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.
In its obsession with metrics and technology, the foundation sector seems to chronically undervalue the liberal arts. The Aspen Institute’s Walter Isaacson advised the audience at the 2015 Council on Foundations annual meeting to appreciate and value the liberal arts as some of the greatest scientific geniuses of our day, like Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs did.
Add billionaire Paul Tudor Jones II to the list of people who think they have a better way of rating and ranking corporations for their social responsibility—and, in the course of which, elevate their behavior and market attractiveness.
Bradley Foundation president and CEO Michael Grebe’s comment that he tries to maintain a clear boundary between his personal political engagement in Republican Party (and Scott Walker) politics and the nonpartisan activities of the conservative foundation he runs raises questions about how difficult that challenge might actually be—especially at Bradley.
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.
The unusual situation of the Crimson Tide Foundation isn’t just that it purchased the home of University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban and ferries him and potential ’Bama players around during recruiting trips in a foundation-owned airplane, but that the 501(c)(3) foundation doesn’t feel the need, legally or otherwise, to file a Form 990 with the IRS.
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.
When a nonprofit is criticized by House Republicans as “left-wing community organizers,” our antenna goes up to sense an over-the-top attack. NeighborWorks America, the most unlikely “left-wing” group you’ll ever meet, got slapped with that epithet as part of an agenda to defund community-based housing counseling nonprofits.
In this edition of the Cohen Report, Rick talks with the Nebraska Community Foundation’s Jeff Yost in a wide-ranging conversation about everything from rural community building to approaches to rural philanthropy from the perspective of a community foundation that thinks like a community developer.
On the 50th anniversary of the historic “Bloody Sunday” event in Selma, there’s still a fight around voting rights and related issues of racial discrimination and inequity. Judith Browne Dianis of the Advancement Project explains what is similar, what has changed, and where this nation has to go to rectify racial injustices in voting and more.
After decades of isolation, the doors of Cuba are flinging open, with nonprofits and social enterprises among those who hope to rediscover the island 90 miles away. Both Cubans and Americans might be well advised to take it slowly.
Community action agencies, over 1,000 of them with roots in America’s War on Poverty, have to address the nation’s political leadership that is reluctant to talk about, much less act on poverty today. That’s what Denise Harlow faces as she takes the helm of their trade association, the Community Action Partnership.
In his one-hour State of the Union, President Obama offered some important policy proposals on tax reform and jobs and skipped other issues. The combination should be a template for mobilization and action by the nonprofit sector.
Not to be missed, Rick Cohen’s yearly predictions for nonprofits and philanthropy are usually weirdly prescient. This year, he looks at everything from what we can expect from the presidency and the prospects of charitable giving incentives to the future of “slacktivists” and billionaire philanthropy.
By their own descriptions, the new Senators and Representatives whose election will expand Republican control of Congress seem to have little knowledge of, or contact with, nonprofits. To teach them, we’ll have to get to know them.
“They are agile, close to the ground, and responsive to their community’s needs. They are passionate and knowledgeable about the causes they choose to fund. Their giving is decidedly personal.”—Henry Berman, CEO of Exponent Philanthropy