Roundup Reel: Week of Oct. 17

October 21, 2011 | By Liza Casabona | Post a Comment

Are you listening to the daylong seminar on nonprofit finance today sponsored by the Nonprofit Finance Fund and the White House Office of Social Innovation? We are. (see yesterday’s post.) And it got us thinking about the diversity of funding streams that are out there and where the grants world touches on philanthropic giving, the world of private foundations and other realms.

As luck would have it, looks like we’re not the only ones thinking about how things are changing. Here’s your weekly roundup.

  • A recent column in The Guardian talked about the changeability (or as the author Michael Edwards describes it the “protean nature”) of philanthropy and the benefits that confers. Edwards argues, “the key task for policymakers is to encourage diversity in the funding community, and to resist the urge to make philanthropy just as technocratic as foreign aid from governments.”
  • The founder of Donors Choose, the nonprofit we mentioned recently that connects individual donors directly with specific in-classroom projects to fund, was named one of Fortune’s 40 Under 40, which lists businesspeople to watch. According to the Fortune blurb about Charles Best: “Donations for Best’s nonprofit, which raises funds for public school classrooms, are on track for $40 million this school year, nearly double from two years ago, and now total $90 million since 2000. Last year his gift card was among Oprah’s ‘ultimate favorite things.’”
  • The Chronicle of Philanthropy has an interesting blog post up about the potential impact of President Obama’s proposal to limit charitable tax deductions. If this study proves true and charities lose billions it could have far reaching impacts for the populations served.

Think Progress columnist Alyssa Rosenberg mused this week on the points where politics and pop-culture collide and making connections across seemingly wide cultural divides, complete with a Lil’ Wayne analogy excerpted from a New Orleans focused blog.

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