May 29, 2015

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Political Grandstanding Overwhelms Reason at Judiciary Committee Hearing on Policing

RacismNine 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.

A Twitter’s-Eye View of President Obama’s Poverty Summit

BirdsTweets from President Obama’s Poverty Summit at Georgetown University last week may signal specific areas of attention for nonprofits and foundations. 

On Human Creativity and the Liberal Arts: Walter Isaacson on Philanthropy

Walter IsaacsonIn 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. 

 

A New Scheme for Judging Corporate “Just”-ness, Starring…

JonesAdd 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.

The Bradley Foundation’s Agenda Setting: The Intersection with Partisan Politics

WalkerBradley 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.

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.