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 6
Only Half of Younger Staff Think Their Foundation’s Work Is Relevant (Philanthropy News Digest) While 77 percent of early- and mid-career foundation staff are proud to work at their organizations, only half believe their institution’s work is relevant to what’s happening in the world, a report from Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy finds.
Tuesday, August 7
Census 2020: How Is Philanthropy Responding to the Citizenship Question? (Caitlin Reilly, Inside Philanthropy) The inclusion of a question about citizenship status on the next census has funders and advocates even more worried about getting a full and accurate count in 2020. The concerns add to earlier warnings about low funding, access and data security.
Wednesday, August 8
Centering Grantees in Advocacy Grantmaking (Shena Ashley & Joi James, Urban Institute) Grantee inclusion is becoming especially relevant because more foundations are incorporating public policy advocacy into their philanthropy. When foundations involve their grantees’ community input, they can bring more legitimacy to their role in policy debates.
Thursday, August 9
Foundations Must Lead the Way on the Diversity Agenda (Selina Nwulu, CEP) How can foundations expect diverse and inclusive working practices in the organizations they fund if they do not lead the way in meeting this standard themselves?
Friday, August 10
“Whites as Minority”: Digging into the Racialized Narratives of Demographic Change (Cyndi Suarez, NPQ) US demographers are noting what some are calling “the browning of America,” and the language used to describe the shift is both unsurprising and telling. Understanding the underlying narratives is critical to the paradigm shifting needed to leverage the transition towards inclusion and equity.
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