Sunday fare: Sharon Jones, election results in rural America, women’s philanthropy, and more

Another week, another great musician lost. In honor of Sharon Jones, here is a song that seems appropriate for the times.

Still unpacking the election…

Post-truth” is the word of the year, according to The Oxford Dictionary. As someone who does research for a living, this choice is both spot on … and distressing.

After the 2016 presidential election, Will Women Still Want to Run? (Spoiler alert: Yes.) | New York Times

Feminism is more than a noun – it’s a process | Dr, Samantha Nutt,

“There is one certain way forward: Find young women, wherever they are in the world, and get behind them. Volunteer for their political campaigns, even at the municipal level, because it’s a long path to the White House. Reach across the oceans by supporting humanitarian agencies that make it possible for women and girls living with war and violence to find help and opportunity, instead of fear. And remain undaunted, every day, in the face of those who seek to deny us that chance.  Our place, as women, is every place.”

As someone who lives in a rural area, I have been very interested in the role rural voters played in the presidential election and the issues behind this support. A few things I have been reading on this topic are:

Behind Trump’s win in rural white America: Women joined men in backing him | Pew Research Center Fact Tank

America’s rural voters are ready for renewable energy too | The Hill

A tale of two Maines: Rural Trump voters wanted ‘change’ | AP, on

“Some northern communities have seen unemployment as high as 20 percent in recent years — even as the state’s unemployment rate dropped.”


The impact of the election on nonprofits is starting to emerge. This week, The Chronicle of Philanthropy explained ways in which Trump’s White House Victory Could Spell Money Woes for Charities . At the same time, nonprofits working on certain issues are raising huge amounts of money in the election’s wake. For example, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday,

“In the week since Donald Trump’s election, there’s been a dramatic surge in donations to the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood, the Sierra Club and other progressive organizations which have pledged to resist any moves by the new administration that would undercut their causes.”

More on Nonprofits and Philanthropy

When Nonprofits Are the New City Leaders | City Lab, The Atlantic

The New York Times reported that it is now uncommon for orchestras to exist on ticket sales alone.

The Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy released a new report, Women Give 2016, which

“examines how changing patterns and generational shifts in charitable giving intersect with women’s changing decision-making roles within families. The study focuses on young adults across two generations: the pre-Boomer generation, also known as the Silent generation (born 1928-1945), when they were young adults four decades ago; and Generation Xers/Millennials, who are young adults today.”

Joyful Donor to Women’s Causes Teaches Other Inheritors | New York Times

Grants From Donor-Advised Funds Up 16.9 Percent, Study Finds | PDN




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