Nonprofit Chronicles

Journalism about nonprofit organizations and their impact

The #metoo problem rocking the animal welfare movement is about more than men who treat women badly and the women who are now speaking out. It’s about toxic cultures, failures of leadership and a lack of accountability. Last week, it was the Humane Society of the US. This week, it’s Mercy for Animals. In the last …

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Days after the Harvey Weinstein horror story broke, the anger among women in the animal welfare movement, which had simmered for years, boiled over during a panel on gender and race at the Animal Law Conference in Portland, Oregon. “Too often we excuse the wrongdoing of our colleagues who treat their employees with disrespect and …

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Sexual harassment and gender bias in the animal welfare movement have been talked about for years, mostly but not entirely in private. Now the problems are bursting into public view, and not a moment too soon. Last night, the Chronicle of Philanthropy published my story about the Humane Society of the U.S. It reports that …

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What is the purpose of charity? I’ve been thinking about that question since coming across a fascinating observation about the purpose of government and the purpose of business, and how often we confuse the two. It came from an October 1990 opinion column by a journalist named Donald Kaul, and it was cited recently in Tim …

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The animal welfare movement is making remarkable progress, which is surprising in a way, because (1) it’s quite small and (2) not much is known about which strategies and tactics are the best ways to reduce the suffering of farm animals. As I wrote last fall, it’s unclear whether lobbying governments, pressuring companies, persuading consumers …

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