Nonprofit Tweets of the Week – 1/17/20

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

Notable Events of the Week:

  • “The third impeachment trial in U.S. history officially began Thursday amid a swirl of new allegations about President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, which several Republicans rushed to downplay as they dismissed Democrats’ calls for further investigation. Lev Parnas, a former associate of Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani, has alleged that Trump knew of his role in the effort to dig up dirt in Ukraine that could benefit the president politically — the central issue in House Democrats’ case for removing the president from office — and this week provided Congress with documents to buttress his claims.” Washington Post
  • “The operation that took out General Suleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, propelled the United States to the precipice of war with Iran and plunged the world into seven days of roiling uncertainty. The story of those seven days, and the secret planning in the months preceding them, ranks as the most perilous chapter so far in President Trump’s three years in office after his decision to launch an audacious strike on Iran, and his attempt through allies and a back channel to keep the ensuing crisis from mushrooming out of control.” NY Times
  • “Top Trump administration officials on Sunday morning struggled to defend an airstrike that killed a senior Iranian general this month, acknowledging they could not confirm President Trump’s Friday assertion that Iranians planned to attack four embassies.” Washington Post

Top 10 Nonprofit Tweets:

  • National Council of Nonprofits: In 2020, Expect Many Policy Actions That Affect #Nonprofits and Foundations. Here’s What to Watch. via Chronicle of Philanthropy and @NatlCouncilNPs
  • Lucy Bernolz: What top US nonprofits think will be the biggest issues of the new decade | TheHill
  • NTEN: Thank you, @RonWyden: “Nothing in this [letter from Ethos] addresses my concerns that selling .org to a private equity firm would be a real blow to internet users and nonprofits.” #SaveDotOrg Senators Still Skeptical .ORG Sale to Private Equity Firm Won’t Harm Nonprofits
  • Vox: There is a new bill in California that you should pay attention to if you care about billionaires, charity and income inequality. It’s a proposal that would uncover how often rich people are violating the spirit of what are called donor-advised funds. Why Jack Dorsey (and you) should pay attention to this proposed charity law in California [Ed. The bill referenced is AB 1712, that passed its first hearing in the Assembly Judiciary Committee and was re-referred to the Appropriations Committee on January 14.]
  • Bruce Hopkins: TIGTA, in January 6 report, asserts that 9,774 social welfare orgs that were required to file Form 8976 notice did not. This entails potential delinquency penalties of over $48.4 million on orgs and $47.5 million on their officials. 8 fixes are recommended; IRS nixed some.
  • PropelNP: Because it’s worth repeating: Nonprofit budgets do NOT need to balance. Nor should they. Read @KateSBarr’s latest blog.
  • Nonprofit Quarterly: Do you have a gift acceptance policy? From Epstein to Sackler, make sure you don’t get caught up in the next big donor scandal! NPQ
  • BoardSource: This report by the @FordFoundation aims to better understand funder behaviors and practices as they pertain to building influence
  • Nonprofit Quarterly: Employee ownership structures provide wealth building opportunities and quality jobs for workers. Here’s five measures to protect the interests of workers: #ESOP
  • Fast Co. Impact: 10 ways purposeful business will evolve in 2020

Themed Media Selection:

Oscar Nominations 2020: The Complete List (Variety)
[Ed. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a California nonprofit mutual benefit corporation with diversity, equity, and inclusion problems. See, for example, The Oscars Tried to Diversify. Somehow Diversity Didn’t Follow.]