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Leveraged Philanthropy /// A profile on outgoing Rockefeller Foundation president Judith Rodin outlines how she left her mark on the organization over the past decade. Under her leadership, the Foundation made investments in building more resilient communities around the world and focused on structuring its grant-making to encourage other public and private partners to pony up funding or incorporate sustainable business practices, further maximizing the resources it could commit to any given challenge.
Record Giving /// #GivingTuesday, the online campaign launched by the 92nd Street Y in 2012, saw a record haul in donations for participating charities this year. Organizations collected $168 million on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, up 44% from last year.
Fund News /// Perhaps fueled by the concern of the spread of fake news and the decline of investigative media, non-profit journalism sites covering a range of topics have seen a spike in donations over the past month. ProPublica, which was featured on John Oliver’s HBO show, raised $750,000 following the election, surpassing its small donor haul for all of last year. WNYC saw the largest fundraising campaign in public radio history and The Marshall Project, which covers the criminal justice system, has seen a 20% increase in donations.
Blocking Terrorism /// YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Microsoft have joined forces to create a shared database of content connected to terrorism organizations in an effort to expedite the removal of that material from their platforms.
Know Your Audiences /// A survey conducted by Salesforce.org found that 65% of donors would give more money and 75% of volunteers would commit more time if they felt the non-profit knew their preferences personally. Nearly half of Millennials said they would engage more with a nonprofit if they had a mobile app. Across all age groups, friends and family continue to be the main way audiences learn about opportunities to support non-profits, and nine out of ten respondents said it was important they knew how their contributions would be used.
Global Challenges /// MIT Solve, an initiative at MIT that brings together people from technology, business and policy to solve global problems, is currently accepting ideas to address three challenges in education, health, and energy. Submissions are due in January and finalists will have the opportunity to present their solutions at the United Nations.
Separate Twitterspheres /// An analysis by MIT Media Lab’s Electome project found that Trump supporters on Twitter were especially tight knit, whereas Clinton supporters were less cohesive and more likely to be followed by journalists. The analysis also found that exclusively following one of the candidates was a strong indicator of a user’s support for that candidate. Guns was the issue most discussed, though users with opposing opinions were almost entirely disconnected from each other in the conversation.
Building a Better Democracy /// Change.org founder Ben Rattray outlined three core needs for improving America’s political system and how technology can help solve them, including improving civic participation, encouraging a more responsive government and elevating trusted information.
Trump Talks Tech /// Speaking to a room full of the nation’s tech leaders and his three children, President-elect Trump assured the group that he is “here to help” and that the assembled were “truly amazing.” His past comments regarding the group would suggest he thinks otherwise.
Climate Chunk of Change /// Bill Gates, Jack Ma, John Doerr and other leading technologists and investors have launched Breakthrough Energy Ventures, a more than $1 billion fund to invest in new technologies to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. An even broader group of powerhouse leaders has committed to investing in related efforts through the Breakthrough Energy Coalition.
In the Navy Yard /// 1776 NYC, which recently opened a new campus in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, is accepting applications for its January cohort. In addition to standard memberships, they are introducing a limited number of 9-month Fellowships at no cost to eligible startups. They’re looking for startups with high-growth potential solving problems in industries such as education, energy, fintech, health and smart cities. Applications are due by December 16th. Learn more and apply here.
Clips Worth Clicking /// Congressman Steve Israel shared how to get your Representative’s attention. BBDO produced a powerful ad with an important hidden message. Jim Shelton, the head of the education efforts for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, discussed the organization’s goals and priorities for boosting academic achievement.
Upcoming Events /// Politico breakfast with the RNC’s Sean Spicer on December 16th in DC. Tap Into Tech event with General Assembly and 1776 on January 25th in Brooklyn.
Social Media Manager /// Axios /// DC
Lead, Public Policy and Government Relations /// Waymo /// Mountain View
Senior Fellow /// MoveOn /// Flexible
Fellow /// Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership /// Côte d’Ivoire
Programs Associate, Public Policy /// Americas Society / Council of the Americas /// NYC
Community and Engagement Associate /// DonorsChoose /// NYC
Program Assistant, Corporate Affairs /// Council on Foreign Relations /// NYC
National Digital Campaigns Director /// Everytown for Gun Safety /// NYC
Special Assistant to the Executive Vice President, Policy /// Center for American Progress /// DC
President/CEO /// Breakthrough /// NYC