There 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.
Advertising 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.
An 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.
When 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.
Progressives 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.
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?
Big 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.
Social 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?
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is a Republican, a libertarian, and a physician, but his ideas on vaccination suggest that he needs a little updating on his scientific understanding of the health impacts of vaccines.
The 2024 Olympics could come to Boston. For those who want to be a part of the history, it would be exciting to have the Games so close to home. For those who are in the nonprofit sector, however, there may be cause for concern.