NPQ’s Week in Review

Good Morning! At NPQ, what moves you is what moves us. The Week in Review highlights what our readers nominate as their favorite content and what they share with us and the community in the form of tweets, comments, contributed articles, and newswires.

But first, take a look at what you might have missed last week in some of the major news stories covered in NPQ.

THE NLRB RELEASED FINDINGS ON 14 EMPLOYMENT ACTIONS REGARDING SOCIAL-MEDIA USE BY EMPLOYEES: We ran two newswires this week that are must-reads for any human-resources person. The law on social-media use in and around the workplace is still being written; the wise nonprofit keeps up. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a report on 14 instances where firings occurred due to inappropriate use of social media. Separately, a decision was reached in the Hispanics United case where five nonprofit workers were fired for discussing their employer online.

IT’S THE JOBS, STUPID: In the week leading up to President Obama’s address on his new jobs plan, elected officials at the state and municipal levels were also releasing their own plans, and many had implications for nonprofits. For example, Boston Mayor Tom Menino announced a citywide jobs program which will give incentives to nonprofits to hire the unemployed. (Stay tuned to NPQ this week for an analysis of Obama’s jobs proposal by our national correspondent, Rick Cohen.) In a related story, Guidestar reported that the CEO-pay gap for women in the nonprofit sector persists.

AMERICA’S OBSESSION WITH THE VERY RICH GRINDS ON: We were happy to see that Obama included an elimination of tax breaks for the very rich in his jobs proposal, citing Warren Buffet’s position on the matter. In our own version of such obsessions, the Gates Foundation got big readership on our Newswire for putting millions into Western Governors University, a college co-founded by presidential candidate Rick Perry and also because some of its highest-placed staff on educational policy are leaving the foundation, prompting speculation about a Gates brain drain. One does wonder why people committed to the success of education would leave an institution with such growing influence in that field.

TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11 REVEALS THE BEST, AND A LITTLE OF THE WORST, OF U.S. CHARACTER: During a week when many were commemorating the almost inconceivable heroism of so many on September 11, 2001 there were also the sadly unavoidable reports of exploitation of the tragedy by unscrupulous operators. Still, a couple weeks ago Rick Cohen looked at an Associated Press report on the topic and found that there was a lot of nuance, even in its reports of charitable failures.


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