NPQ’s Week in Review
Good Morning! At NPQ, the news moves us—and what moves us is what moves you. Our latest News in Review highlights what our readers bring to us in the form of tweets, comments, contributed articles, and newswires.
But first take look at what you might have missed last week as the major news stories covered in NPQ.
- GIVING: The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University released the 2011 issue of Giving USA, reporting that charitable and philanthropic giving rose in 2010 by 2.1% percent but NPQ has questions about how good the news really is (see below).
- SOCIAL MEDIA AND ACTIVISM: We continue to learn about social media use in civic action. Saudi women are making active use of social media sites such as Change.org for organizing their human rights protests and Pew did a study comparing the political activism of the users of various types of social media.
- PRIVATE MONEY IN PUBLIC SYSTEMS: NPQ has been tracking some of the grants from billionaire philanthropists to public systems – is it possible to buy influence over a public system? This week it was reported that the $100 million gift from Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg to the Newark New Jersey public schools seems to have a slight flaw—it omitted the perspectives and involvement of Newark parents and most everyone else.
- INNOVATION: A study by MIT economists finds that funders in the sciences, if they want breakthrough innovations, would do well to get very comfortable with failure.
And much, much more. Happy Monday!
Readers Pick. Hottest hitting article OF THE WEEK.
The article stands way out ahead this week for the numbers of readers it attracted and numbers of comments made it attracted online and off was America’s Other Philanthropy: What the Giving USA Numbers Reveal in 2011. Not only was the readership on the article excellent but it ended up on blogs and websites all over the sector.
Trending Tweets of the week.
Thanks for all you tweeters out there. You help us spread the word and we’re grateful for your engagement. From cities using their reserves to fund nonprofits to activists arrested for feeding the homeless, your tweets helped to spread the news. Thanks for sharing! And if you don’t already, follow us on Twitter: @npquarterly.
Contributor OF THE WEEK.
Creative Volunteerism Builds Stories
Jim Balone an OD specialist at Magis Fundraising submitted the enormously popular Creative Volunteerism Builds Stories. Readers found Balone’s story of the role of volunteers in virtually creating and building Kunsthalle Detroit (where he also personally volunteers) from scratch as “wonderful” and “inspirational.” NOW IT’S YOUR TURN! GIVE IT TO US.
NOW IT’S YOUR TURN! GIVE IT TO US.
Got a Tip for Us? We Need Your Voice Here
Did we miss something this week? What do you want to see us cover next week? Be our eyes and ears on the ground. Don’t hold back. Let us have it. And we’ll put it right here. Just let us know if you want it to be confidential.