This hard-hitting article from the ironically-named blog “Africa is a Country” voices a number of civil society issues that are transferable to the U.S.—the deep-seated lack of diversity in governance, and the philanthropic savior who profits from systemic oppression during the day and receives charitable praise in the evening for instance. There is much here that may be uncomfortably familiar.
The tragic death of Freddie Gray had roots in Baltimore’s history of racial inequities and problems of police-community relations, but to conclude that an increase in the city’s acceptance of charter schools might be a prominent solution seems like a big, non-racial non sequitur.
Nine months after the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, and more than three years after the killing of Trayvon Martin, the House of Representatives finally held a committee hearing on the deteriorating relations between police departments and black communities. Based on the grandstanding that ensued in the hearing, no progress whatsoever was made.
The Hedge Clippers group in New York has produced a tough analysis of the hedge fund billionaires behind the Robin Hood Foundation, suggesting that their philanthropy is outweighed by what they do to promote policies that exacerbate income inequality.
Every four years, nonprofit housing groups wait…and wait…and wait…to hear a presidential candidate say something meaningful about what they will do to increase affordable housing. This CBPP analysis explains why affordable housing should be a high-priority election issue.
If it weren’t for the productive capacities of nonprofit community development corporations (CDCs) in New Jersey, the state would be short tens of thousands of affordable housing units and billions in economic activity.
Given the serial problems uncovered with the Clinton Foundation, the Obama administration may come to regret this hands-off approach to basic issues in a nonprofit associated with the most powerful political leader in the world.
This thought-provoking talk by Bill Schambra was given at the annual conference of the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence. Are techies trying to reshape the social sector in their own image, based on their supreme faith in advanced technology?
“The Knight Foundation has disregarded community-led innovation to sustain the status quo by funding multi-million and billion dollar corporate and foundation entities in Detroit.”—Stovall and Hill, Knight Cities Challenge finalists
Last week, CMS published on its Hospital Compare website rating results from a patient satisfaction survey conducted in 3,500 hospitals nationwide. This is the latest effort to facilitate better consumer decision-making when it comes to choosing a hospital.
In North Carolina, a legislative committee rejects funding for charter capital expenditures, while in South Carolina, the state attorney general says local school districts must treat private and charter schools the same as public ones.