Notable Events of the Week:
- “Former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, a towering political figure at home and abroad, died after being shot at a campaign event Friday, doctors said, shocking a nation where firearms laws are among the world’s strictest and gun violence is rare.” Washington Post
- “A gunman shooting from a rooftop killed seven people and wounded dozens more during a Fourth of July celebration in Highland Park, Ill., on Monday morning. A 21-year-old man who was taken into custody Monday evening after an extensive manhunt was charged on Tuesday with seven counts of first-degree murder.” NY Times
- “Boris Johnson stepped down as leader of the Conservative Party on Thursday, making way for a new prime minister, following an avalanche of resignations by members of his party that eroded his authority and paralyzed the British government.” Washiington Post
Top 10 Nonprofit Tweets:
- Darren Walker: However we give voice to our patriotism, let’s build longer bridges, not higher walls. The cost of the alternative is greater than any of us can bear. My reflection on the American identity and the need for tolerance, nuance, and unity at this moment: The Founders Bequeathed Us Something Radical [Ed. In the print edition, the title of this opinion piece from Darren Walker, CEO of the Fors Foundation: America is Worth Saving]
- Cyndi Suarez: “As Arizona legislators criminalize protesters and undocumented immigrants, an organizer taps into the power of community to demand justice for Black and Brown people—but using her voice comes at a cost.” I Was Arrested For Protesting Racial Injustice—and Nearly Deported via @npquarterly
- David Fahrenthold: NEW: The story of an alleged charity scam that’s scared people across the nonprofit world. Not because it was clever. Because it was terrible– and it worked. One reason: a new fast-and-loose IRS vetting system that only denies one charity in 2,400. 76 Fake Charities Shared a Mailbox. The I.R.S. Approved Them All.
- Richard Tofel: Why? Because of this: Pro Publica [Ed. In response to the Fahrenthold tweet above.]
- Lucy Bernholz: Crusaders: The Philanthropic Funders That Helped Bring an End to Roe v. Wade | Inside Philanthropy
- Caritas Law Group: Who Investigates Non-profit Organizations?
- Philliteracy: Born OTD in 1947, US writer & comedian Larry David. The “Anonymous Donor” episode of his Curb Your Enthusiasm show is one of the sharpest modern satirical takes on the relationship between philanthropy & social status. Watch pt 1 here
- Benjamin Soskis: Finally getting a chance to read @GivingTuesday’s report on 2021 trends in global generosity. It’s a must read for those trying to promote a more expansive def. of “giving.” One key finding: only 10% of giving in US was of money to registered charities.
- Linda Rosenthal: Seriously, Nonprofits: It’s Still Raining Money
- Ellen Aprill: As of today, I am retired. My life is not going to change much in immediate future – still writing articles, planning conferences. But still, it feels a bit odd. Advice on how to approach retirement welcome! [Ed. Professor Aprill’s contribution to the nonprofit sector, particularly in the area of tax law, has been incredibly valuable, and we’re glad to know she will still be writing articles and planning conferences, including this year’s WCTEO!]
Racial Equity and Justice:
After a Black man is killed by police, a city cancels its July Fourth celebration (Timothy Bella, Washington Post)
The impact of COVID-19, a million deaths in (Code Switch)
Ibram X. Kendi: I Suspect Sen. Cruz Didn’t Read “How To Be An Antiracist” (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert)
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. 🙏