April 26, 2015

Online 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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State Audits on the Way for University Foundations in North Dakota

 

UniversityThe state legislature in North Dakota has redefined the scope of the state auditor to include the ability to audit not only state universities, but also the private foundations that are affiliated with them.

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

Risk

 

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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NeighborWorks Doesn’t Miss a Beat after Unwarranted “Exposé”

 

Crisis FundWhatever came of that scathing Bloomberg News article about NeighborWorks? We can’t find anything, and the NeighborWorks America network is simply plugging along doing what it has always done to rebuild and revitalize urban and rural communities.

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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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A Museum’s Unpaid Pledges Raise Questions on Capital Campaign Preparedness

Royal MuseumThe Royal Ontario Museum has produced a great cautionary tale about the need for clear policies relative to pledges made during capital campaigns.

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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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One Wikipedia Approach to Ensuring Diversity in Volunteer Editors

EditingWikipedia has been actively working with nonprofits to support edit-a-thons aimed at ensuring that contributors of content are diverse.

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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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#SaveSweetBriar Demands Resignation of President and Board, Vowing Legal Challenge

BriarSweet Briar College alumni have issued an ultimatum to the president and board of the college: You have abdicated leadership—step down, or we will take legal action.

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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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Loud New Voices Emerge to Protect Quiet Library Spaces

LibrariesLast week, attention was drawn to the precarious place of public libraries in various parts of the country.

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A “Shark Tank” Competition for Nonprofits Emerges in Boston

SharksIn Boston, venture capitalist Todd Dagres says he is organizing a Shark Tank-style competition for early-stage nonprofits and he’s inviting contestants.

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Nonprofit Leaders: Optimistic yet Exhausted in Face of “Recovery”

RecoveryA new study indicates that recovery from the recession may not be as quick and complete as nonprofit leaders would like. These leaders retain their optimism, but many feel exhausted and stressed much of the time.

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Anatomy of a Mega-Nonprofit Headed for Bankruptcy

WarningNew York City is likely to be a source of deep information about what precedes nonprofit failure in the next little bit. The sources will include documents like this affidavit from FEGS.

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Deep Recession Cuts at State Colleges and Universities Persist

DollarsLast week, Arizona leaders completely eliminated state funding for two of their largest community colleges. These activities follow similar cuts throughout the state higher education system and in college systems across the country.

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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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