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Weekly Reader – April 22, 2019

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 22

To Spread Prosperity Further, Philanthropy Should Take Lessons From China (Tim Hanstad, SSIR) Philanthropic and social change organizations have much to learn from China’s success with alleviating poverty through reforms targeting entrepreneurialism, governance, businesses, and women.

Tuesday, April 23

We Love Peer Pressure (Mario Morino and Lowell Weiss, CEP Blog) We’re starting to see some clear common denominators that we believe all funders should consider if they want to be as effective as they are generous.

Wednesday, April 24

The Notre Dame Fire Has a Lesson for Philanthropy (Jeanné Isler, NCRP Blog) The philanthropic sector often claims it is unable to move money quickly, yet more than $1 billion has already been raised to repair Notre Dame Cathedral.

Thursday, April 25

The True Story of Nonprofits and Taxes (Jon Pratt, Nonprofit Quarterly) It can look like the nonprofit sector, because it is tax exempt, does not contribute to government tax bases at all. That one-sided view wildly misses how this part of the economy works even at the most basic level.

Friday, April 26

Building and Sustaining Momentum: A National Learning Network (Lilly Weinberg, Philanthropy Journal) On the Table, a civic engagement initiative designed to bring residents together over small mealtime conversations held throughout a community on a single day, generates new ideas to strengthen neighborhoods and create positive change.