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 5
Why Aren’t Community Foundations Supporting Native American Causes? (Tate Williams, Inside Philanthropy) The Standing Rock Sioux’s 2016 resistance to the Dakota Access pipeline was a national eye opener to the great need, and great grassroots power, in Native American communities. While we’ve covered some bright spots of funding in the aftermath, there remains a huge gap when it comes to philanthropic support for work in Indian country.
Tuesday, March 6
Giving to Canadian Charities: Not So Simple (CAF America Connections Blog) From time to time, our conversations with donor clients or charity partners reveal certain misconceptions within the philanthropic sector. One issue that continues to surface is that giving to Canadian charities is easy. Alas, it isn’t so simple.
Wednesday, March 7
Report: Grantmakers should focus more on root of social problems (Sherece Y. West-Scantlebury, Ph.D., BoardSource) A new report produced by NPC has called on grantmaking bodies in the voluntary sector to focus more on tackling the root causes of societal issues and to collaborate more with other funders and charities.
Thursday, March 8
You Can Diversify If You Want To (Hugh Radojev, Civil Society) You most likely do not know that foundation boards that are not diverse are stagnant; therefore, they are not catalyzing change, which is a major role of philanthropy. And chances are you don’t know that you need to cast a wide net to recruit ethnically and racially diverse board candidates.
Friday, March 9
A New Approach to Gender-Lens Grantmaking (Emily Nielsen Jones, Musimbi Kanyoro & Neera Nundy, SSIR) India provides particularly fertile ground for the gender-lens movement, which is beginning to fund culturally tailored efforts to transform underlying beliefs that systematically disempower females.
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