Weekly Reader – November 27, 2017

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 27

The Case for Impact Investing by Small and Mid-Size Family Foundations (Stacey Faella & Margaret Gifford, SSIR) There is opportunity for private family foundations of all sizes, including small and mid-size foundations, to bring impact investing—particularly through program-related investments—more fully into their portfolios.

Tuesday, November 28

Equity in Oregon: How’s That Playing Out For a Prominent Local Funder? (Alyssa Ochs, Inside Philanthropy) As we’ve noted in our prior Oregon philanthropy coverage, the Meyer Memorial Trust (MMT) is definitely a key foundation to keep up with. It’s one of a number of funders around the country that has lately adopted an equity focus on the local level. So how’s that playing out in Meyer’s grantmaking, which aims to build more equitable communities across the state? Let’s take a closer look.

Wednesday, November 29

State Budget Woes Impacting Nonprofits, Grantmakers (Connecticut by the Numbers) The impact of the state’s ongoing fiscal crisis is reverberating through the state’s nonprofit community. The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy (CCP), in a recent survey, found that about 25 percent of nonprofits answering the survey are currently responding to the state’s fiscal crisis.

Thursday, November 30

2017 #GivingTuesday Raises Estimated $274 Million for Nonprofits (Philanthropy News Digest) An estimated $274 million was raised online in the United States during the sixth annual Giving Tuesday event on Tuesday. The total represents a 50 percent increase over last year’s total.

Friday, December 1

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Respect In Philanthropy (Kris Putnam-Walkerly, Forbes) Creating a legacy of respect starts with a donor, and it grows throughout his or her entire philanthropic operation. Here are six simple strategies to cultivate from day one to ensure that respect is always part of your legacy.


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Leah Farmer

Leah Farmer is PEAK Grantmaking's marketing coordinator and focuses on providing marketing tools and resources to our members. She assists in writing for and producing PEAK Grantmaking's website and publications and developing outreach campaigns to raise awareness of our brand.

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