Over thirty-five years have passed since the introduction of person-first language, but it still isn’t commonplace within the nonprofit sector. This may be indicative of a need for more staff and funder training, or perhaps there is an element of “poverty porn” at play.
Have you noticed the word Latinx (pronounced “La-teen-ex”) lately? According to a recent article from NBC News, the more inclusive, gender-neutral term for people of Latin American heritage is both “embraced and scorned by Latinos.” Here’s why.
Historically, the U.S. has not believed in this philosophy and has lagged in bilingual instruction, even though the number of non-English languages spoken in the country is estimated to be about 350 and approximately 21 percent of the population speaks a language other than English at home.
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.
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