Nonprofit Tweets of the Week – 1/13/17

The past week was marked by President Obama‘s farewell address, President-Elect Trump‘s denial and denouncement of an unsubstantiated report that said Russia had compromising information about him, Trump’s concession that Russia was probably behind the hacking related to the Presidential election, and Trump’s insistence that he will not divest his business holdings. Have a listen to So Long, Farewell (from The Sound of Music) while perusing our curated nonprofit tweets of the week:

  • Council on Foundations: The inside scoop from industry experts on 2017 trends to follow in twelve sectors.
  • Matthew Bishop: Barack Obama to lead fight against fake news; Clintons to revive the CGI. Philanthrocapitalism predictions for 2017
  • Gene: Democracies rely on civil society; civil society spaces are closing; and digital is part of that reason – @p2173 #blueprint17
  • Gene: Trend: Funders are asking for too much data that nonprofits do not have the capacity to provide safely – conversation needed. #blueprint17
  • Nona Randois: Hot off the presses – @AFJBeBold 7 advocacy tips for 2017 #BeBold
  • Don Kramer: As a nonprofit advocacy group, may we support or oppose Trump’s nominees for Cabinet posts? #nonprofit #Trump Nonprofit Issues 
  • BDO Nonprofit: What were the top issues facing the #nonprofit sector in 2016? Check out our #topblogs of the year:
  • Nonprofit Quarterly: 6 strategies to consider in addressing longstanding problems of #inequity and #injustice in America: NPQ
  • Nonprofit Quarterly: A reminder of why freedom of the press is so incredibly important, now more than ever!
  • Jeffrey Bradach: Breathtaking. Lots of future upside (if intentional)! 10 Tech Trends That Made World Better in ’16 Singularity Hub


Nonprofit Tweets of the Week – 1/6/17

The new year seems to be more Rogue One than A New Hope with House Republicans temporarily reversing their unconscionable decision on January 2 to gut the independent Office of Congressional Ethics formed to investigate corruption and malfeasance by lawmakers and the Democrats working to ensure certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act remain with any replacement plan developed by the Republicans. Have a listen to the Trailer Music Rogue One while perusing our curated nonprofit tweets of the week:

Nonprofit Tweets of the Week – 12/30/16

Our last post of 2016, a year which many are ready to see end. Have a listen to Green Day’s Good Riddance while perusing our curated nonprofit tweets of the week:

Nonprofit Tweets of the Week – 12/23/16

griffith park observatory at night

The past week was marked by our firm’s holiday celebration, which included watching La La Land, and my trip to La La Land (where each of us has lived for significant parts of our lives). Have a listen to Mia & Sebastian’s Theme (Late For The Date) while perusing our curated nonprofit tweets of the week:

Nonprofit Tweets of the Week – 12/16/16

Russia spys on America

The past week’s focus was appropriately on President-Elect Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest, Russia’s interference in the election and connections to Trump, and the Aleppo massacre. Have a listen to the Beatles’ Back in the U.S.S.R. while perusing our curated nonprofit tweets of the week:

  • Grantcraft: #BLUEPRINT17 now available! Free download! @p2173 #philanthropy
  • Lucy Berhnolz: Opinion: Refugee Tech, Hybrid Donors and 2016’s Other Philanthropy Buzzwords #blueprint17
  • National Council of Nonprofits: Looking at state and federal policy wins and losses for #nonprofits in 2016
  • Charitable Giving Coalition: We call on President-elect @realDonaldTrump to exclude charitable giving from any cap on deductions in tax reform: Protect Giving [Ed. The Coalition’s members include Alliance for Children and Families, American Alliance of Museums, American Red Cross, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Catholic Charities USA, Council on Foundations, Girl Scouts of the USA, Goodwill Industries International, Independent Sector, Jewish Federations of North America, Lutheran Services in America, National Council of Nonprofits, National Council on Aging, Salvation Army, United Way Worldwide, Volunteers of America.]
  • Nonprofit Quarterly: Overhead is often seen as a necessary evil to be minimized as much as possible. This way of thinking is dead wrong: NPQ
  • SSIR: How can funders eliminate implicit bias in grantmaking to ensure grant dollars are equitably distributed?
  • NCRP: New in our latest issue of Responsive Philanthropy: Moving philanthropy from the margins to the center [Ed. Article adapted from the book Philanthropy in Democratic Societies by Robert Reich, Chiara Cordelli and Lucy Bernholz.]
  • Independent Sector: Are you curious about global lobbying disclosure? Check out an overview from IS member @SunFoundation.
  • Paul Lamb: Five Trends in Social Enterprise via @COF_ #socent @socapmarkets @sealliance @redf

Nonprofit Tweets of the Week – 12/9/16

South African Giraffes at Sunset in Africa

This past week President-Elect Donald Trump was named Time’s Person of the Year (even as he raised more issues about leading the country with all kinds of conflicts of interest that Republican leaders are avoiding discussing), protestors of the Dakota Access pipeline scored a temporary victory, and alarmingly the giraffe was listed as vulnerable to extinction. Have a listen to Toto’s Africa while perusing our curated nonprofit tweets of the week:

