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, April 1
Aligning Purpose and Investments: Why Are You Stuck? (Sherece Y. West-Scantlebury, SSIR) The case for racial equity is clear, and hundreds of resources are available to help foundations get started. So why does organizational change continue to move slowly?
Tuesday, April 2
Shaping Policy through Advocacy: One Funder’s Story (Tym Rourke, CEP Blog) Over two decades, New Futures has increased understanding, shaped public policy, transformed the way services are funded, and helped save lives.
Wednesday, April 3
The Blacker the Circle (Valaida Fullwood, NCRP Blog) Giving circles challenge convention, shift narratives in philanthropy.
Thursday, April 4
The “Lean” Nonprofit (Krystin Gollihue, Philanthropy Journal) Rather than “do more with less,” think “waste less to do more.”
Friday, April 5
The Road Ahead: Will Philanthropic Critique Change Philanthropic Practice? (Katerina Manoff, Nonprofit Quarterly) Serious criticism of 21st-century philanthropy has only recently found a major platform.