Weekly Reader – December 12, 2016

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, December 12

What makes philanthropy succeed? – potentially revealing analysis (Caroline Fiennes, Giving Evidence) This is part of our work to create a science of philanthropy: to establish via rigorous evidence, what works best, and when in doing philanthropy.

Tuesday, December 13

Understanding the Role and Value of Foundation Communications  (Felicia Madsen, The David and Lucille Packard Foundation) Communications can support grantmaking in many different ways, and foundations vary widely in how they use communications to support grantees and advance their work. How loud a voice should foundations have? How should they use it?

Wednesday, December 14

How to Deal with Uninformed Nonprofit-Watchdogs Around the Holidays (Vu Le, Guidestar Blog) Every year around this time, the Overhead Zombie comes back to life. Yeah, it’s probably more irritating than actually harmful, but it is a sign that we have much to do to inform much of the general public about our work. Like adorable possums, they often have terrible eyesight and can’t see very well. Let’s gently, but firmly, guide them toward the truth.

Thursday, December 15

Take a Fresh Look at Feedback (Ruth Masterson, Exponent Philanthropy) Make it your practice to intentionally give and consciously receive feedback often. It oughtn’t wait for a loaded conversation or after you’ve been stewing on something. Stay attuned to your capacity to engage in thoughtful feedback.

Friday, December 16

Here’s What You Need to Know About Corporate Philanthropy Right Now (David Callahan, Inside Philanthropy) Increasingly, though, a new kind of philanthropy is moving front and center in the corporate world: Proactive giving that’s closely aligned with the mission and assets of companies, and quite strategic.


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Nikki Powell

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

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