  • Lucy Bernholz: Yes, Trump will come after Foundations + #NPOS Inside Philanthropy … What should they do about it?
  • Nonprofit Quarterly: A must-read for community builders: 4 Agreements from Standing Rock NPQ
  • National Council of Nonprofits: In today’s #Nonprofit Knowledge Matters: Preparing Your Nonprofit for 2017
  • Equal Measure: Must read by @CIVICUSalliance’s @civicusSG on five trends in civil society via @COF
  • Tony Martignetti: 5 Nonprofit Trends to Watch in 2017 | Social Velocity
  • Greg Colvin: Beth Kingsley @ejkdc & I did The Hill oped, Congress: let IRS define nonprofit political activity. @brightlinesproj
  • Hewlett Foundation: What are best practices in #philanthropy? New @CEPData survey reveals #Hewlett50
  • Phil Buchanan: On the occasion of #Hewlett50 @CEPData releases new research. Read @SSIReview piece on it by @EButeau_CEP and me.
  • For Purpose Law: What’s Next for the Overtime Rules?
  • Foundation Center, SF: New Law Will Significantly Strengthen Nonprofit Sector in New York [Ed.  Nonprofit Revitalization Reform Bill signed into law on November 28, 2016. National Law Review]

Nonprofit Tweets of the Week – 12/2/16

Give to Charity Banner

The past week was marked by Giving Tuesday and (for me) the Western Conference on Tax-Exempt Organizations. Have a listen to the Goo Goo Dolls’ version of Give a Little Bit while perusing our curated nonprofit tweets of the week:


Nonprofit Tweets of the Week – 11/25/16

Peace of mind

Thanksgiving week highlighted by continuing uncertainties of a Trump presidency. Have a listen to Otis Redding‘s I Want to Thank You while perusing our curated nonprofit tweets of the week:

  • President Obama: This Thanksgiving, we give thanks for our blessings, and work to fulfill the timeless responsibility we have as Americans to serve others.
  • David Fahrenthold: NEW: @realDonaldTrump’s charity tells IRS it broke “self-dealing” rules in ’15, also did so in past w/o reporting it Washington Post [Ed. Questions still to be answered: Who will admit to being the other participant to the self-dealing? Did that person effectively steal charitable assets from a foundation? Did that same person just get elected to be President of the United States?]
  • Washington Post: Trump adviser [chief White House strategist, Stephen K. Bannon] received salary [$376,000 in pay over four years for working 30 hours a week] from charity [Government Accountability Institute] while steering Breitbart News Washington Post
  • Vu Le: 10 ways the nonprofit sector must adapt to the new reality Nonprofit with Balls
  • Gene: Excellent quick read for #nonprofits: The Election Is Over. Now What?David Levitt @AdlerColvinSF @AFJBeBold
  • Nonprofit Quarterly: The relationship between charity and government in the UK has “gone horribly wrong” NPQ
  • National Council of Nonprofits: Overtime rules slated to go into effect next week – now on hold – but we’re guessing not forever
  • Gene: Sorry to have missed @robreich‘s provocative keynote about #philanthropy at #ARNOVA16 building on What Are Foundations For?
  • New report: “Gilded Giving: Top Heavy Philanthropy in an Age of Extreme Inequality”
  • Mark Blumberg: Will we see great non-profit consolidation or merger as result of turbulence #ARNOVA16 Here is [a] resource CPA Canada

Nonprofit Tweets of the Week – 11/18/16


I’m back in Washington DC and fresh off a visit to Capitol Hill. Have a listen to Rachel Platten‘s Fight Song while perusing our curated nonprofit tweets of the week:

  • Nonprofit Quarterly: Look out boards, turbulent times are ahead! Here’s ten questions that can ease the transition:
  • Inside Philanthropy: Six predictions about Trump-era philanthropy—it doesn’t look good …
  • National Council of Nonprofits: Effect of elections on charitable nonprofits – A bottom-down but also bottom-up process of policy setting ahead
  • Philantopic: #Nonprofits Wonder, Worry About Trump’s Policies @BostonGlobe
  • Nonprofit Quarterly: What can we discern from Trump’s first day on the Hill as president-elect about where he might start his presidency?
  • Claire Dunning: I wrote about how the history of philanthropy could help the social sector in a Trump administration for SSIReview
  • ACLU National: Today [November 11] we published a full-page open letter in the New York Times to President-elect Trump [republished on The Daily Beast]
  • Keith Kamisugi: .@civilrightsorg [The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights] firmly opposes the nomination of @SenatorSessions as Attorney General. Read the statement:
  • For Purpose Law: Charity Embezzlement: Thwart It With Good Controls
  • Omidyar Network: After $1 billion & 12 years of investing, we’re sharing our #ReturnsContinuum framework: #impinv SSIReview

Nonprofit Tweets of the Week – 11/11/16

Washington, DC - White House back yard on a Summer day

We have elected a new President of the United States – our President – who will represent our country — but who has shown he will not represent the beliefs and values that a majority of the country holds dear — though he will be held accountable to and by all Americans, including those who trusted him with their vote, about making their day-to-day lives better even as many lose their health care, receive fewer government services and benefits, have their family members and friends deported, fear the backlash of greater racial injustice and Islamaphobia, and suffer from the emergence of hatred and misogyny emboldened by his election to our highest office. The nonprofit sector will have much work to do and we’ll need to ensure the charitable giving laws are defended and enhanced with less public resources devoted to basic public goods. On this Veteran’s Day, we give thanks to all who have served this country. Have a listen Bob Dylan‘s Blowin’ in the Wind while perusing our curated nonprofit tweets of the week: