Nonprofit Tweets of the Week – 2/21/20

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:

  • “During his Senate impeachment trial, Democrats repeatedly asserted that President Trump is “not above the law.” But since his acquittal two weeks ago, analysts say, the president has taken a series of steps aimed at showing that, essentially, he is the law.” Washington Post
  • “Hoping to contain a deluge of sexual-abuse lawsuits, the Boy Scouts of America took shelter in bankruptcy court on Tuesday, filing for Chapter 11 protection that will let the group keep operating while it grapples with questions about the future of the century-old Scouting movement.” NY Times
  • “A senior U.S. intelligence official told lawmakers last week that Russia wants to see President Trump reelected, viewing his administration as more favorable to the Kremlin’s interests, according to people who were briefed on the comments. After learning of that analysis, which was provided to House lawmakers in a classified hearing, Trump grew angry at his acting director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire, in the Oval Office, seeing Maguire and his staff as disloyal for speaking to Congress about Russia’s perceived preference.” Washington Post

Top 10 Nonprofit Tweets:

  • Jeanne Bell: “illustrates how deeply that philanthropy is entwined with Mr. Bloomberg’s political preoccupations. In fact, in 2019, the year he declared his presidential candidacy, Mr. Bloomberg’s charitable giving soared to $3.3 billion — more than in the previous five years combined.” Bloomberg’s Billions: How the Candidate Built an Empire of Influence
  • Tax Policy Center: Key takeaways from Tuesday’s event on the future of philanthropy according to @howard_gleckman: Are Tax Breaks For Non-Profits And Their Donors Worth Saving? [Ed. Watch the entire event and access the provided resources here.]
  • Benjamin Soskis: At @urbaninstitute, for Taxes & Future of Philanthropy event, to show erosion of IRS’s tax-exempt div for oversight, Marcus Owens highlights fact that Trump Fndn, formally dissolved after investigation by NY, is still on list of orgs that donors can take tax deduction for.
  • Ryan Schlegel: Why the decrease in trust of nonprofits? Scandals (Catholic Church, BSA, varsity blues), skepticism abt how the rich influence public life (Bloomberg, Sacklers), perception of blurred line between c3 nonprofit work and politics. @stacypalmer #liveaturban @TaxPolicyCenter
  • NPR: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, calling climate change “the biggest threat to our planet,” says he’s creating a $10 billion fund to fight it. Critics, including some of his own employees, note Amazon’s own business practices worsen the climate crisis. NPR [Ed. Coincidence that “Bezos’ announcement of the Bezos Earth Fund came the day before the Feb. 18 premiere of FRONTLINE’s Amazon Empire: The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos, which traces how the chief executive transformed a tiny company run out of a garage into a staple of American consumerism, and examines the consequences of the multi-billion-dollar company’s growth”? See Frontline article here.]
  • David Callahan: Gates, 2000: Gives $20B+ to foundation while battling DOJ anti-trust suit. Zuckerberg, 2010: Gives $100M for K-12 as critical movie premiers. Bloomberg, 2014 – 2019: Gives $5B+ while mulling run for president. Bezos, 2020: Gives $10B for climate as criticisms of Amazon soar.
  • Nonprofit Quarterly: Katherine Maher, chief executive director of the @Wikimedia, discusses the challenges of misinformation and the future. #coronavirus
  • LA Times: The AB5 backlash: Singers, actors, dancers, theaters sound off on freelance law
  • Lucy Bernholz: Katherine Maher, chief executive director of the @Wikimedia, discusses the challenges of misinformation and the future. #coronavirus
  • National Museum of American History: Today in 1942 President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, under which nearly 75,000 American citizens of Japanese ancestry were taken into custody. Another 45,000 Japanese nationals living in the United States were also incarcerated. #DayOfRemembrance #EO9066

Themed Media Selection:

Hadestown: Why We Build The Wall #NoWalls (YouTube)