Curated Nonprofit Resources of the Week – 12/24/23

Stay informed of the week’s notable events and shared resources with this curated list of Nonprofit Resources of the Week.

Notable Nonprofit Posts, Articles, & Other Resources:

Philanthropy and Digital Civil Society: Blueprint 2024 | The Annual Industry Forecast (Lucy Bernholz, Stanford PACS) [Ed. I consider this a must-read every year. It feels particularly important this year with a combination of brilliant analyses and sensemaking worksheets full of generative governance ideas. The Blueprint offers both cautionary discussion and optimistic vision. Please give it a look.]

To the extent that civil society refers to community-driven, pluralistic alternatives to
the mandated or market-driven mainstream, this is civil society’s time to shine even as
we pursue sometimes-painful changes.

Donor Revolts, Fundraising Fallout, and Why the Ivy League’s Turmoil Matters to All Nonprofits (Chronicle of Philanthropy)

What do universities owe their big donors? Less than you might think, explain 2 nonprofit law experts (Ellen P. Aprill, Jill Horwitz, The Conversation)

From ‘Data Lake’ to ‘Doom Loop,’ the Philanthropy Buzzwords We’ll Be Hearing in 2024 (Lucy Bernholz, The Chronicle of Philanthropy)

The Corporate Transparency Act’s Effects on Nonprofits (Jacqueline Motyl, Fox Rothchild, JD Supra)

New Releases in Exempt Organizations Technical Guide Series (Linda Rosenthal, For Purpose Law Group)

UCLA Law Review Issue on the Restatement of the Law, Charitable Nonprofit Organizations (Pauline Toboulidis, ALI Advisor) [Ed. I was honored to be the discussant for Tinu Adediran’s paper When Donors Meet Purpose presented at the Symposium on the Restatement.]

Board Chair and Chief Executive Responsibilities (BoardSource)

Readers’ Choice: The Top 12 Stories Of 2023 (Nonprofit Times)

How can activists change the world? Experts offer seven strategies (Steven Greenhouse, Guardian)

Significant Events:

  • Two Wars, 50 Elections: The Economy Faces Rising Geopolitical Risks Next year could see increasing volatility as persistent military conflicts and economic uncertainty influence voting in national elections across the globe.” NY Times
  • “Former President Donald J. Trump is ineligible to hold office again, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday, accepting the argument that the 14th Amendment disqualifies him in an explosive decision that could upend the 2024 election.” NY Times
  • “Congress never lifted the ban on speaking fees or gave the justices a major raise. But in the years that followed, as ProPublica has reported, [Clarence] Thomas accepted a stream of gifts from friends and acquaintances that appears to be unparalleled in the modern history of the Supreme Court.” Pro Publica

Equity and Justice Related Articles & Resources:

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Goal of the Month – Goal 10: Reduced inequalities

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Champions Racial Equity in Brief Supporting Fearless Fund LLC Amidst Ongoing Legal Battle (LCCR)

From drag bans to sports restrictions, 75 anti-LGBTQ bills have become law in 2023 (Jo Yurcaba, NBC News)

Climate Change Articles & Resources:

3 wins and 3 losses at the biggest climate conference ever (Umair Irfan, Vox)

In a first, COP28 targets the root cause of climate change (The Economist)

Failure of Cop28 on fossil fuel phase-out is ‘devastating’, say scientists (Damian Carrington, Guardian)