Ann Whitman, Director of Communications, The Dana Foundation
I am interested to see how the new IRS and Treasury rules on nonprofit political spending will affect voter registration efforts and funding of political activity.
Alex Gleason, Policy Associate, New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
The election of the most progressive mayor and council in New York City history gives me immense hope that for the first time in 20 years municipal policy may actually put people before profits (or at least try.) More important, income inequality has been placed at the epicenter of popular political discourse.
Gloria Feldt, Co-founder and President, Take The Lead, Women’s leadership parity by 2025
As a women’s advocate, I default to the news in January of 2013 that the White House Project (tagline “Add women, change everything.”) had closed its doors. In recent years, I have been honored to speak at national meetings of numerous women’s groups, and have noticed their ranks trending fewer and older. The loss of groups whose missions have been rooted explicitly in social justice for women is troubling. My goal for 2014 is to be able to say that we have reversed the trend and are forging ahead.
Jason I. Osher, Chief Operating Officer
, Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS)
For sure it was the government shutdown. This breakdown in government demonstrated how squarely divided the country is and how the representation in Congress reflects this great divide in ideology, economic strategy, globalization, health care access, and other divisive issues. It was a stalemate until one side blinked. And the only ones who suffered were the American people. This is why the work of nonprofits is so vitally important to the sustainability of our national infrastructure. When government fails (which it often does in a variety of ways), national, state, and local organizations ramp up.
Eric Van, Internal Communications and Web Coordinator, MetroPlus Health Plan
If there was any single thing that affected influence, I would have to say the need to respond. Respond to disaster, to a heart-warming video or to a call for help.
Nicky Penttila, Web Editor, The Dana Foundation
The speed of social change. For example, Twitter’s recent change in its blocking policy and how it prompted activists and others to swarm the stream, many noting that the change would endanger people’s safety. Not hours after I started seeing it in my stream, Twitter had stepped back and said it would leave things as they were.
Eric Dubinsky, Dubinsky Consulting
Bitcoin is my choice for 2013’s biggest potential impact on the nonprofit sector. While we are only at the beginning stages of exploring this largely uncharted territory, this year will mark the start of what may have huge ramifications on the industry. Some NGO’s have begun to experiment with the unknown, yet exciting and promising, world of virtual currency. I believe this should be a topic of discussion in every development department that is heavily invested in social media and online fundraising.
What’s your choice for the biggest nonprofit issue/event in 2013? Please comment below.