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, June 6
As Summer Heats Up, Enterprising Nonprofits Dream of Viral Ice Buckets ( Lindsay Walker, Nonprofit Quarterly) This August marks the two-year anniversary of the ubiquitous Ice Bucket Challenge, a viral campaign affiliated with the ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) Association (ALSA). But could the Ice Bucket Challenge, a sort of one-hit wonder, be the product of a much larger challenge the nonprofit sector is facing?
Tuesday, June 7
Top Ten Philanthropy Resources: June part 1 ( Forum of Regional Association of Grantmakers) Our top ten philanthropy resources from around the sector including native inclusion in philanthropic leadership, engaging in network investment, and foundation transparency.
Wednesday, June 8
Investing in Regional Associations Is Investing in Impact (Dave Biemesderfer, The Center for Effective Philanthropy) I am honored to be among a diverse group of 22 nonprofit and philanthropy leaders who have signed a letter to thank foundations that have invested in the “nonprofit infrastructure” — those organizations devoted to supporting the health of the nonprofit sector — and to invite all foundations to join them.
Thursday, June 9
3 Ways Grassroots Social Justice Organizations Can Play the Grants Game (Grantspace) Social change organizations take note: Last week the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced it will grant $100 million to a group that can solve a social problem with a good idea.
Friday, June 10
Three Ways Philanthropists Can Invest In Markets To Revive The American Dream (Debby Bielak and Devin Murphy, Forbes) team at The Bridgespan Group recently conducted research that highlights the critical role of philanthropy in reviving the American Dream.
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