Interesting articles and posts – February 2011
Posted on February 25, 2011 at 6:03 am
Links to articles and posts that I found interesting this month – excluding World Vision posts.
TOMS Shoes vs. Whole Foods – smorgasblurb - Looks at which has the greater positive impact in developing areas.
CAUSE MARKETING: 10 Cautionary Principles for Nonprofits – Cause & Effect - an earlier post I stumbled across with practical advice for nonprofits considering partnering with a company for their cause marketing campaign.
5 Myths About Microcredit – The Atlantic
The Dangers of Hero Worship – Lessons I Learned – How the founders story is often seen as more important than the real impact of the nonprofit.
Stop Giving Donors What You Think They Want – Harvard Business Review – Encourages nonprofits to treat donors as intelligent people and start giving them real information rather than continuing the focus on overheads.
The Would-Be-Donor and Budding-Do-Gooder’s Code of Conduct – Lessons I Learned – Lays out a set of recommendations for people before starting their own nonprofit or donating to one.
How the Admin Ratio gained prominence – comment in Huffington Post – Explains the history of the admin ratio.
Don’t go to Haiti to volunteer - The Star.com – Points out the many problems involved with short-term volunteering.
EIGHT LESSONS FROM THREE YEARS WORKING ON TRANSPARENCY – Owen Abroad – A long but good post looking at transparency issues.
New ideas can transform aid delivery – Poverty Matters Blog – Looks at how thinking about problems in a new way can lead to better programming.
It’s the Inequality, Stupid – Mother Jones – Great graphs looking at inequality in America.
Strategic Priority: Encourage Greater Foundation Transparency – Foundation Center 2020 – Discusses their plans on how they will encourage foundations to be more transparent.
If NGOs were animals, would they be… – Dochas Network – A fun blog post.
Compounding Complications: why aid is crap and RCTs won’t save it - la vidaid loca – How randomized control trials alone don’t help nonprofits make sound program decisions, there are many other factors that can get in the way.
A Good Cause is Not the Same as a Good Program – The Philanthropic Family - Take the time to research before giving.
GETTING WHAT WE PAY FOR: LOW OVERHEAD LIMITS NONPROFIT EFFECTIVENESS - center on nonprofits and philanthropy, urban institute, center on philanthropy, indiana university
Strength in Numbers: A Review of NGO Coordination in the Field - ICVA – A three part report on a 2010 review of NGO coordination in the field.