Weekly Reader – March 21, 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, March 21

Opinion: ‘Big Bets’ by Donors Can Propel Social Movements  (Chronicle of Philanthropy) History shows that “big bet” donations of $10 million or more play a key role in the progress of mass movements on social issues.

Tuesday, March 22

Driving Impact with Unrestricted Support (Fred Ali and Antony Bugg-Levine, Philantopic) The Weingart Foundation is known for providing unrestricted support — a rarity in the world of philanthropy. What led you down this path?

Wednesday, March 23

Forgetting Failure (June Wang, Stanford Social Innovation Review) It’s time to move beyond our focus on failure in the social sector, and to develop ongoing and meaningful practices for learning and improvement.

Thursday, March 24

A Foundation Website for Sore Eyes (Matthew Leiwant, Center for Effective Philanthropy) Sifting through every nook and cranny of 73 foundation websites is not fun.

Friday, March 25

Measuring Outcomes Across Grantees and Over Time (Stacie Cherner, Philantopic) To be clear, the effort to evaluate the impact of the foundation’s grantmaking in this area is a work in progress, but the unique and collaborative relationships engendered by our Evaluators’ Consortium makes it possible.



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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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