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Why philanthropy must embrace the new age of scrutiny

Krystian Seibert, Centre for Social Impact at Swinburne University
and Philanthropy Australia


Philanthropy is currently experiencing a dramatic period of scrutiny. Researchers, commentators and critics are increasingly questioning philanthropy’s compatibility with democracy, its approaches and practices, as well as its ethical standing. 

In this article, I argue that scrutiny of philanthropy is a good thing and call for foundations to provide arms length investment in a new body to facilitate more of it. Scrutiny should be welcomed rather than resisted. Drawing on a newly published article for the academic journal Third Sector Review, I set out the need and logic for such scrutiny.

To read more, click here.

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Eva More-Hollerweger, Flavia-Elvira Bogorin, Julia Litofcenko, Michael Meyer just edited this publication on civil society organizations in Central and Eastern Europe.  Maybe one of them would be a good faculty liaison for the region?  http://www.erstestiftung.org/en/publication/civil-society-in-central-and-eastern-europe-monitoring-2019

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The USC Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy: New Center Case Study on The Role of Philanthropic Leadership in Scaling Resources to Address Homelessness

The USC Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy (The Center) has released Scaling Up: How Philanthropy Helped Unlock $4.7 Billion to Tackle Homelessness in Los Angeles, a case study examining how philanthropic leadership has positioned Los Angeles to better grapple with the enduring challenge of homelessness. The case documents philanthropy’s role in building a field that could respond to a mounting homelessness crisis and a platform for collaborative action that led two voter-approved ballot measures in 2016 and 2017.

The study, available on The Center’s website, was underwritten by the Irene Hirano Inouye Philanthropic Leadership Fund, which elevates and amplifies the role of philanthropic leadership for strategies that scale impact and governance practices that encourage shared governance between foundation boards and CEOs.


Read the press release and download the study here.

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First Volume on Religious Communities and Civil Society in Europe

Religious Communities and Civil Society in Europe: Analysis and Perspectives

 

The seemingly vitalizing impact of religiosity on civil society is a research topic that has been extensively looked into, not only in the USA, but increasingly also in a European context. What is missing is an evaluation of the role of institutionalized religious communities, and of circumstances that facilitate or impede their status as civil society organisations. This anthology in two volumes aims at closing this gap by providing case studies regarding political, legal and historical aspects in various European countries.

Vol. I provides an introduction and looks at cases in Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as chapters on legal issues and data, and comprehensive bibliography.

For more information, please refer to jk@maecenata.eu.

More information here.

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Publication Opportunity for High-Impact Practices in Undergraduate Philanthropic and Nonprofit Studies

Please consider this special publication opportunity for the Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership's themed issue on High-Impact Practices in Undergraduate Philanthropic and Nonprofit Studies. The deadline for submission is August 31, 2019.

Please click here to view the call for papers for more information

 

To submit, you should set up an account on the JNEL website (if you've published in the journal before, you already have an account), choose the author role, and then upload your submission for the specific link to the themed issue on high-impact practices. Submission instructions can be found here:  https://js.sagamorepub.com/jnel/about/submissions#authorGuidelines

 

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New from Oxford University Press

Shared Space and the New Nonprofit Workplace

By China Brotsky, Sarah M. Eisinger, and Diane Vinokur-Kaplan

 

The decline and growth of the economy over the past decade has changed the real estate landscape for nonprofit organizations. Fortunately, nonprofits are nothing if not adaptable. Shared Space and the New Nonprofit Workplace presents a comprehensive overview of shared spaces as an innovative model and effective long-term solution for nonprofit organizations’ need for stable and affordable office and program space. The book provides a clear roadmap for addressing this pressing problem and includes dozens of stories from the field profiling organizations that have successfully adopted this new model of work.

 

Features:

·         Explores the roles government and philanthropy can play in the creation of nonprofit real-estate collaboratives. Shows how shared spaces can be customized to organizations of all sizes and types in varying locales.  Features step-by-step guidance on creating a nonprofit center. 

