Nonprofit Tweets of the Week – 12/10/21

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:

  • “President Biden warned President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on Tuesday that an invasion of Ukraine would result in heavy economic penalties for him and lead NATO to reposition its troops in Europe, measures that he said would go well beyond the West’s response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea seven years ago.” NY Times
  • “Nearly two years into a coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 5 million people, every country, including the United States, remains dangerously unprepared to respond to future epidemic and pandemic threats, according to a report released Wednesday assessing the efforts of 195 countries.” Washington Post
  • “When he first learned he had tested positive for the corona­virus, President Donald Trump was already aboard Air Force One, en route to a massive rally in Middletown, Pa.” Washington Post

Top 10 Nonprofit Tweets:

  • Anne Wallestad: I shared some important @BoardSource and personal news yesterday. I will be stepping down from my role next June. I’m excited about the chapter ahead, both for BoardSource and for me. Read more here: [Ed. As a BoardSource board member and long-time fan of the organization and Anne, I am tremendously appreciative and thankful for Anne’s amazing leadership and body of work, including what will be a seminal article on governance published earlier this year in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, The Four Principles of Purpose-Driven Board Leadership.]
  • Mackenzie Scott: What’s getting left out? Please spread the word about the giving no one is talking about in your community. No Dollar Signs This Time [Ed. Mackenzie Scott published a follow-up article earlier this morning – No Poetry This Time.]
  • Benjamin Soskis: Some quick thoughts to put @mackenziescott’s latest remarkable post into broader context. It touches on a q that many in the sector are grappling w/: how to direct to mega-philanthropists the scrutiny their outsized power demands w/o granting them disproportionate honor/respect. [Ed. This is the start of an important thread worth reading.]
  • Lucy Bernholz: How Philanthropy Diverts Social Movements – Niskanen Center
  • Washington Post: Lawyer Sidney Powell’s nonprofit raised more than $14 million as she spread false claims about the 2020 election Washington Post
  • Linda Rosenthal: The “Great Resignation” Problem in the Nonprofit Sector
  • Nonprofit Quarterly: “The world of work is waiting to be reimagined.” Jean Lobell explores the practical steps toward building more equitable, people focused #HumanResources practices: @CREinNYC
  • Independent Sector: Tax breaks for charitable giving provide necessary aid for nonprofits. Read IS Director of Public Policy & Govt. Relations @Ben_Kershaw & other nonprofit advocates’ thoughts on securing tax & spending provisions for charities before the end of the year: Charity Advocates Push to Extend Expiring Tax Breaks for Giving [Ed. Behind subscription paywall.]
  • Giving Compass: A key finding of a new report from @CEPData was that “nearly half of foundation leaders surveyed said that their boards were the biggest impediment to their organization’s ability to advance racial equity”. Read more how philanthropy needs to evolve: Philanthropy with Purpose Drives Lasting Change [Ed. The CEP report referenced is Foundations Respond to Crisis: Lasting Change?]
  • Philantopic: Will a billion-dollar #Indigenous climate pledge pay off? The money is unprecedented, but #Indigenous communities are bracing for disappointment @ForeignPolicy #climatechange Will a Billion-Dollar Indigenous Climate Pledge Pay Off?

Racial Equity / BLM:

Overcoming Racial Equity Fatigue (Benjamin Abtan, Stanford Social Innovation Review)

A Black couple ‘erased themselves’ from their home to see if the appraised value would go up. It did — by nearly $500,000 (Lauren Hepler, SF Chronicle)

Black families pay significantly higher property taxes than white families, new analysis shows (Andrew Van Dam, Washington Post)

Structuring Leadership: Alternative Models for Distributing Power and Decision-Making in Nonprofit Organizations (Caroline McAndrews, Frances Kunreuther, Shifra Bronznick, Buiding Movement Project)

As a Black Man in America, I Feel Death Looming Every Day (Joél Leon Daniels, NY Times)

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