Weekly Reader – September 24, 2018

What we’re reading and recommending this week. We add to this post throughout the week and look for your suggestions in the comments.

Friday, September 28

The Color of Power: Inside a Push to Bring Diversity to Nonprofit Boards (Ade Adeniji, Inside Philanthropy) It’s hardly a secret that the leadership of America’s nonprofit sector isn’t very diverse. What’s less well known is how little progress has been made on this challenge in recent decades.

Thursday, September 27

The Gentrification of Movements: 4 Ways Funders Can Stop Putting Raisins in the Potato Salad (Vanessa Daniel, NCRP) The idea that philanthropy can simply fund people of color via white-led organizations and fuel the boldness that people of color are generating is false.

Wednesday, September 26

Resetting the Grantor-Grantee Relationship (Matthew Forti & Dave Peery, Stanford Social Innovation Review) Simple changes in mindset and behavior can break the cycle of strain and mistrust in grantor-grantee relationships.

Tuesday, September 25

Making It Count: The Evolution of the Ford Foundation’s Diversity Data Collection (Megan Morrison and Chris Cardona, CEP blog) We are committed to learning and getting better about DEI over time, particularly when it informs our relationships with grantees.

Monday, September 24

A Prerequisite for Progress: Why Funding Peace and Security is so Important (Genevieve Boutilier, Inside Philanthropy) On this International Day of Peace, let’s remember the 1.6 billion people who woke up amid conflict and work together to make peace their reality.


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Rachel Tillman

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