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 23
Another Push for Greater Teacher Diversity, Focused on a Group Often Overlooked by Philanthropy (Caitlin Reilly, Inside Philanthropy) The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has a reputation as a leader in addressing race in its quest for a more equitable society. A major recent grant by this funder combines two of its long-held causes, early childhood education and support for Native Americans.
Tuesday, April 24
Funders, your “wait and see” approach is killing nonprofits during leadership transitions (Vu Le, NonprofitAF) This week, I read the Road Block Analysis Report by the Open Road Alliance that shows that the biggest barrier nonprofits face is…our very own funders.
Wednesday, April 25
Amid Rising Alarms About Big Tech, What Is Philanthropy’s Role? (Philip Rojc and David Callahan, Inside Philanthropy) Some leading funders are focused more narrowly right now—looking to get a better handle on the problems posed by tech in order to counter disinformation and safeguard a public square dominated by social media.
Thursday, April 26
Early, Patient, Nimble Philanthropy Can Make or Break Public-Private Partnerships (Michael Mantell & Mary Scoonover, SSIR) A look at how private long-term investment can help spur public engagement—and lead to policy change and impact—in environmental conservation and beyond.
Friday, April 27
Philanthropy Is Booming, But Foundations Mostly Isolated, Study Finds (Philanthropy News Digest) Philanthropy globally is growing rapidly, but philanthropic resources are highly concentrated and coordination between grantmaking foundations is limited.
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