NEWS: New Domains for NonProfits, Leadership and CSR
There’s a lot going on in the world of philanthropy this week. Here is a round-up of stories that caught our eye.
New domain for nonprofits
Mashable reports that the .org nonprofit domain may soon be joined by .ngo (non-governmental organizations). The Public Interest Registry (PIR), the non-profit that manages and operates the .org domain, submitted the.ngo application. The .ngo would be a closed domain which means nonprofits using it would have to be verified during the registration process. While .org is typically associated with nonprofits, it is an open domain meaning that individuals and for-profit corporations can register under it as well. We won’t see the .ngo for some time though – PIR won’t find out if the application was approved until January 2013.
Leadership and CSR
Our own Jon Carson (@JonCarsonB4G) shared his insights regarding the tight alignment of leadership and CSR in the Huffington Post this week. Jon argues that we desperately need corporate leaders to show the kind of leadership that CSR embodies – not only because it confers all sorts of practical benefits, but because it's the right thing to do. His article shares insights on infusing CSR into business by nourishing the long-term, treating all stakeholders well and creating an ethical culture.
Boston Foundation launches nonprofit information website
Boston.com reports on this week’s launch of the Giving Common by the Boston Foundation. The site is designed to “help potential donors navigate the world of charitable organizations in the Massachusetts, to inform decisions about where and how to make contributions.” Giving Common currently offers profiles of 300 charities in our home state of Massachusetts. Nonprofits can create a profile for free at Giving Common and should register by August 1st for a chance to receive grant money from the Boston Foundation.
Philanthropy in the kitchen
Bloomberg BusinessWeek reports on philanthropist and award-winning chef Charlie Trotter who received the James Beard Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year award earlier this month. Trotter’s philanthropy in the kitchen has ranged from feeding the poor in his restaurant’s Chicago neighborhood to dishing out meals for a host of nonprofit fundraiser dinners. Trotter’s latest endeavor is a $400-a-person event for about 60 diners in New York and will aid New Alternatives for Children, a New York nonprofit that helps families care for their disabled or chronically ill children.