Weekly Reader – October 5, 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 5

Philanthropy: loving mankind or loving people? (Michael Cook, MercatorNet) This disconnect between real people with immediate needs like shelter and hot meals and cashed-up philanthropies with ambitious theories about changing the world is the theme of The Philanthropic Revolution: An Alternative History of American Charity, by Jeremy Beer.

Tuesday, October 6

Families Funding Change: How Social Justice Giving Honors Our Roots and Strengthens Communities (Niki Jagpal and Ryan Schlegel, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy) This whitepaper examines the latest data to identify trends in social justice philanthropy among family foundations.

Wednesday, October 7

The industrialist Andrew Carnegie used these 10 principles to become the richest man in the world (Richard Feloni, BusinessInsider.com) Carnegie’s “Science of Success”

Thursday, October 8

Philanthropy Advocacy Playbook (Alliance for Justice) This publication provides information on 11 benefits and conversation-starters about philanthropic advocacy and lobbying. Specifically, it answers your questions about legal rules and provides concrete examples, templates, resources, and tips.

Friday, October 9

The Equity Imperative in Collective Impact (John Kania & Mark Kramer, Stanford Social Innovation Review) The five conditions of collective impact, implemented without attention to equity, are not enough to create lasting change.



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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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