Weekly Reader – October 26, 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, October 26

Foundations Can Get More Done by Giving Nonprofits More Power (Kathleen Enright, Chronicle of Philanthropy) In recent years, tension between grant makers and nonprofits has grown as some foundations have attempted to exert even more control over the work they support. But in reality, grant makers can’t achieve what they hope to without strong nonprofits, and many funders are working to find ways to give beneficiaries of foundation money a stronger role.

Tuesday, October 27

The Case for Unrestricted Giving (Natalie Lynn Rekstad, Soul Journey Philanthropy) Giving unrestricted funds requires the belief that the organization’s main focus is its mission, and that the leaders of the organization will effectively act in the best interests of that mission.

Wednesday, October 28

Can The Giving Pledge help philanthropy go global? (Catherine Cheney, Devex) Launched by the Gateses and Warren Buffett in 2010, The Giving Pledge is a campaign that invites the wealthy to give more than half of their money to philanthropic causes or charitable organizations.

Thursday, October 29

Tackling Political Polarization Through Philanthropy (Larry Kramer, Stanford Social Innovation Review) Steps funders can take to tackle partisan gridlock and solve social problems at scale.

Friday, October 30

THREADS Insights from the Charitable Community (Independent Sector) Our world is changing rapidly and the charitable community is not immune to economic globalization, technological change, and other epic developments sweeping across the horizon. Change of this magnitude offers unparalleled promise for the charitable sector and the people we serve – if we take deliberate, proactive steps to build the future we desire.



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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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