Public libraries still have overwhelming support from the public. Among people with fewer resources, they matter for a larger set of reasons.
Classical music companies are struggling across the United States to remake their business models. The Hawaii Symphony, the New York Opera, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Detroit Symphony have all been through public meltdowns. But despite the problems in the city, the Detroit Symphony seems to be recovering.
Demand at food pantries is already increasing due to the expiration of a boost in food stamp subsidies last month. With no farm bill to be voted on by Congress before members go on recess, food stamp uncertainty will only grow.
Which nation gives the most public and private development assistance to developing countries? Which nation gives the most official development aid from government sources? Which nations meet or exceed the UN-suggested level of 0.7 percent of GNI in official development aid? Read the answers here.
A solidarity machine in Madrid allows passersby to purchase food for someone who has none. In the face of a poverty rate twice what it was six years ago, perhaps we need a solidarity machine of a different kind?
This outrageously human project by the Mimi Foundation was designed to bring a carefree moment to people diagnosed with cancer. The video is a work of love that is not to be missed.
Does it hurt Jewish students to hear Palestinians talk about their time under Israeli occupation, or to hear Israeli soldiers talk about their experiences as occupiers, or to hear legislators suggest changes for Israeli policies? Hillel International seems to be troubled by some speakers, but not Swarthmore Hillel.
One potential benefit of running a successful social enterprise is a personal brand with a higher social consciousness. Did that weigh on the scales of Lululemon’s new choice for CEO?
Take money from criminals? “Absolutely not!” advise these rabbis—unless the money would otherwise go to illegal activity. Or the crooks would end up harassing the rabbi. Or the money seems to come from a “legitimate business.” Or…you get the idea.
The musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra seem to be progressing along parallel tracks: one being their discussions with the Minnesota Orchestral Association, the other looking more and more like independence. Will this be a new model?
In response to a pledge of $5 million by a local philanthropist, the Community Foundation of Southeastern Michigan has established the Fund to Support Detroit’s Retirees, Cultural Heritage, and Revitalization. This might be a forerunner for the $500 million foundation fund that the bankruptcy judge is negotiating with 10 foundations.
Choose your friends wisely, be honest and straightforward, and produce great quality—three suggestions for social entrepreneurs (and just about anyone else).
Towns with a quirky anonymous donor at holiday time get an extra little bit of joy from the whole production. So when Grandpa Claus of Hammond, Indiana, passed on, it left the town doubly bereft.
This unique and enormously practical article looks at how board/staff relationships played out in four small cultural organizations as each encountered a growth/financial crisis but it also defines the phases of the crises in ways that may help any organizations progressing through similar transitions.
The idea that foundations should be leading social change rather than following and supporting the direction of nonprofit activists on the front lines just seems wrong.