Notable Events of the Week:
- “After Russia invaded Ukraine, the West formed what looked like an overwhelming global coalition: 141 countries supported a United Nations measure demanding that Russia unconditionally withdraw. … A year on, it’s becoming clearer: While the West’s core coalition remains remarkably solid, it never convinced the rest of the world to isolate Russia.” NY Times
- “Fox News feared losing viewers by airing truth about election, documents show ‘Everything at stake here,’ billionaire founder Rupert Murdoch wrote to a top executive in November 2020, part of a cache of internal communications revealed in a $1.6 billion defamation suit.” Washington Post
- “Putin, czar with no empire, needs military victory for his own survival … Putin’s vision of Russia horrifies many oligarchs and state officials, who quietly confide that the war has been a catastrophic error that has failed in every goal. But they remain paralyzed, fearful and publicly silent.” Washington Post
Top 10 Nonprofit Tweets:
- Chronicle of Philanthropy: Opinion: Grant makers should consider a wide range of strategies and practices that can help them measure the real and perceived messy work of movements. @NaimarkRowse Donors Leery of Supporting Grassroots Organizing Need to Rethink How They Approach Such Work
- National Council of Nonprofits: Advocacy in Action is a series of essays that demonstrate the impact of representatives from charitable nonprofits as they advance their missions through advocacy. Read about the impact of letters to leaders in our latest edition: http://bit.ly/3XTNJhz #Nonprofits #Advocacy
- Stanford Social Innovation Review: “Even the most well-intentioned social change advocates can’t unsee the hero narrative that surrounds us all.” Deborah Bae @dbae10 & Kiernan Doherty @kiern14 kick off a new SSIR series by writing about the need for more inclusive #leadership narratives. SSIR
- BoardSource: Without appropriate monitoring and feedback, it is difficult to evaluate whether your board is meeting goals and embracing recommended practices. These are the signs that it might be time for your board to assess its performance. Six Signs It’s Time to Assess Your Board’s Performance
- Kathleen Enright: I am reminded of how lucky I was to have @ClaraGMiller as a board member. I keep learning from her. Perpetuity or spend down. Wrong question: “How rapidly or slowly a foundation spends its money should be connected to its professed mission.” Inside Philanthropy
- BoardSource: “Nonprofits have life cycles, and each phase—from introduction to growth to maturity—requires a different kind of leadership.” From @SSIReview, here are lessons from an early-stage nonprofit on how to adapt governance practices as an organization grows. An Experimental Approach to Early-Stage Nonprofit Governance
- Gene: Sobering – “30 year olds should be aware that for better or for worse, the 50 year old they’re talking to thinks they’re roughly the same age!” 😆 – Is this partly why nonprofit boards aren’t recruiting Millennials & Gen Z? The Puzzling Gap Between How Old You Are and How Old You Think You Are
- Nonprofit Quarterly: Participatory grantmaking harkens back to pre-modern gifting traditions. But making it work today requires interrogating not just who makes grants, but how those grants are made: https://bit.ly/3lP18dv @KelleyBuhles @justeconomyinst #grantmaking
- Stanford Social Innovation Review: SSIR Celebrates 20 Years! To mark the occasion, SSIR’s spring issue features essays from leading researchers, thinkers, and practitioners about the future of social innovation. Contributors: @mikemcafee06 @RadioFreeAsha @ndidiNwuneli @ZiaKhanNYC and more!
- For Purpose Law Group: About Those Massive Unrestricted Grants ….
Equity and Justice:
Statement from President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on the Day of Remembrance of Japanese American Incarceration
When President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, eighty-one years ago today, it ushered in one of the most shameful periods in American history. The wrongful incarceration of 120,000 Americans of Japanese descent tore families apart. Men, women, and children were forced to abandon their homes, their jobs, their communities, their businesses, and their way of life. They were sent to inhumane concentration camps simply because of their heritage. And in a tragic miscarriage of justice, the Supreme Court upheld these immoral and unconstitutional policies.
Despite losing liberty, security, and the fundamental freedoms that rightfully belonged to them, 33,000 Japanese Americans volunteered or were drafted for service in the U.S. military during World War II. While their own families were behind barbed wires, Japanese Americans fought in defense of the nation’s freedom with valor and courage.
The incarceration of Japanese Americans reminds us what happens when racism, fear, and xenophobia go unchecked. As we battle for the soul of our nation, we continue to combat the corrosive effects of hate on our democracy and the intergenerational trauma resulting from it. We reaffirm the Federal Government’s formal apology to Japanese Americans for the suffering inflicted by these policies. And we commit to Nidoto Nai Yoni – to “Let It Not Happen Again.”
MasterClass: Black History, Black Freedom & Black Love – Part II: The Present (videos)
MasterClass: Black History, Black Freedom & Black Love – Part III: The Future (videos)
Black History and Disability (Nila Morton, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation)
Disability Inclusion Means Action (Caroline Casey, Forbes)
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. 🙏