April 24, 2015

Democratic Activism

Student Testing: A Flashpoint for Debate about National Educational Policy

TestingControversy about the impact of testing on students has grown into a national protest movement.

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Court of Appeals to Directors of Nonprofits: “Nonprofit” Does Not Mean “No Risk for You”

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The business judgment rule offers directors some protection, but it is not an all-purpose shield against claims based on dereliction of duty, let alone disloyalty or self-dealing.

 

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An Unusual Employee Onboarding Requirement—Or Is It?

Holocaust MuseumNonprofits might want to think about this values-laden example of an employee onboarding process and consider what they themselves can do.

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Penn Students March to Promote School’s Payment of PILOTs

UPennIn the U.S. Northeast, nonprofits are fighting state and local government efforts to raise revenues from them.

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As FEGS Tries to Transfer Programs, Staff Resign and Costs Mount

NewsPerhaps unsurprisingly, the FEGS bankruptcy appears to be messy and costly despite attempts to control it.

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For Discussion: Ukrainian Pianist Dropped from Toronto Symphony for “Offensive” Tweets

Toronto Symphony memberIs asking a prominent figure in a public-facing institution to restrain her political tweets legitimate, or a violation of her free speech rights?

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Timing Could Be Deciding Factor in Sweet Briar Case: Will Court Act Quickly to Prevent Damage?

 

TimeIf the court doesn’t take action on Sweet Briar soon, the whole process may become moot as students and teachers prepare to flee.

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Occupy’s “Illuminators” Replace Removed Snowden Statue with Hologram

SnowdenThough living in Russia, Edward Snowden appears to be haunting a park in Brooklyn with the help of local artists trying to spark civic dialogue.

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North Dakota Students Fight for Constitutional Right to Pro-life Club

NewsA nonprofit law firm has charged the Fargo Public School district of unconstitutionally discriminating and violating the Federal Equal Access Act by refusing to approve a pro-life club.

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The Children who Organize Free Little Libraries

Little Free LibrarySome children in every generation are born activists and organizers. These eight- and nine-year-olds organized libraries as part of a worldwide movement.

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Fix This Now: California Endowment Mulls Divesting from Indiana Businesses

FIX THISIn one of many points of protest, The California Endowment has written to Indiana-based Anthem, in which it invests, to say it is reviewing its Indiana-based investments.

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National Review Magazine Goes Nonprofit to Prepare for Growth

National ReviewDylan Byers of Politico reports that, lured by the potential of tax-deductible donations, the conservative National Review is apparently transitioning to become a nonprofit.

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Nonprofit Advocacy Lowers Cost of Drugs for HIV/AIDS

HIV drugsAdvocacy groups within the HIV/AIDS community have scored a success, but there’s more to be done to make treatments affordable.

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Building a Culture of Philanthropy in Your Organization

HallwayResearch shows that an organization’s culture dramatically affects its effectiveness. Culture is pervasive, affecting all areas of the organization, including fund development.

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The Murky “Progressive” Politics in Social Enterprise: Thoughts from Two Conferences

ProgressiveProgressives tend to be conflicted about social enterprise and broader issues of corporate social responsibility. The Cohen Report pulls the issues apart in this review of two social enterprise-focused conferences from earlier this year.

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Western NY School District Drops Native American Slur, Prompting Protests

NewsThe Lancaster Central School District voted last week to stop using a familiar anti-Native American epithet as its team name and its mascot, a decision met with opposition from its community.

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Open Conversation Session Cancelled for Fear of Open Conversation

PosterAre the issues arising from Israel and Palestine too toxic for public discussion? A recent cancellation of a workshop by the Missouri History Museum raises the question.

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A Radical Proposal to Convert the Assets of Blue Shield of California

MoneyIs another conversion foundation in the works in California with the revocation of Blue Shield’s state tax-exempt status?

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Up to 80,000 March in Streets of Dublin for Water Rights

WaterA protest against a new government plan to charge Dublin’s residents for water drew thousands out to march.

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Billionaire Philanthropist Paul Tudor Jones Focus of Protests

Paul JonesOutside of New York and hedge fund circles, Paul Tudor Jones is known as the founder of the Robin Hood Foundation, a public grantmaking charity dedicated to tackling NYC poverty. Why target him?

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Getting the Most out of Evaluation

DataJust as every nonprofit organization or program is unique, so every evaluation presents its own challenges and opportunities; one size does not fit all.

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Curating Change: The Merger of Two Historic Women’s Organizations

Nonprofit DeathsThis case study looks at the factors that led up to the International Museum of Women’s (IMOW) decision to merge with the Global Fund for Women (GFW) in March of 2014. If IMOW was so successful in achieving its mission and advancing global gender equity, what events led to its decision to merge?

This mini–case study is part five of a series of studies featured in NPQ’s winter 2014 edition, “Births and Deaths in the Nonprofit Sector.” Click here to read part onepart two, part three and part four.

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BBC Goes against India’s Ban and Airs Sexual Assault Documentary

India protestThe Indian government has banned the airing of a documentary looking into India’s rape culture.

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DOJ Finds Ferguson PD Racially Biased: Lessons Aplenty for Nonprofits Nationwide

ProtestingNo indictment and no civil rights prosecution of the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, but the Justice Dept. report on Ferguson found the city’s police department to be rampant with racial bias.

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Frank Music in NYC: A Tiny Cultural Institution Closes for Good

Music notesAnother brick-and-mortar casualty as an era draws to a close with the loss of a historic landmark.

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In Unusual Demo, Hasidic Jews in NY Protest Netanyahu Speech

NetenyahuA protest by Satmar Jews against the speech by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu shows that American Jews are not a united bloc in support of current Israeli policies toward Iran or toward Palestinians.

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Exponent Philanthropy Survey Offers Insights into the World of Small Foundations

ChrystalExponent Philanthropy’s 2015 Foundation Operations and Management Report offers important insights into the world of foundations with only a handful of professional staff—or none at all.

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Heads Up, Boards! Even the Most Trusted Managers Don’t Warrant Blind Faith

NewsOrganizations that neglect their financial checks and balances because they trust the staff are being unfair to everyone involved, including staff.

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Revolutionaries on the Red Carpet: Oscar Winners Talk Social Justice

2015 OscarsIt was a night for social justice statements on the dais from the actors, actresses, and directors holding the Oscar statuettes they won for their film work. 

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Egyptian Blogger and 24 Others Receive Harsh Sentence for “Unauthorized” Protests

AlaaIn Egypt yesterday, 25 people were sentenced to years in jail for participating in protest activity.

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