May 5, 2015

Accountability

Message to Public School Reformers: Add “Public” to Your Vocabulary List

Public schoolsIn the race for a seat on the L.A. Unified School District Board of Education, the word “public,” as in public disclosure and public education, has taken on a new meaning.

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Will this Revolution be “Televised”? Social Media and Civil Rights in the 21st Century

#BlackLivesMatter“Our demand is simple. Stop killing us,” says Johnetta Elzie, one of the social media organizers of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Is Wounded Warrior Project a “Neighborhood Bully” Among Veterans’ Groups?

WWApparently WWP wants to own the military term “wounded warriors,” and it appears willing to spend its donors’ and beneficiaries’ money to secure that ownership.

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Some Concerns about Obama’s New “My Brother’s Keeper” Nonprofit

ObamaGiven 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.

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Federal Jury Decides the Culpability of the Last of the SEEDCO Defendants

NewsThe long-running federal case about SEEDCO’s falsification of job placements during its implementation of New York City government contracts has come to an end with a relatively minor judgment against the last of the SEEDCO defendants. What does the SEEDCO imbroglio teach the nonprofit sector about ethics and accountability?

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Software Eats the Nonprofit World

Technology and big dataThis 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?

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The Marriage of Art and Technology

Museum technologyMuseums are using “smart presence” systems to provide access to artworks for people who would otherwise be unable to view them. How inspiring!

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Rodney King and Freddie Gray: Has Anything Changed?

 

Rodney KingTwenty-three years and 2,300 miles separate the stories of L.A.’s Rodney King and Baltimore’s Freddie Gray, but there are some disturbing similarities.

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Why Have 9,000 Indian NGOs Been Deregistered?

 

NewsDespite consternation, context is key to the deregistration of 9,000 foreign-funded Indian NGOs.

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Sometimes, Public-Private Partnerships Can Go Too Far

 

NewsSouth Carolina’s reliance on a private land trust compromised the accountability and transparency necessary in the expenditure of public funding.

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“Don’t Be Mad” – Talking about Homelessness and Community

Pennies Giving to others reveals the hidden and sometimes forgotten elements of human nature that we all share.

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Memory and Silence: Carrying Vietnam Era Antiwar Lessons Forward

AntiwarFor those who did not live through the protests of the Vietnam War era, here are some reflections and lessons from that historic movement as expressed by some of its leaders.

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Detroit’s Grand Bargain: Looking Back and Looking Forward

Detroit Grand BargainAt the Council on Foundations 2015 annual meeting, Rip Rapson of the Kresge Foundation and Kevyn Orr, Detroit’s former emergency financial manager, described how they negotiated the “Grand Bargain” that took the city out of bankruptcy and what they think has to happen next in Detroit’s recovery.

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Another Misuse of Nonprofits? Local and State Agencies “Transform”

NewsWith issues of accountability still swirling, more municipalities consider quasi-governmental nonprofits to manage economic development.

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Rural Hospitals Serving as Economic Anchors—If They Can Financially Survive

Hospitals in rural communities can be important economic anchors, but unless they get the economic boost that comes from expanded Medicaid, they could become  uncompetitive and financially troubled.

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Knight Cities Challenge in Detroit Leaves Locals as Runners-up

 

Detroit challenge“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

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Court Strikes Down “Manifestly Unconstitutional” Law Restricting Convicts’ Speech

NewsA federal judge has struck down as unconstitutional a law that would have prevented criminals from espousing certain speech or acts that could “retraumatize” their victims.

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In Baltimore as in Ferguson, Libraries Remained Open as Sanctuary

 

Library“It’s at times like this that the community needs us,” said the director of communications at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore.

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“Crossfire” and Collaboration from Gingrich and Jones at the Council on Foundations

NewsIn the end, the Gingrich/Jones collaboration on reforming the criminal justice system seemed to be a model for the foundations gathered by the Council of getting different ideologies to come together in—and through—philanthropy.

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Newt Gingrich an Unsuitable Choice as COF Closing Speaker

 

GingrichSeveral years ago, Newt Gingrich was a plenary speaker for the annual meeting of the Council on Foundations despite questions about his track record regarding philanthropic accountability. Those questions remain as he addressed the Council’s annual meeting in 2015.

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Freddie Gray’s Neighborhood by the Stats

NewsAs in Ferguson, the reaction in Baltimore to the death in custody of Freddie Gray reveals a much broader set of issues.

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In the Internet Era, Anyone Can Be behind the Code

CodingGirls Who Code was established in 2012 with the goal of closing the gender gap in the fields of technology and engineering.

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SF Making Progress on Vow to Eliminate Veteran Homelessness by 2016

 

HomelessThe effort by San Francisco with the support of a grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs mirrors that of Los Angeles and a dozen-plus other cities.

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From the Council on Foundations: Philanthropy and Freedom of Speech

 

The challenge for foundations promoting or protecting free speech is in balancing freedom of expression on issues that some hold as mere (if profound) disagreement but others see as existentially fundamental.

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India Puts Ford Foundation on Notice

 

ford FoundationThe Ford Foundation, among other philanthropic institutions, has been accused of abetting Indian disharmony.

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Creating “Permanently Affordable” Rental Housing in New Orleans

New Orleans HousingUsing a variety of tools and techniques, a nonprofit is working to establish a model of affordable housing in New Orleans, preserving a neighborhood’s legacy of diversity.

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Engaging in an Unlikely Manner: Artists as Environmental Stewards

LA River An arts collective is helping to foster a sense of public ownership around the long-neglected Los Angeles River. Other rivers and broader environmental concerns also benefit from artist-activists.

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5-Star Hospital Ratings May Not Tell the Whole Story

ERLast 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.

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Debates Diverge over Public, Private & Charter Schools in the Carolinas

NewsIn 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.

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Documentary Probes Search for Student Wrongly Accused of Marathon Bombing

NewsA new documentary looks into the life and death of the allegations that erroneously linked missing Brown University student Sunil Tripathi to the Boston Marathon bombings.

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