Weekly Reader – November 30, 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 30

Donor-Advised Funds Growing Ever Faster: How Should Nonprofits Access the Wealth? (Patricia Schaefer, Nonprofit Quarterly) For nonprofits seeking foundation funding, the process remains much the same as it always has: Do the research, find the right fit, and make the best case for support.

Tuesday, December 1

The Evolution of Philanthropy: The Story Told by the People Behind the Mission (Council on Foundations and Brandolon Barnett, Alliance magazine) Each year for nearly 30 years the Council on Foundations has conducted an annual Salary & Benefits survey. The survey produces a trove of data on that vital force at the core of the practice of American philanthropy: the people who carry it out.

Wednesday, December 2

How New Thinking is Shaking Up Old Money (Stephen Butler, Ozy.com) After years of listening to critics, some of the oldest and biggest U.S. philanthropic organizations are paring programs, narrowing their focus and changing the way they give away money.

Thursday, December 3

You Say Philanthropist – I Say Philanthropreneur (H.E. Amr Al-Dabbagh, Philanthropreneurship Forum) There’s a new kind of philanthropy taking hold across the globe. It is a multidisciplinary philanthropy infused with new levels of strategic thinking, business discipline and entrepreneurial know how.

Friday, December 4

The Pulse—Big Ideas: Guiding Donors to Social Change, Empowering Nonprofits, Renewing Civic Life (Andy Carroll, Exponent Philanthropy) Lack of Guidance, Not Lack of Desire, May Be Limiting Social Change Philanthropy


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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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