Nonprofit Tweets of the Week – 4/19/19

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 moment President Trump learned two years ago that a special counsel had been appointed to investigate Russian election interference, he declared in the Oval Office, “This is the end of my presidency.” Trump nearly made that a self-fulfilling prophecy as he then plotted for months to thwart the probe, spawning a culture of corruption and deception inside the White House.” Washington Post
  • The president immediately recognized the threat of the investigation. When he learned of Mr. Mueller’s appointment, he slumped in his chair and said, “Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I’m fucked.” NY Times (quoting the Mueller report)
  • “Billionaires raced to pledge money to rebuild Notre Dame. Then came the backlash.” Washington Post

Top 10 Nonprofit Tweets:

  • Chronicle of Philanthropy: “These are just a few ways to really strengthen our civil society.” What Grant Makers Can Do to Help Small, Local Nonprofits Thrive [Ed. Opinion from Phil Buchanan whose book Giving Done Right: Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count was released this week.]
  • Rob Reich: Some questions about philanthropy, large and small, and the re-building of Notre Dame. France Focuses on Rebuilding Notre-Dame, as Donations Pour In [Ed. Read the entire thread in which Prof. Reich notes: “The lesson for me: this is a moment for citizens and journalists to resist the impulse to shower praise on donors to Notre Dame. It’s time instead for scrutiny and to ask uncomfortable questions about tax breaks, naming rights, and political access and influence.”]
  • The New Yorker: Through interviews and newly obtained documents, @mikespiesnyc reveals the dire financial state of the N.R.A., and the threat to its tax-exempt status as a non-profit. Secrecy, Self-Dealing, and Greed at the N.R.A.
  • Alliance Magazine: Making the case for community organising in Europe … “I’ve become convinced that community organising may be the singular most important thing that funders can support at this particular moment in time, perhaps for the very reasons funders run shy of it.”
  • Pro Publica: New: Six years after it was excoriated for allegedly targeting conservative organizations, the @IRS has largely given up on regulating an entire category of nonprofits. The result: More dark money gushes into the political system. How the IRS Gave Up Fighting Political Dark Money Groups
  • Financial Times: Philanthropy’s blighted reputation threatens giving
  • Nonprofit Quarterly: Director of the Center for Economic Democracy and cofounder of @UjimaBoston Aaron Tanaka shares an exciting new approach for economic development centered on the concept of “social justice enterprise” Reimagining the Economy: The Social Justice Enterprise
  • Gene: The Service has Commerciality and [maybe] Private Benefit Hopelessly Wrong in Panera Bread Foundation, Inc. v. Commissioner
  • Fast Co. Ideas: 🎯 @gofundme now lets you pick a big cause—like education or health—to support:
  • TED Talks: “My question to you is, is this what you want? Is this how you want history to remember you? As the handmaidens to authoritarianism?” Watch as @carolecadwalla calls out the “gods of Silicon Valley” for being on the wrong side of history: #TED2019 [Ed. You can find great clips from TED 2019 | Bigger Than Us on the TED Blog.]

Themed Media Selection:

Notre-Dame Fire Photos: Despair and Grief Amid Smoke and Flame (NY Times)