Nonprofit Resources of the Week – 11/5/23

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:

Monika Kalra Varma and Julia Wilson (Can we talk about …? The Giving Practice podcast) [“Listen in as Monika Kalra Varma, the first BIPOC president & CEO of BoardSource, and Julia Wilson, BoardSource’s outgoing board chair, share powerful stories and reflections on their experiences tackling the complexities of race equity work head-on as a united front at BoardSource.”]

Nonprofit Strategy and Management Resources (Bridgespan Group)

Summer Science Program spent $2 million last year serving 204 students. Then, they got a $200M gift (Thalia Beaty, AP) [Ed. Good problems, but definitely some issues to manage and get on top of quickly, like the risk of tipping into private foundation status and whether that would matter.]

CEP2023 Day One: Philanthropy Leaders Gather in Boston (Chloe Hekett, Center for Effective Philanthropy) [Ed. See also Day Two: Trick or Treating for Grantmakers]

Climate philanthropy report shows ‘disappointing’ lack of funding (Stephanie Beasley, Devex)

Lights, Camera, Change: A Filmmaker’s Guide to Private Foundation Funding for Social Impact (Bolder Advocacy)

What Financial Engineering Does to Hospitals (Joe Nocera and Bethany McLean, The Atlantic)

IRS: Beware of fake charities; check before donating (IRS)

What’s Scary for the Nonprofit Sector at Halloween 2023? (Linda Rosenthal, For Purpose Law Group)

3 Ways to Build an Organizational Culture That Supports Mental Health (Clay Routledge, Harvard Business Review)

Significant Events:

  • “Arab leaders decrying the deaths of thousands of Palestinian civilians in the Israel-Hamas war pushed for an immediate cease-fire Saturday even as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned that such a move would be counterproductive and could encourage more violence by the militant group.” Washington Post
  • “The Oct. 7 Hamas assault on Israel, often described as the largest single-day slaughter of Jews since Hitler’s program of extermination, has awakened a repressed horror in Jewish populations, now compounded by dismay at the way the world’s sympathy has rapidly shifted to the Palestinians in Gaza being killed under Israeli bombardment.” NY Times
  • AMERICA’S STEWARDSHIP of one of its most precious resources, groundwater, relies on a patchwork of state and local rules so lax and outdated that in many places oversight is all but nonexistent, a New York Times analysis has found.” NY Times

Equity and Justice Related Articles & Resources:

Indigenous Data Sovereignty and Indigenous Evaluation: Improving Philanthropic Practice (First Nations Development Institute)

Balancing Act: Asian American Organizations Respond to Community Crises and Build Collective Power (Building Movement Project and AAAJ – Asian Law Caucus)

Beyond the ‘Business Case’ in DEI: 6 Steps Toward Meaningful Change (Katherine Hutt Scott and Barbara DeLollis, Harvard Business School Working Knowledge)

Climate Change Articles & Resources:

Famed climate scientist has a new, dire prediction (Kasha Patel and Shannon Osaka, Washington Post)

What the Supreme Court Decision on Affirmative Action Means for Climate Equity Policy (Jacqueline Patterson, Aiko Schaefer and Alvaro S. Sanchez, Nonprofit Quarterly)

New House Speaker Champions Fossil Fuels and Dismisses Climate Concerns (Lisa Friedman, NY Times)