekend Link Roundup (October 13-14, 2018)

October 14, 2018

105499618-4ED5-BL-HurricaneMichaelV2-101018.600x337A weekly roundup of noteworthy items from and about the social sector. For more links to great content, follow us on Twitter at @pndblog....

Climate Change

As the global climate continues to warm, there's a "material difference" between 1.5 degrees C of warming and 2 C degrees. Kelly Levin, a senior associate with the World Resources Institute's global climate program, looks at some of them. And Adele Peters, a staff writer at Fast Company, suggests that holding warming to the former, while difficult, might not be impossible.

According to a poll conducted by researchers from Yale, George Mason University, and Climate Nexus, a majority of voters in North Carolina post-Hurricane Florence are worried about climate change (60 percent) and think it's appropriate to talk about the issue when disaster strikes (55 percent). HuffPost's Jeremy Deaton reports.  

Disaster Relief

Hurricane Michael, one of the most powerful storms ever to strike the continental U.S., hammered the Florida Panhandle before carving a path of destruction across Georgia and North Carolina. We're tracking institutional pledges and commitments to relief and recovery efforts here. And Fast Company has put together a list of fifteen things you can do to help the storm's victims.


On her Answer Sheet blog, Kevin Welner, a co-director of the Schools of Opportunity project and director of the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado, and Linda Molner Kelley, a co-director of Schools of Opportunity and director for outreach and engagement at the University of Colorado, look at how William C. Hinckley High School in Aurora, Colorado, used a restorative justice approach to change its culture.


As we head into the holiday season, families and friends should think about allocating some of the money they planned to spend on gifts to a commonly determined cause, writes philanthropy consultant Bill DeBoskey. "Imagine the result," adds DeBoskey, "if each of us pledged to donate to a worthy cause just 10 percent of what we would otherwise spend on holiday gifts, food and candy."

Impact Investing

Forbes contributor Aislinn Murphy has a good Q&A with LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, who reveals that he has put $1.5 billion of his considerable fortune into impact investments.


Nonprofit AF's Vu Le is another leader in the social sector for whom the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court was a kind of come-to-Jesus moment.

Over at Forbes, the site's panel of nonprofit experts weighs in on the things that the best nonprofit blogs have in common. 

Is your organization one of the best nonprofits to work for. If the answer is yes, the NonProfit Times would like to hear from you.

Giving Tuesday is just around the corner, and Beth Kanter and Allison Fine have collected fifteen #GivingTuesday myths nonprofits should be aware of.


On the Center for Effective Philanthropy blog, CEP president Phil Buchanan applauds the announcement of Kathleen Enright, longtime CEO of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, as the new president and CEO of the Council on Foundations. But in a philanthropic infrastructure landscape that has "changed dramatically" since the early days of GEO and CEP, what role should the council play? asks Buchanan. Check out his post to learn what he thinks that role should be.

And in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Alison Corwin, senior program officer for sustainable environments at the Surdna Foundation, argues that when it  comes to building the capacity of frontline and grassroots leaders, funders first need to "build [their] own individual and institutional skills to receive and incorporate the insight these leaders and communities provide."

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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