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Weekly Reader – January 30, 2017

What we’re reading and recommending this week. We add to this post throughout the week and look for your suggestions in the comments.

Monday, January 30

Nonprofits Using H-1B Visa Program Face Uncertainty (Julius A. Karash, The Nonprofit Times) The H-1B visa program is “certainly is a tool that is necessary to get foreign nationals into the U.S. to be able to conduct research,” said Wayne Carter, president & CEO of Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute (KCALSI) in Kansas City, Mo. “We hope there is no change. We’re going to be watching the administration to see how things develop.”

Tuesday, January 31

Social Media Capital for Nonprofits: How to Accumulate It, Convert It, and Spend It (Chao Guo & Gregory D. Saxton, Nonprofit Quarterly) Like it or not, social media has become an indispensable part of our lives. Fifteen years ago, many nonprofits were still hesitant to launch an organizational website on the Internet; today, we rarely come across a nonprofit that does not have a Facebook page or Twitter account. As more and more nonprofits are rushing into social media, their leaders often overlook one question: “What’s in it for me?”

Wednesday, February 1

Closing the Gender Gap Could Unlock $300 Billion, Study Finds (Philanthropy News Digest) Gender-lens investing aimed at advancing gender equality around the globe could help create nearly $300 billion in market impact by 2025, a report from the United Nations Foundation and BNY Mellon finds.

Thursday, February 2

Market Making for Mission (Julia Stasch, SSIR) Interest in impact investing is growing around the world. Recent studies from the Global Impact Investing Network, US SIF Foundation, and others speak to the market’s potential to help address difficult challenges at meaningful scale and in ways that have never been tried before.

Friday, February 3

Moment of Truth: Will Foundations Come Together to Fight Trump? (David Callahan, Inside Philanthropy) Well, that didn’t take long. In the first 10 days of his presidency, Donald Trump has served up multiple reminders that he poses a profound threat to American values and policies that have attracted bipartisan support for generations. When Dick Cheney and Elizabeth Warren end up on the same side of issues, as they did this weekend on the Muslim ban, you know you’re in new terrain politically. Ditto when you see the Koch political network firing up a major campaign to block a top priority of the new Republican president (imposing a border import tax.)
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