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

Notable Events of the Week:

  • “Test scores are down, and violence is up. Parents are screaming at school boards, and children are crying on the couches of social workers. Anger is rising. Patience is falling. … Public education is facing a crisis unlike anything in decades, and it reaches into almost everything that educators do: from teaching math, to counseling anxious children, to managing the building.” Washington Post
  • “At key moments since the Ukraine crisis flared into the headlines two months ago, President Biden and his aides have worked to expose Russian President Vladimir V. Putin’s plans, declassifying intelligence about his next steps and calling him out as an “aggressor.”” NY Times
  • “President Biden declared that “this horrible terrorist leader is no more” as he spoke to the nation Thursday about a U.S. Special Operations counterterrorism mission overnight in northwestern Syria in which Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, the leader of the Islamic State militant group, was killed.” Washington Post

Top 10 Nonprofit Tweets:

  • Nona Randois: Nonprofit staffers, have you ever wondered during election season: Can I retweet this? @AFJBeBold updated our guide for NPs using social media and/or doing online advocacy to help you talk about elections and legislation without tripping over the lines. Influencing Public Policy in the Digital Age
  • Politico: A top suicide hotline is collecting data from people’s darkest moments and sharing it with a for-profit company that is using the data to build and sell customer service software. Our report on Crisis Text Line: Suicide hotline shares data with for-profit spinoff, raising ethical questions
  • Lucy Bernholz: This is most I’m going to do as hot take on #crisistextline and #loris.ai and board leadership and sustainability and so on. Here’s my hope – can we (meaning those who care about #nonprofits, #philanthropy, #civilsociety, and #democracy) … 1/13 [Ed. This entire thread from Lucy is worth a read. Tweet #2 continues … “STOP writing and talking about this as if it’s a one-off. It’s a structural problem for #democracy – our “so-called” independent sector (not the org, the concept) of a civil space where independent organizations outside the gov and the market 2/13″]
  • Benjamin Soskis: I think there is room for cause-neutral def. of dark $ that applies to progs & conservatives. Last 3 decades of history of pol. active NPs have been defined by an arm-race mentality, in which each side claims other has outpaced them, thus necessitating… Democrats Decried Dark Money. Then They Won With It in 2020.
  • Wagenmaker & Oberly: Hamilton anyone? Not for the IRS, which recently rejected 501(c)(3) recognition to a historical filmmaking nonprofit for being too commercial and involving too much private benefit. Read W&O’s blog analysis on why this film venture was denied exemption. Aegis for Dreams: Lessons from IRS’s Denial of Historical Filmmaking Nonprofit’s Section 501(c)(3) Application
  • Ryan Schlegel: imo it’s crazy IRS judges naming rights worthless in determining a donor’s financial self interest. the naming rights for an LA sports arena went for $700m on the market in 2020 but Jeff gets to write off $200m and get his name on the national mall? why Exclusive: Jeff Bezos’s $200 million, 50-year naming-rights deal with the Smithsonian does not include a ‘morals clause’
  • For Purpose Law Group: Naming Rights in the New Year
  • Jed Emerson: Excellent response to the WSJ “article” What The Wall Street Journal Missed About Sustainable Investing ( http://twitthat.com/cGbkc )
  • Stanford Social Innovation Review: “Equity is the soul of collective impact & there is new soul work to be done.” @mikemcafee06 (@policylink) calls on collective impact leaders to focus on structural inequities that keep communities from making gains in a series sponsored by @CIForumTweets. The Leading Edge of Collective Impact: Designing a Just and Fair Nation for All
  • Stacey Abrams: #BlackHistoryMonth is a time for all to recognize the brave history makers whose work continues to impact our communities in Georgia and across the country. Let us use our voices to celebrate the stories too often untold and let us cast our votes to honor their legacy.

Racial Equity / BLM:

Joe Rogan: Only ‘100 percent African’ people should be called Black, Trevor Noah Claps Back (Kalyn Womack, The Root)

In Germany’s extermination program for black Africans, a template for the Holocaust (Edwin Black, The Times of Israel)

Art Spiegelman sees the new ban of his book ‘Maus’ as a ‘red alert’ (Michael Cavna, Washington Post)

Opinion: I once told a Supreme Court justice that affirmative action got me into Harvard and Yale. Today they wouldn’t listen. (Paul Butler, Washington Post)

Playing Pretendian (Code Switch, podcast)

If there are any attorneys or law students who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) 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. 🙏