Weekly Reader – December 19, 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 19

A letter to Santa from the nonprofit sector (Vu Le, Nonprofit With Balls) Dear Santa, I know you are extremely busy. I mean, you are technically a nonprofit, and this is December after all.

Tuesday, December 20

Nonprofits! You Are Not the (Only) Gatekeeper for Your Issue! (Derrick Feldmann, Philanthropy News Digest) “I thought we were being asked to donate to the local cancer society,” she replied. “I’d feel a whole lot better if I knew something about the national organization or where my money was going.”

Wednesday, December 21

Millennials Want Skills-Based Involvement With Charities (The Nonprofit Times) Skill development is a driving factor in Millennials’ philanthropic engagement. A quarter of Millennials surveyed indicated that they volunteer through their work to utilize their skills or expertise. More than three-quarters (77 percent) indicated that they’d be more likely to volunteer if they could use a specific skill or expertise to benefit a cause.

Thursday, December 22

#ShiftThePower: The Rise of Community Philanthropy, Part 2 (Jenny Hodgson & Barry Knight, Guidestar) Power is the key to durable development. Power matters because efforts to solve a problem only last while people with the problem take responsibility for it.

Friday, December 23

7 Can’t-Miss Conferences for 2017 (Nick Small, Nonprofit Hub) To our delight, there are several nonprofit conferences designed to get us out of the desk chair and into the same room as the best of the best, in and out of the sector – to learn, interact and reignite our fires.


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Leah Farmer

Leah Farmer is PEAK Grantmaking's marketing coordinator and focuses on providing marketing tools and resources to our members. She assists in writing for and producing PEAK Grantmaking's website and publications and developing outreach campaigns to raise awareness of our brand.

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