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, May 30
Dethroning Cash as King. Why These Major Funders Are So Hyped About Digital Money (Sue-Lynn Moses, Inside Philanthropy) Within the global development landscape, few funding areas are hotter right now than financial inclusion, and one reason is that funders feel that momentum is on their side.
Tuesday, May 31
Charity Navigator Announces Changes to Its Ratings System (Philanthropy News Digest) In an effort to provide a more accurate picture of how a charity performs over time, Charity Navigator is changing the way it rates nonprofits, the New York Times reports. Based on an analysis by Charity Navigator staff in collaboration with a task force of financial experts from the nonprofit sector, starting Wednesday the popular charity-rating website will adjust the way it assesses a nonprofit’s long-term financial health.
Wednesday, June 1
#ICYMI Funders, your grant application process may be perpetuating inequity (Nonprofit with Balls) Because small nonprofits have to apply to be partners and host sites in our program, we have started being viewed as somewhat of a funder. (We have the best of both worlds: The joy of having to reject great organizations, and the fundraising-associated night terrors of being a nonprofit).
Thursday, June 2
The Dos and Don’ts of Proposal Data (The Nonprofit Times) Strong grant proposals use relevant data to support the request for funding. Here are a few dos and don’ts for competing with the pros.
Friday, June 3
MacArthur Foundation is offering $100 million to a group that identifies a social problem and can solve it (Colby Itkowitz, The Washington Post)The MacArthur Foundation, which has doled out billions of dollars in “genius grants” and to nonprofit organizations working on major social challenges, now wants to give away $100 million to solve a societal problem that might not be on its radar.
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