The genius of movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp, and #BlackLivesMatter is that while each had its creators and drivers, who spark and tend the flame, no one has really been in charge of making it all happen. That makes them messy and unpredictable. But it also gives them their power to change culture.
This call to action from Tim Delaney, the CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits, is an alert for this sector to loudly remind this administration and the people of this country that most nonprofits do not wish to be dragged into the partisan political arena. We have other important work to do that requires independence from that sphere.
The alliance between Republican political financier and Nevada gambling magnate Sheldon Adelson and Democratic donor and Hollywood power broker Haim Saban to support nonprofits opposing Israeli divestment campaigns seems to have come to an end.
While some foundation leaders complain about public sector pensions like those in Detroit, they seem noticeably quieter when it comes to the salaries and pensions of their peers, like the $8.5m “additional benefit” given to Yale University’s president Richard Levin upon his retirement.