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A Call for Continued Open Standards and Net Neutrality

November 22nd, 2010  |  Source: scientificamerican.com

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, warned that social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Friendster constitute one of "several threats to the Web's universality."

In an article in Scientific American, Berners-Lee argues that the openness of the Internet is at risk and must be defended lest we "lose the freedom to connect with whichever Web sites we want."

Where Google DotOrg went wrong

August 26th, 2010  |  Source: Stanford Social Innovation Review

Google’s philanthropy, dubbed DotOrg, launched in 2004 with bold ambitions and almost $1 billion in seed funding. But the corporate culture built by engineers proved challenging for the development experts brought in to run DotOrg. Six years later, the philanthropy’s leadership has been replaced and its ambitions have shrunk.

United Nations Association Forms Alliance to Survive

August 17th, 2010  |  Source: http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20100816/FREE...

Amid declining financial support, nonprofit organization teams up with Ted Turner-funded U.N. Foundation.

The United Nations Association of the United States of America stayed true to its mission to foster American support for the United Nations even when the U.N.’s own actions seemed to undercut American values. And today U.S. support for the U.N. is as strong as it’s ever been. Not so for UNA-USA.

The association, located a block west of the iconic U.N. headquarters, has run out of money. Its donor base is old, and its membership is flagging.


SSIR: Summer Feature: Measuring Social Value

August 12th, 2010  |  Source: Stanford Social Innovation Review

(Article free for one week only!)

When people approach social value as subjective, malleable, and variable, they create better metrics to capture it.

Homeless: The Motel Kids of Orange County.

July 27th, 2010

ALEXANDRA PELOSI’s latest for HBO Documentaries premieres at 9 p.m. 7/26/10:

In the Emmy-nominated filmmaker’s sixth documentary, Pelosi chronicles the lives of children living on the poverty line in one of the nation’s richest counties.

Rep. Judy Biggert and Sen. Chris Dodd introduced the film in Washington last week.

Website http://itsh.bo/aPTNYt Movie poster http://bit.ly/9Am1ve

Cause Marketing a dirty little secret: most nonprofits are taxed on their partnerships with sponsors

July 23rd, 2010

The Internal Revenue Service may be preparing to revisit whether certain types of nonprofit sponsorship revenue should be considered taxable unrelated business income. While the IRS has taken no definitive steps in that direction, experts say nonprofit organizations and their corporate partners should be alert to the possibility of a review of the safe harbor for some sponsorship benefits and, more immediately, be aware of the government’s recent heightened scrutiny of sponsorship activity

Humanitarian Accountability Partnership certification awarded to Concern Worldwide

June 30th, 2010

The international Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP) has certified Concern Worldwide, the aid and development agency, in recognition of the agency’s adherence to and application of the highest international standards in all of its work.

Concern is one of just 8 International Non-Governmental Organizations to receive such certification.


TechSoup Global and GuideStar International Combine Operations

April 15th, 2010  |  Source: http://bit.ly/arsffc

Cross-Border Nonprofit Merger Strengthens Global Capacity-Building Programs for Civil Society


Michael Fairbanks knows what he is talking about and blogs it on HuffPo

March 8th, 2010

Michael Fairbanks is a Co-Founder of SEVEN, a philanthropic foundation run by entrepreneurs, whose strategy is to produce films, books and original research to markedly increase the rate of diffusion of enterprise solutions to global poverty.

He is the founder and Chairman Emeritus of the OTF Group, a strategy-consulting firm based in Boston, and the first venture-backed U.S. firm to focus on developing nations. He was a U.S. Peace Corps teacher in Kenya, and a Wall Street banker.


Corporate community engagement in action

September 26th, 2009

How the e-newsletter company Constant Contact works with their nonprofit bookstore neighbor More Than Words

By: Bob Nicoson and Sue LaChance*

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