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:
- “Former president Donald Trump on Tuesday pleaded not guilty in a Manhattan courtroom to 34 counts stemming from 2016 hush money payments, the first criminal charges for any former U.S. president. The case involves payoffs through an intermediary to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels to conceal an alleged affair ahead of the 2016 election.” Washington Post
- “Wisconsin voters on Tuesday chose to upend the political direction of their state by electing a liberal candidate to the State Supreme Court, flipping majority control from conservatives, according to The Associated Press. The result means that in the next year, the court is likely to reverse the state’s abortion ban and end the use of gerrymandered legislative maps drawn by Republicans.” NY Times
- “Finland formally joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on Tuesday, a historic shift for a country that once insisted it was safer outside the military alliance and a sign of how Russian President Vladimir Putin’s gamble in Ukraine is upending the post-Cold War order.” Washington Post
Top 10 Nonprofit Tweets:
- Pro Publica: New: Island-hopping on a superyacht. Private jet rides around the world. The undisclosed gifts to Thomas have no known precedent in the modern history of the Supreme Court. “It’s incomprehensible to me that someone would do this,” says one former judge. Clarence Thomas and the Billionaire [Ed. The policies and composition of the U.S. Supreme Court and the ethical or unethical behavior of the justices will have tremendous impact on the nonprofit sector in the next few years, including on whether we’ll see more money funneled through charities to political candidates.]
- Gene: See Exempt Organizations Technical Guide, TG 3-3 Exempt Purpose, Charitable IRC 501(c)(3) (revised 3/20/2023) https://irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p5781.pdf – what does “charitable” mean under 501(c)(3)?
- For Purpose Law Group: Dysfunctional Nonprofit Boards: Key Warning Signs
- Alex Daniels: More Foundations Are Examining the Ethics of Where Their Money Came From — and Changing Their Grant Making
- Michael McAfee: With socioeconomic disparities posing a grave threat to all of society, it is time for all #Investors to follow suit to help create a society that works for all. This starts by embracing the mindset that all investing should be #EquitableInvesting. https://plcylk.org/Investor-Blueprint-PDF
- Vu Le: “You’re expecting nonprofits to use capitalism to solve problems caused by…capitalism?” No, social enterprise and earned revenues will not solve nonprofits’ funding problems
- Linda Rosenthal: Is There (Still) A Nonprofit Labor Crunch
- Nonprofit Quarterly: Here are 5 of the most important land-defense protests we need to pay attention to around the world: https://bit.ly/3M6dKrI @IrisMCrawford @defendATLforest #StopCopCity #DefendAtlantaForest
- Gene: I’m still sharing this excellent article in @SSIReview by @JimFruchterman for people considering whether to form a nonprofit or for-profit: For Love or Lucre
- Deloitte: Deloitte’s 14th annual Tech Trends report explores what’s happening now across sectors and geographies, highlights new technologies and approaches that stand to become the norm within 18 to 24 months, and projects where the trends could be headed next during the coming decade. Tech Trends 2023
Equity and Justice:
Tennessee GOP expels 2 Black Democratic lawmakers for anti-gun violence protests. A white legislator survived her vote. (Adam Edelman, Zoë Richards and Tim Stelloh, NBC News)
Addressing Disability (Max J. Krupnick, Harvard Magazine)
The panelists said that too often, prevailing narratives frame people with disabilities as undesirable, unproductive members of society. Brooke Ellison reviewed several popular frames for understanding disability. In the moral model, people ask what went wrong that caused a person to have a disability. In the medical model, disabilities are viewed as physical failures. In the economic model, people with disabilities are viewed as drains on society. These mainstream ways of understanding disabilities, she said, all dehumanize the people who have them.
Disability Is Always Someone Else’s Problem (Marie Myung-Ok Lee, The Nation)
Vatican formally rejects ‘Doctrine of Discovery’ after Indigenous calls (Nicole Winfield, PBS News Hour)
Latinx Files: It’s only a matter of time before another tragedy like the Ciudad Juarez fire happens (Fidel Martinez, L.A. Times)
If there are any attorneys or law students who identify as Black, Native Americans, or Pacific Islanders who are interested in nonprofit corporate and tax-exemption laws and who’d like to pursue this area of practice, I’m committing one hour each week to being a resource. Please contact me if I can be of service. 🙏