talent round-up day

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“Round Up on the Cimmaron”,  CC image by William Henry Jackson

Highlighting nonprofit organizations and individuals doing stellar work!

  • The Center for Investigative Reporting, a non-partisan nonprofit journalism organization based in California, recently presented the results of its investigation of America’s 50 Worst Charities in collaboration with the Tampa Bay Times. These findings are important not only for the sector but for those who choose to donate their resources.
  • The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. sent my art-geek heart aflutter with #breakfortart. During July and August 2013, the museum will discuss a selected work of art from its collection via Twitter. The Phillips should be commended for innovative audience engagement (check out the Storify) and using Visual Thinking Strategies to guide the conversation.
  • Anyone who’s working with a summer camp, class, workshop, or project for youth. I know most of you are putting in long hours with little pay (or none at all – yay volunteers!) but your dedication is inspiring.

talent round-up day

“The Round Up”, CC photo by Gordon Clitheroe

Highlighting nonprofit organizations and individuals doing stellar work!

  • The Cleveland Museum of Art is set to debut Gallery One, an interactive multi-generational learning gallery. The presentation at the 2012 Museum Computer Network Conference primed me for this and I’m so glad it’s finally here. Road trip!
  • Art folks were all abuzz when the Dallas Museum of Art coaxed Mark Leonard (formerly of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Getty Museum) out of retirement to become its new Chief Conservator. Now we know how they did it: the opportunity to build a department from scratch housed in an amazing public conservation studio that’s destined to grace the cover of Dwell magazine.
  • The New Media Consortium recently released its 2012 Horizon Report: Museum Edition. I’m shamelessly plugging the report not only because I served on the Advisory Board but also because it’s a great resource on emerging technological trends that impact educational and interpretive efforts in museum settings. Download it (for free!) and start dreaming big.

talent round-up day

By Stefan Scheer, CC via Wikimedia Commons

Highlighting nonprofit organizations and individuals doing stellar work!

  • BoysGrow, a Kansas City, Missouri-based farming and business program dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship recently celebrated its second anniversary. Boys ages 12-15, mentored by adults and other program participants, earn a salary while learning how to grow, harvest and sell agricultural products, and developing necessary life skills. These products are then sold to local restaurants and grocery stores.
  • The United States’ Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is finally examining the antiquated rules governing nonprofit social welfare organizations. Many of these so-called nonprofits claim to be nonpartisan and benefit from 501(c)(4) tax code exemptions (such as private donor lists and tax-exempt status) while being bankrolled by political special interest groups and individuals representing both sides of the Congressional aisle. Hopefully, this will quickly become part of the larger conversation regarding donor transparency, campaign spending limits, and regulation of flagrant tax abuse.
  • Hoping to provide one-stop-shopping for philanthropists eager to donate, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation has created the Giving Library. The website contains informational videos from over 250 organizations seeking support. Interested donors can anonymously request further details and the nonprofits are vetted to ensure fiscal responsibility and good standing with the IRS. This could soon become a match.com-style space for nonprofits and funders, hopefully complete with heartwarming “sucess story” updates.