Weekly Reader – November 23, 2015

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, November 23

Millennials Changing Philanthropy (re:Charity) Millennials will relatively soon command more wealth than any generation we’ve ever seen and they will be looking to use it in very different ways. Make sure you and your organization are taking them seriously and starting to take some steps to involve them in your work and demonstrate your impact today.

Tuesday, November 24

Smarter, Creative Philanthropy for a Complex World (Sonia Shah, HuffPost Business) Modern philanthropy has an opportunity to drive social impact through cutting edge channels by shifting to a new mindset, one that is focused on outcomes and long-term systemic solutions and implemented through an entrepreneurial approach.

Wednesday, November 25

How Offering an Innovation Prize Energized Our Grant Making (Peter Davidson and Amy Freitag, The Chronicle of Philanthropy) In January, our foundation put out a call to anyone in America with a promising solution to a social problem. In return, we offered 10 prizes, each worth up to $175,000 over three years — enough, we hoped, to set a fledgling effort on the path to success. We held our breath, watching applications trickle in. Would we catch the eye of wildly inventive social innovators?

Short week; Happy Thanksgiving!



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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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