Nonprofit Tweets of the Week – 10/7/22 – Nonprofit Law Blog

Stay informed of the week’s notable events and shared resources with this curated list of Nonprofit Tweets of the Week.

Notable Events of the Week:

  • “President Vladimir Putin’s declaration of the annexation of four regions in eastern and southern Ukraine signals the onset of a new and highly dangerous phase in the seven-month war, one that Western officials and analysts fear could escalate to the use of nuclear weapons for the first time in 77 years.” Washington Post
  • “Days after Hurricane Ian buffeted the state with a trifecta of wind, rain and storm surge, many Floridians are emerging from the wreckage uncertain of their next chapter — and fearing they may become homeless. The extent of the damage and the number of people who lost their lives or homes is only beginning to come into focus. Much clearer is the storm’s likely broad and lasting impact on the recovery of those least able to afford it.” NY Times
  • “High school girls have become the latest Iranians to join anti-government protests in large numbers, as the country mourned a teenager killed in the first days of protests. Nika Shahkarami, who lived in Tehran and would have turned 17 on Sunday, vanished in September. Her family found her body in a detention centre’s morgue 10 days later, BBC Persian reported.” Guardian

Top 10 Nonprofit Tweets:

  • Noah Buhayar: NEW: @sooo__phie, @BSteverman and I looked at a loophole wealthy Americans are using to skirt a law Congress passed half a century ago to make philanthropy more accountable: Wealthy Use Loophole to Reap Tax Breaks — And Delay Giving Away Money
  • Karl Mill: Important issue. Though I always bristle when pieces like this frame the alternative to grants DAFs as “transfers to needy”. The vast majority of charitable dollars do not serve needy, DAF or no DAF. So let’s be measured in describing problem or what DAF reform would achieve. [Ed. Responding to Bloomberg article described in the tweet above.]
  • Gene: The regulatory breadth index: A new tool for the measurement and comparison of state-level charity regulation in the United States [Ed. Important study and tool from Cindy M. Lott, Mary L. Shelly, Nathan Dietz, and George E. Mitchell.]
  • Hilton Foundation: U.S. foundations quadrupled global giving since 2002. Where can we do better? #Localization. More dollars can go directly to local organizations where programs are implemented. Learn more in the 2022 @COF_ State of Global Giving of U.S. Foundations report.
  • For Purpose Law Group: Final Roundup of CA Nonprofit Legislation 2022
  • National Council of Nonprofits: Trust can’t be bestowed on a charitable nonprofit by government, a wealthy donor, or a celebrity endorsement. Trust must be earned. Every day. Learn how: #Nonprofits #BestPractices @GTak [Ed. Many thanks to the National Council for amplifying and expanding on this important conversation.]
  • Eric Chen: “What if we reframe our thinking about equitable systemic change to consider work that does not take decades as unrealistically short?” A report from my colleagues at @BridgespanGroup. Unlocking Social Progress by Addressing Structural Racism
  • The Atlantic: “Instead of giving back to the needy families who helped make his wealth possible, Favre reportedly decided to take from them,” @stewartdantec writes: The Irony of Brett Favre
  • Nonprofit Quarterly: As #HurricaneFiona made landfall on the island, @Pwr4PuertoRico continues to push for the full agency of the island’s people. That includes examining the question of statehood and #energydemocracy: @IrisMCrawford @tsalud @casapuebloorg #PuertoRico
  • Richard Rubin: New from @melissakorn and me: The university endowment tax isn’t raising as much $$ as predicted, according to first year of data released by IRS. Reasons could include generous regulations and pandemic-era market dip. Endowment Tax on Wealthiest Universities Netted a Fraction of Predictions in 2021

Racial Equity and Justice:

The Guardians of the Future (Islet Verde, Camila Falquez, NY Times)

The failed NFL diversity ‘rule’ corporate America loves (Gus Garcia-Roberts, Washington Post)

The Deadly Collision of Racism and Mental Illness (Eyal Press, NY Times)

Native American communities prioritize culture, recruitment to treat mental health (Dan Kaker, MPR News)

Can therapy solve racism? (Code Switch, NPR)

If there are any attorneys or law students who identify as Black, Native Americans, or Pacific Islanders who are interested in nonprofit corporate and tax-exemption laws and who’d like to pursue this area of practice, I’m committing one hour each week to being a resource. Please contact me if I can be of service. 🙏