Weekly Reader – December 7, 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, December 7

The Feel-Good School of Philanthropy (Jamil Zaki, The New York Times) Often called “generosity for nerds,” effective altruism uses data science to calculate how people can ensure that each dollar they give has the greatest impact on the lives of those in need.

Tuesday, December 8

A Yale Economist Wants to Make You a Better Philanthropist (Dean Karlan, The Wall Street Journal) Think how much more we might give if we understood exactly how our dollars saved lives or effected change.

Wednesday, December 9

Diversity at the Foundation: Important Enough to Measure (Robert K. Ross, M.D., Glasspockets) Are we, as a foundation, committed enough to this issue to measure and track improvement?

Thursday, December 10

Why it’s time to say goodbye to ‘doing good and doing well’ (Michael Edwards, Open Democracy) Being simultaneously rich and radical is certainly seductive, but the conflicts that have animated history can’t be wished away.

Friday, December 11

Are We There Yet? A Conversation on Performance Measures in the Third Sector (Elizabeth A. Castillo, Nonprofit Quarterly) Learning and evaluation have become core skills that organizations need to succeed in a complex and constantly changing world.



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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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