Nonprofit Tweets of the Week – 11/23/18

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 federal government on Friday released a long-awaited report with an unmistakable message: The impacts of climate change, from deadly wildfires to increasingly debilitating hurricanes and heat waves, are already battering the United States, and the danger of more such catastrophes is worsening. … And while it avoids policy recommendations, the report’s sense of urgency and alarm stand in stark contrast to the lack of any apparent plan from President Trump to tackle the problems which, according to the government he runs, are increasingly dire. … And they conclude that humans must act aggressively to adapt to current impacts and mitigate future catastrophes “to avoid substantial damages to the U.S. economy, environment, and human health and well-being over the coming decades.”Washington Post
  • “President Trump has long viewed foreign policy as a series of business deals, stripped of values and idealism. But his 633-word statement on Tuesday about the brutal killing of the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi showed the extent to which he believes that raw, mercantilist calculations should guide the United States’ decisions about the Middle East and the wider world. Mr. Trump made clear that he sees alliances as transactional, based on which foreign partners buy the most weapons. American jobs outweigh American values.” NY Times
  • “President Trump told the White House counsel in the spring that he wanted to order the Justice Department to prosecute two of his political adversaries: his 2016 challenger, Hillary Clinton, and the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey, according to two people familiar with the conversation. … The encounter was one of the most blatant examples yet of how Mr. Trump views the typically independent Justice Department as a tool to be wielded against his political enemies.” NY Times

Top 10 Nonprofit Tweets:

  • Amy Spitalnick (NY AG’s Office): #BREAKING: NY Supreme Court throws out Trump’s motion to dismiss @NewYorkStateAG Underwood’s Trump Foundation lawsuit: As the AG’s lawsuit detailed, the Trump Foundation functioned as a personal piggy bank to serve Trump’s business & political interests [Ed. New York Attorney General Underwood Statement on the NY Supreme Court decision: ““As we detailed in our petition earlier this year, the Trump Foundation functioned as little more than a checkbook to serve Mr. Trump’s business and political interests. There are rules that govern private foundations — and we intend to enforce them, no matter who runs the foundation. We welcome Justice Scarpulla’s decision, which allows our suit to move forward.”]
  • Janet Novack: For Thanksgiving, #Trump #IRS gives Mar-A-Lago members another reason to be thankful. @forbes #taxes #rich #gifttaxes IRS Hands The Rich Certainty On Trump Estate Tax Sweetener: No Clawback On Huge Gifts [Ed. These proposed rules, if passed, will result in a huge benefit to the very wealthy to pass on much more of their wealth without getting taxed on it, which will, as studies have shown, result in less money going to charity.]
  • NCRP: What we learned from the midterm elections is that grassroots groups and ordinary people are going all out to defend democracy. Here are 3 lessons for philanthropists from the midterm elections. NCRP
  • Jeff Bradach: If you care about outcomes, then these kinds of community-led / indigenous stewardship approaches must be understood & supported (applies not only to environment). Embodies different kinds of expertise & govern structures from which we must learn @NatGeo
  • Chronicle of Philanthropy: The report joins other recent analyses pointing to a divide in the charity world that mirrors the country’s increasing wealth disparities. Nonprofits Are at Risk as the Wealthy Gain More Philanthropic Clout, Report Argues
  • Stanford Social Innovation Review: #Philanthropy must be overhauled to eliminate plutocractic biases and better support democracy, writes @robreich:
  • Center for Effective Philanthropy: READING: “Bloomberg’s $1.8 Billion Is a Step Toward Social Mobility.” Don’t miss @philxbuchanan’s latest @Philanthropy op-ed.
  • Nonprofit Times: Almost 60% of men said that a lower tax break would cause them to definitely (45 percent) or probably (14 percent) contribute less to #charity, according to a recent survey by @classy – #nonprofit #fundraising #GivingTuesday #philanthropy
  • Nonprofit Quarterly: Trending in Equity, Diversity & Inclusion — The Battle for the Future: Race and Democracy
  • Gene: Why Are We Still Struggling with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Nonprofit Governance?  Also see @micheleaberger’s DEI In Nonprofit Bylaws

Themed Media Selection:

The Wax and the Furious: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)