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, November 28
At Most Immediate Risk: Executive Orders and Regulations that Affect the Work of Nonprofits (Michael Hyland, Nonprofit Quarterly) Every nonprofit organization and nonprofit cause or mission that relies on federal regulation, executive orders, or other non-legislative approaches to implementation is at risk of profound change or elimination when Donald Trump takes office in January.
Tuesday, November 29
Seeking a foundation grant? 5 key things to look for in its Form 990 (Kyle Vander Meulen, Philanthropy Daily) Nonprofit development directors know there’s nothing quite like the thrill of sitting back in your favorite reading chair, pouring yourself a good drink, and getting lost in your latest foundation prospect’s IRS form 990…
Wednesday, November 30
How to deal with uninformed nonprofit-watchdogs around the holidays (Vu Le, Nonprofit with Balls) Around this time of the year, we nonprofits work to bring in year-end donations, incurring paper cuts and envelope-tongues in the process (seriously, the glue stick is your friend). Around this time also is when people start pushing “guides” about which nonprofits to give to, warning of shady nonprofits that spend too much on “overhead” and leave nothing for the people they are supposed to be serving.
Thursday, December 1
Lack of Women in Top Roles Hinders Nonprofits, Female Nonprofit Workers Say (Maria Di Mento, The Chronicle of Philanthropy) Nonprofits, especially the largest ones, are missing out on donations from women and hurting their missions by not putting more females in board and leadership jobs, according to a new poll of nearly 650 women who work at nonprofits.
Friday, December 2
Community philanthropy: a brave new model for development funding? (Jenny Hodgson, The Guardian) These are worrying times for civil society around the world as governments seek to demonise NGOs and their foreign funders. In the United States, an unpredictable and populist new administration appears poised to abandon the global fight against climate change and disengage from global platforms.
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