Notable Events of the Week:
- “Levels of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere reached another record high last month, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography announced Monday. In fact, those levels continued “a steady climb further into territory not seen for millions of years,” NOAA said.” USA Today
- “Former president Donald Trump said Thursday night that he’s been charged by the Justice Department in connection with the discovery that hundreds of classified documents were taken to his Mar-a-Lago home after he left the White House — a seismic event in the nation’s political and legal history.” Washington Post
- “The Supreme Court, in a surprise decision, ruled that Alabama had diluted the power of Black voters by drawing a congressional voting map with a single district in which they made up a majority. … Voting rights advocates had feared the decision would undermine the Voting Rights Act, which instead appeared to emerge unscathed.” Washington Post
Top 10 Nonprofit Tweets:
- The Philanthropic Initiative: This piece from @CandidDotOrg highlights important data for funders on how their grantees are still dealing with COVID and its ripples, and why they still need solid operational and infrastructure support to maintain and expand their work. Nonprofits, foundations adjust to the post-pandemic era
- Kassie Navarro: Big update on ProPublica’s nonprofit explorer:
- More than 900,000 Form 990s were added, primarily covering fiscal years between 2020 and 2022.
- More than 400,000 older tax records (2016-2017) that had been missing from our database were also added.
- Nonprofit Quarterly: See what else @cyndisuarez and Marcus Walton have to say in the article, “Living Beyond the Constructs: A Conversation with Cyndi Suarez and Marcus Walton”: https://bit.ly/3IMxxtG @GEOfunders
- Gene: AI and Associations: Five Key Legal Issues to Consider [Ed. This article was written for ABA Business Law Today by Jeff Tenenbaum. Congrats to Tenenbaum Law Group on its inclusion in The Legal 500 Not-for-Profit category!]
- Stanford Social Innovation Review: “Nonprofits have responsibilities that go beyond the direct good they do.” In SSIR’s summer issue, Shawn Pope @EMLVparis & Patricia Bromley @stanforddoerr @StanfordPACS explore the expanding nature of the #nonprofit social responsibility movement. From Doing Good to Being Good: The Movement for Nonprofit Social Responsibility
- Aaron Horvath: In a new article in, @_MicahMcElroy and I argue that well-behaved philanthropic LLCs–however transparent they may be–are ultimately legitimizing an organizational form that lets billionaires decide whether and how they should be held accountable. LLCs – Good apples from a rotten tree
- Citizens for Ethics: You may remember Leonard Leo for his role in selecting all three of Trump’s Supreme Court appointees. Or for his scandalous secret payments to Ginni Thomas. Now, his dark money network is at work dismantling abortion rights. The Dark Money Behind Kansas’ Misleading Anti-Abortion Campaign
- News at Indiana University: In May, the Atlanta Police Department deployed a SWAT team to arrest three board members of a local charity for fraud and money laundering. IU’s Beth Gazley, a charity expert who researches nonprofit governance, shares how unusual this scenario is. The Conversation
- Linda Rosenthal: How a Nonprofit Can Attract a Regulatory Probe … Fast
- Ellen Aprill: My review of For-Profit Philanthropy, published in Tax Notes Federal last month, is now available on SSRN. Thanks again to the book’s authors, Dana Brakman Reiser and @booklyntaxprof, and to Tax Notes. Reviewing For-Profit Philanthropy And the 1969 Tax Reform Act [Ed. Professor Aprill was also in the news this week for her very well-deserved receipt of the Vanguard Award for distinguished lifetime achievement in the nonprofit sector from the Nonprofit Organizations Committee of the American Bar Association Business Law Section. See 2023 OUTSTANDING NONPROFIT LAWYER AWARD RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED.]
Equity and Justice:
Can Reparations Become A Reality? This Conference Is Bringing Leaders Together To Make It Happen (Rayna Reid Rayford, Essence)
Poverty Persists Because of Us (Review of Poverty, by America by Matthew Desmond – Lydia Burleson, Stanford Social Innovation Review)
The Fallout of a Callout (CodeSwitch, podcast)
Opinion The international donor community must rebuke Uganda for its anti-LGBTQ+ law (Fabrice Houdart, Washington Post)
Advancing Economic Justice for People with Disabilities (Asset Funders Network)
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