May 24, 2015

Culture Change

Bob Gates: Preserving the Boy Scouts Means Ending Prohibition against Gay Leaders

Bob Gates Former Secretary of Defense Bob Gates, in his role as president of the Boy Scouts of America, now says ending the organization’s national prohibition against gay leadership is the only way to save it.

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Who’s Going to Lighten the Load of Obesity’s Heavy Costs?

ObesityThe Brookings Center for Social Dynamics and Policy along with the World Food Center of UC Davis presented research on the economic costs of obesity. If todays’ 12.7 million obese youth stay obese in adulthood, the price tag could be a staggering $1.1 trillion.

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3 Types of Social Media Your Nonprofit Might Not Be Using…But Should

 

Social mediaTwitter and Facebook have long been the most popular social media outlets, but they are starting to show their age. How can your organization use more current online platforms to its advantage?

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Remembering the Lessons of Vietnam Means Rejecting the Pentagon’s Revisionist History

VietnamThe Pentagon has apparently backed down on its plans to issue its own whitewashed history of the Vietnam War, but there is more to be done to ensure that the public gets the full story on what really happened five decades ago.

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Nonprofit Teases BSA with Donation to Repeal Ban on Gay Adults

 

Boy ScoutsScouts for Equality is engaging the Boy Scouts for America with an interesting challenge: We’ll give you more than $60,000; you just repeal your discriminatory policy.

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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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A Next Generation of Cause Marketing Featuring…Integrity! (We Hope.)

NikeThis Forbes article looks at a number of different cause marketing efforts whose sponsoring corporations have come under fire for inconsistencies.

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Fundraising Isn’t about Money…Neither is Giving: Part 2

GivingThis is the second in a multi-part column by Simone Joyaux about linking autobiography to notions of philanthropy. Make sure you read the first part first.

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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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From the Global Philanthropy Forum: 50 Million Refugees and Climbing

 

RefugeesThere are now fifty million refugees displaced by war and conflict, the largest number since the end of World War II. NGOs have to focus on the politics of the issue as well as respond to the humanitarian needs involved.

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Nonprofit Urges School District to Adopt Racial Bullying Policies

Bullying at schoolsFollowing a parent’s complaint that the school district was not responding to allegations of racial bullying toward her children, a coalition is asking for better policies.

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Will New York’s “No Catcall Zones” Put a Dent in Street Harassment?

CatcallingDoes our society take street harassment seriously?

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When It Comes to Nonprofit Advertising, There Are Two Sides to Every Issue

 

NewsAdvertising guru David Ogilvy once said, “Don’t bunt. Aim out of the ballpark. Aim for the company of immortals.” For advertisements to be effective, especially outdoor ads, he advised that they had to teach, stimulate conversation, and persuade.

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Useful Study Reveals Generational Differences in What Engages Donors

DonateThe new report from Abila suggests it’s worthwhile to offer a variety of approaches to engagement to welcome donors of every age.

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Nonprofit Journalism in the U.S. May Be a Template for Other Countries

 

JournalismNonprofit news site leaders talk about the secrets to their success so far.

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More Thinking about Contest Philanthropy: Market-Based Approaches

CrownsAn interesting defense of the proposed philanthropic contest at the Council on Foundations has emerged from the Case Foundation, touting contests as “market-based approaches” that can find innovative solutions to social phenomena such as local or national economic conditions—and somehow democratize philanthropy in the process. 

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The Nonprofit Job Skills You’ll Need by 2020

Future jobsHow the nonprofit job experience in 2020 will be different: More technology skills needed, more student loan debt, and more companies becoming social impact oriented.

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Community College of Philadelphia to Offset Tuition for More than 400

Philly collegesIn celebration of 50 years, the Community College of Philadelphia pushes its doors open wider with the expectation of a different future for the institution and the city itself.

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The Affordability Dynamics in UK’s Public or “Social” Housing Paralleled in US

social housingThis is what government cuts in housing assistance do to social housing in the UK. It’s not all that different from the U.S.

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Bad Taste or Political Naïveté? Anonymous Threatens Israel with an “Electronic Holocaust”

ElectronicsWhen Anonymous threatened to unleash an “electronic holocaust” to “erase” Israel from cyberspace, they failed to understand the meaning and symbolism of those words to Jews as a political agenda, no matter how much activists may oppose the policies of the Netanyahu government toward Palestinians.

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The Hunger Game: Beasty Wins Facebook’s Social Good App of the Year

NewsA social good video game app that capitalizes on convenience and fun spotlights the movement to digitize charity.

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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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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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Contest Philanthropy at the Council on Foundations: A Troubling Dynamic

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The agenda for the annual meeting of the Council on Foundations includes a “shark tank” like  competition  for nonprofits to get the attention of philanthropy. Does this stuff make sense and what is the meaning nonprofits should draw?

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Bloomberg & Gates Create Fund to Defend Nations from Big Tobacco Litigation

CigarettesBig tobacco’s suits against Uruguay and Australia under provisions of various trade agreements have prompted Bloomberg Philanthropies to create a fund to help nations fend off tobacco SLAPP suits—and prompted us to note one more hard-to-swallow part of the Trans Pacific Partnership free trade agreement being promoted by President Obama.

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"Vegetarian" Cocoa Puffs: Boston School Cafs on the Front Lines of the Food Wars

LunchesBoston Public Schools intends menu cuts to reduce costs in city schools, but many are not happy with its plans.

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“You Are Disgraceful”: Reaction to Video of Fraternity Taking Part in Racist Chant is Strong, But…

RacismThe Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at the University of Oklahoma has been disbanded after a disturbing video emerged of students singing a racist song.

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Houston Finds 850 DNA Matches after Eliminating Rape Kit Backlog

DNA matchesAfter a backlog three decades long, Houston has tested over 6,600 rape kits, resulting in six convictions.

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Esquire Spread May Be Bellwether in Public Attention to Prisons

News In the renewed attention to this country’s overuse of imprisonment, an article in Esquire is a surprising forum for the faces and voices of ex-offenders.

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Social Giving IRL (In Real Life) for Nonprofits

Birds on a wireSocial giving uses the power of networks to amplify donations. Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, and the rest can encourage new donations. But what about location-based networks? Can donations go up using ad-hoc networks of people in the real world?

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