Nonprofit Tweets of the Week – 6/16/23

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 Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a federal law, intended to rectify past government abuses, that gives preference to the foster care and adoption of Native American children by their relatives and tribes.” Washington Post
  • “History’s first federal indictment against a former president poses one of the gravest challenges to democracy the country has ever faced. It represents either a validation of the rule-of-law principle that even the most powerful face accountability for their actions or the moment when a vast swath of the public becomes convinced that the system has been irredeemably corrupted by partisanship.” NY Times
  • “The destruction of the Kakhovka Dam was a fast-moving disaster that is swiftly evolving into a long-term environmental catastrophe affecting drinking water, food supplies and ecosystems reaching into the Black Sea.” Time

Top 10 Nonprofit Tweets:

  • Northern California Grantmakers: READING | What the upcoming Supreme Court’s #AffirmativeAction decisions could mean for funders and nonprofits
  • BoardSource: There are specific characteristics and behaviors that distinguish strong boards from weak boards, as classified by researchers. In our members-only resource, learn more about the six characteristics that will help a board govern more and manage less. Six Characteristics of Effective Boards [Ed. While this is a great members-only resource and a reason to consider joining as a member, BoardSource has a great many publicly available resources on nonprofit governance – see the next tweet below. Disclosure: I’m one of BoardSource’s board members.]
  • BoardSource: Is your board using effective meeting practices? High performing boards take time during each board meeting to discuss critical issues and concerns, making preparation for meetings essential. Improve your board meetings with our resource.
  • Bridgespan Group: Frequently Asked Questions About #StrategicPlanning: Not sure where to start? Check out the questions we hear the most about #nonprofit #strategy Bridgespan
  • Philanthropy News Digest: ‘The sustainable nonprofit’: Lessons learned from Leading Edge’s acquisition of Boardified in 2022: “3. Find the right facilitator. 4. Let the staff lead. 5. Don’t underestimate the work.” @EbenHarrell What makes or breaks an acquisition: A case study in getting the process right
  • Gene: Fiscal sponsorship: Up and up #fiscalsponsors
  • Ross Dellenger: NEWS: The IRS says that non-profit NIL collectives offering tax deductions could be illegal. In a memo today, IRS Chief Counsel says donations made to 501(c)(3) collectives “are not tax exempt” because their benefits are not incidental to exempt purposes IRS Says Donations Made to Nonprofit NIL Collectives Are Not Tax Exempt [Ed. Not surprising. I recall successfully advising against a NIL payment almost 10 years ago.]
  • Wagenmaker & Oberly: Should nonprofits allow financial gift restrictions for certain purposes? Learn more about this fundraising topic in W&O’s blog article!
  • For Purpose Law Group: Trending: Nonprofits Tossing Out Unsavory Names
  • Kelly Phillips Erb: Shortly after the announcement that the PGA Tour and the Saudi-backed LIV Golf would merge, Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) teed up legislation that would strip the PGA Tour of its tax-exempt status. Bill Would Strip PGA Tour Of Tax-Exempt Status After Saudi Merger Announcement

Equity and Justice:

ICWA STANDS! Supreme Court Affirms Indian Child Welfare Act (Kaili Berg, Elyse Wild, Brian Edwards, Native News Online)

Disability and aging advocates celebrate Supreme Court’s Talevski decision (Sara Letterman, The 19th)

What Reparations Actually Bought (Morgan Ome, The Atlantic)

Florida anti-LGBTQ laws prompt families who feel unsafe to flee (Lori Rozsa, Washington Post)

Mark Ruffalo Calls Out Hollywood’s ‘Harm’ to Native Americans (Marlow Stern, Rolling Stone)

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.