Weekly Reader – August 17, 2015

What we’re reading and recommending this week. We add to this post throughout the week and look for your suggestions in the comments.

Monday, August 17

Providing Assistance Beyond the Grant: S.H. Cowell Foundation (Ethan McCoy, Center for Effective Philanthropy blog) In the second post of our series of profiles of funders that are exemplary in their provision of non-monetary support to grantees, as assessed by the Grantee Perception Report, we take a look at the S.H. Cowell Foundation. Based in San Francisco, the Foundation works to improve the lives of children living in poverty in Northern and Central California by providing support to strengthen families and communities. Vice President of Grant Programs Lise Maisano spoke with us about how the Cowell Foundation has made assistance to its grantees beyond the check a priority in its strategy.

Tuesday, August 18

Making My Passion My Profession (Colton Strawser, Indiana Philanthropy Alliance) The great part about philanthropy is that it is something everyone can do regardless of ability, money, or status. Everyone can love another, because after all the literal translation of philanthropy is “love of mankind.”

Wednesday, August 19

What Corporate Philanthropy Can — and Cannot — Tell Us About Social Performance (Clara Miller, President, The F. B. Heron Foundation; Huffington Post) Personally, I think that corporate giving is a generally a good thing, but the variety of motivations involved (marketing, sales and promotion, supply chain stabilization, public relations, regulatory compliance, risk management–along with human decency) make it a mediocre candidate for inclusion as a standard performance metric

Thursday, August 20

What Funders Should Know in Order to Help Strengthen Grantees’ Advocacy (Sue Hoechstetter, Bolder Advocacy) A new report takes a snapshot of 280 nonprofits’ advocacy strengths and wish lists

Friday, August 21

Five Barriers to Focus and Ways to Push Past Them (Sara Beggs, Exponent Philanthropy; Philanthrofiles) What is a foundation’s most compelling focus? We think it lies at the intersection of values and passions, community needs, and your unique dollar and non-dollar resources. And we think every funder can move toward it.




Nikki Powell

Nikki Powell is PEAK Grantmaking's effective practices director. You can find her on Twitter @nikkiwpowell.

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