Notable Events of the Week:
- “The status of a key abortion medication was cast into uncertainty Friday night when rulings from two federal judges reached contradictory conclusions, with one jurist blocking U.S. government approval of the drug while the other said the pill should remain available in a swath of states.” Washington Post
- “A trove of leaked Pentagon documents reveals how deeply Russia’s security and intelligence services have been penetrated by the United States, demonstrating Washington’s ability to warn Ukraine about planned strikes and providing an assessment of the strength of Moscow’s war machine.” NY Times
- “The F.B.I. arrested a 21-year-old member of the Massachusetts Air National Guard on Thursday in connection with the leak of dozens of highly classified documents containing an array of national security secrets, including the breadth of surveillance the United States is able to conduct on Russia.” NY Times
Top 10 Nonprofit Tweets:
- BoardSource: “The role of a CEO can be isolating – when we connect with others going through similar challenges, we find … creative solutions.” For @PhilanthropyNY, our CEO @monikakv shared ways philanthropies can help BIPOC leaders avoid the “Glass Cliff.” Beyond the Glass Cliff: Reimagining Executive Transitions in the Sector [Ed. As a board member of BoardSource, I love this article by Monika Kalra Varma, BoardSource, CEO & President, emphasizing that that this is a learning journey for us all in the sector.]
- Nonprofit Quarterly: US lawmakers are trying to silence dissent by punishing protesters. When we are no longer able to stand up for what we believe in, it becomes impossible to create the world we all deserve: https://bit.ly/3KX6kpB @jretickerflynn @RightsDissent #RightToProtest #activism7
- Philanthropy News Digest: More than three-quarters of people surveyed said that they believed society as whole benefits a large or moderate amount when Americans donate money to charity. @IUPhilanthropy Americans positive about giving but know little about philanthropy
- Linda Rosenthal: Dysfunctional Nonprofit Boards, Continued
- Bolder Advocacy: BREAKING: In the wake of the Kacsmaryk decision… Bolder Advocacy has a PSA for nonprofits: You have the advocacy power to influence judicial nominations and impact real-world decisions. Our Program Director, @NatalieAFJ, speaks out Bolder Advocacy
- Gene: Charities Can Join the Looming Debt Ceiling Fight – @AdlerColvinSF
- Nonprofit Times: Countdown To Colorado Privacy Law: NPOs Not Exempt Privacy law in Colorado has national implications and will apply to a broad swath of organizations that conduct fundraising or other business in Colorado,.
- Gene: Disturbing: Montana Senate Passes Bill to Tax Nonprofits That Sue the State Under Environmental Laws
- Chronicle of Philanthropy: Opinion: Private foundations and philanthropists are often expected to pledge allegiance to one or another narrow set of prescribed views. @darrenwalker @WesthoffElise @Enright4good @templeton_fdn @StandTogether @DorisDukeFdn Opinion: We Disagree on Many Things, but We Speak With One Voice in Support of Philanthropic Pluralism [Ed. Interesting to read some of the thoughtful responses to this piece, including those questioning whether philanthropic pluralism is democratic pluralism; whether encouraging foundations to engage in the unfettered pursuit of their own mission, interests, and prerogatives results in philanthropy’s greatest contribution to democracy; and whether the authors are naive to assume that those involved in philanthropy have the best intentions.]
- Jeff Bradach: Chilling. “One in 25 American 5-year-olds now won’t live to see 40, a death rate about four times as high as in other wealthy nations.” Driving forces: violence and social brutality. NYT Opinion: It’s Not ‘Deaths of Despair.’ It’s Deaths of Children.
Equity and Justice:
Building Better Leadership Pipelines: A Response to Maurice Mitchell (Stanley Fritz, The Forge)
The left is facing substantial challenges from internal and external forces, but if we are committed to building a sustainable movement that shifts power from those who have it to those who don’t, we must be willing to do the work to make that happen. Part of that work is supporting new leaders through rigorous staff development, clear eyed political education, realistic expectations, and a support system of people who will be invested in their leadership, and the organization’s success. There is a path to our collective liberation, but we have to be willing to walk it with intention.
The Week That Made Modern America (Kelli María Korducki, The Atlantic)
The Women Behind the Montgomery Bus Boycott (Code Switch, NPR, podcast)
How ‘Latinx’ united — and divided — a community seeking to redefine itself (Paulina Villegas, Washington Post)
Comment: 1.2 billion people have a disability. So why are they left out of the ESG conversation? (David Grayson, Reuters)
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. 🙏