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 22
Better is Good Enough: Putting Imperfect Data to Good Use (Andrew Means, Markets for Good) Our first exposure to numbers is usually this kind of simple mathematics. We get used to this clarity — this black and white, right and wrong thinking when working with numbers. The problem is, numbers are not always clear-cut. They aren’t always black and white. Sometimes they are still left open to interpretation.
Tuesday, August 23
Some positive feedback and appreciation for funders (Vu Le, Nonprofit with Balls) Just a few big and small things funders do that we really appreciate
Wednesday, August 24
Collaboration 101 (Kris Putnam-Walkerly , Charity Rumble) Foundations often expect nonprofits to collaborate, yet they less frequently turn that expectation on themselves. There is tremendous opportunity to exponentially expand the impact of your grantmaking through funder collaboration. If you’re just getting started in exploring collaboration, or want a refresher, here’s a quick look at the basics:
Thursday, August 25
The Plight of the Overworked Nonprofit Employee (Jonathan Timm , The Atlantic) New federal rules on overtime have many asking questions. The answers have a lot to do with how nonprofits survive in an economy that’s geared primarily toward profit. Many nonprofit organizations stare down a shared set of challenges:
Friday, August 26
Facing Race in America: The Role of Corporate Philanthropy (Alice Korngold, Co-Editor, Giving Thoughts, The Conference Board) Given the extreme distress facing our communities due to racial injustice, and calls for “truth and reconciliation” to address our nation’s history of slavery and its legacy, companies and their foundations face this question: Are these matters for corporate philanthropy?
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