Food Policy, Money and Politics, Helping the Homeless and Garlic Wars: Recent Nonprofit Quarterly Articles

18 Apr

It’s been a really busy spring here at Write to Know, and I am lagging behind on blog posts. But very soon, I’ll be posting interviews with successful community groups I’ve been able to work with, and what they’re up to now. It’s inspiring!

In the meantime, I’ve been writing on a wide range of topics for Nonprofit Quarterly, from foreign policy to an ultra-local battle over ownership of a longstanding event: from how the wealthy may disproportionately influence politics, to a pragmatic grassroots project to help the homeless.  Links to those articles are below.

This week, I also write with a heavy heart as my hometown, Boston, deals with the aftermath of tragedy at the Boston Marathon. I once worked on Boylston Street, on the exact block where the bombs went off, so even from 3000 miles away in Oregon, I see its past surreal wholeness in my mind’s eye. The injuries from the bombings are so severe, and occurred at such a celebratory gathering, that it’s impossible to comprehend. Knowing that this type of tragedy– ordinary people killed and maimed for no reason– happens every day, all around the world, is even more sobering.  All the more reason to persevere in the work of our sector to build strong, resilient, compassionate communities.

The last link below is not something I’ve written. It’s from my colleague and friend at the Nonprofit Quarterly, Editor-in-Chief Ruth McCambridge. NPQ is based in Boston, just blocks from where the explosions occurred. In her article written in the raw hours right after the bombs, Ruth’s reflections are full of compassion, grief, and grace.