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Weekly Reader – April 3, 2017

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 3

What Role Should Philanthropy Play in Local Communities? (Alexa Cortés Culwell and Heather McLeod Grant, CEP blog) What obligations — if any — do foundations and new donors have to local communities in which they are based? And what role should they play in addressing rising income inequality? Many would argue that the issues donors care about — often a personal decision — should be the only determinant of a foundation’s grantmaking.

Tuesday, April 4

Foundation CEOs Experience Gender Pay Gap (Ruth Masterson, Exponent Philanthropy) Today is Equal Pay Day, the day when women’s earnings “catch up” to men’s earnings from the previous year. The average American woman would have to continue to work through this date in 2017 to earn as much as the average American man in 2016.

Wednesday, April 5

It’s Crunch Time For Climate Philanthropy. What Should Foundations Do? (Marc Gunther, Nonprofit Chronicles) The Trump administration’s “combination of incompetence and malevolence has been breathtaking,” writes Harvard climate economist Robert Stavins. How bad is it?

Thursday, April 6

Keep Partisan Politics Out of the Charitable Sector (Forum of Regional Association of Grantmakers) The Forum is a partner in a national collaborative initiative that spans the nonprofit sector. The Initiative is intended to lift our voice in support of nonpartisanship and in opposition to the repeal of the Johnson Amendment.

Friday, April 7

Potential for High-Impact Philanthropy Untapped in South, Study Finds (Philanthropy News Digest) Communities in the Deep South receive less philanthropic support than those in other parts of the United States, and only a small fraction of those funds supports policy reform or community organizing, a report from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy and Grantmakers for Southern Progress finds.


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