I hope you will share this new book with your friends, colleagues, and organizational members. Please do not hesitate to contact me about reviewing a copy for organizational publications, interviewing the authors, or bulk purchase discounts. 

Paperback | 9780190940461 | 472 pgs. | May 2019 | $60.00 

Save 30% with discount code ASFLYQ6

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ICNL Releases Report on Restrictions on Higher Education: “Closing Academic Space: Repressive State Practices in Legislative, Regulatory and Other Restrictions on Higher Education Institutions.” 


21 March, 2019: ICNL Releases Report on Restrictions on Higher Education

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is pleased to share our latest report: “Closing Academic Space: Repressive State Practices in Legislative, Regulatory and Other Restrictions on Higher Education Institutions.” 

The report, authored by Kirsten Roberts Lyer and Aron Suba, seeks to understand the ways in which governments are repressing university au­tonomy and closing academic space. The authors identify the scope of restrictive practices around the world, and make recommendations to help stakeholders in their efforts to reduce government interference and maintain university autonomy. 

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Gobernar: The Journal of Latin American Public Policy and Governance is a biannual, open access and peer-reviewed journal that focuses on the publication of original articles that present qualitative or quantitative research, case studies, survey articles, studies of effective pedagogy, conceptual framework, analytical models, and empirical research, as well as book reviews. Gobernar aims to build a debate about governance outside the traditional contexts of strong states and well-ordered societies. It seeks submissions of papers that have Latin-American relevance or significance for Latin Americanists around the world. The journal is devoted to the dissemination of research articles from the broad range of disciplines related to Public Policy and Governance. It aims to provide an intellectual platform for scholars in those fields.

To learn more, visit https://orb.binghamton.edu/gobernar/

 

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New report uses data to tell a story about international grantmaking by US Foundations


This report is the tenth in a series of collaborative analyses of international grantmaking published by the two organizations going all the way back to 1997.

This is an important baseline study that shows us the behaviors of US foundations giving 
internationally. It’s a good benchmark for relating current events and funding, and we are sure the next report will have some interesting revelations, especially relevant given politics and the change in administration.  Politically, we are seeing a retreat from international issues, what does “America First” mean for international programs and philanthropy, reflects Natalie.  Will we see US funders increase international funding, or, will we see increased funding for domestic causes 
and issues?  Guess we’ll have to wait for the next report to find out…

The way data is used in this report is visually appealing and doesn’t take too long to get a good picture of the state of US international funding by grantmakers. We encourage you to take a look at the full report here and reflect about how you share data! To learn more, click here.

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The Mobilization of Conservative Civil Society

Richard Youngs,  Gareth Fowler,  Arthur Larok,  Paweł Marczewski,  Vijayan Mj,  Ghia Nodia,  
Natalia Shapovalova,  Janjira Sombatpoonsiri,  Marisa Von Bülow,  Özge Zihnioğlu

 

As the domain of civil society burgeoned in the 1990s and early 2000s—a crucial component of the global spread of democracy in the developing and postcommunist worlds—many transnational and domestic actors involved in building and supporting this expanding civil society assumed that the sector was naturally animated by organizations mobilizing for progressive causes. Some organizations focused on the needs of underrepresented groups, such as women’s empowerment, inclusion of minorities, and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) rights; others addressed broader societal issues such as economic justice, social welfare, and antipoverty concerns. In many countries, the term “civil society” came to be associated with a relatively bounded set of organizations associated with a common agenda, one separate from or even actively opposed by conservative political forces.

However, in the past ten years, this assumption and outlook are proving increasingly incorrect. In many countries in the developing and postcommunist worlds, as well as in long-established Western democracies, conservative forms of civic activism have been multiplying and gaining traction. In some cases, new conservative civic movements and groups are closely associated with illiberal political actors and appear to be an integral part of the well-chronicled global pushback against Western liberal democratic norms. In other cases, the political alliances and implications of conservative civil society are less clear. In almost all cases—other than perhaps that of the United States, where the rise of conservative activism has been the subject of considerable study—this rising world of conservative civil society has been little studied and often overlooked.

To learn more, please click here.

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