Weekly Reader – March 4, 2019

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 4

Reimagining Institutional Philanthropy (Alison Powell, Willa Seldon, and Nidhi Sahni, SSIR) Historic growth in wealth globally and the rise of new philanthropists threaten the relevance of institutional philanthropy—while creating new opportunities for impact and influence.

Tuesday, March 5

Grantee Voice: Provide Multiyear, Flexible Funding (Naomi Orensten, CEP Blog) Nonprofit leaders describe the difficulty of running effective programs and building strong organizations without consistent, multiyear funding.

Wednesday, March 6

Growing Your Social Donor Base (Kelly Velasquez-Hague, Philanthropy Journal) OneCause found that nearly a quarter of U.S. adults identify themselves as Social Donors, giving at fundraising events or through peer-to-peer campaigns over the last 12 months.

Thursday, March 7

Three Ways to Improve Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Philanthropy (Brittany Boettcher and Kathleen Kelly Janus, SSIR Blog) If funders want to improve DEI in their organizations, they need to re-define risk, emphasize trust, and reflect the communities they serve.

Friday, March 8

Philanthropy, Transparency, and Indigenous Relationships (Kate Frykberg, CEP Blog) I’ve been thinking about funder relationships with indigenous communities and the ways in which we get this wrong and right, and what role transparency can play in strengthening these efforts. 

Rachel Tillman

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