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Weekly Reader – April 30, 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.

Monday, April 30

The Courage to be Unfair (Vu Le, NonprofitAF) Last week, I went to speak at a conference in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The topic was Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Not wanting to use the same graphic with the kids standing on the boxes (you know what I’m talking about) to illustrate the difference between equity and equality, I tried the sandwich metaphor.

Tuesday, May 1

Philanthropic Environment Restrictive in Many Countries, Study Finds (Philanthropy News Digest) While regulatory conditions for philanthropy showed improvement in six of the eleven regions globally, the overall philanthropic environment in about 40 percent of the countries and economies evaluated remains restrictive, a study from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI finds.

Wednesday, May 2

Foundations, Globally, Are Small And Not Collaborating (Mark Hrywna, The Nonprofit Times) Foundations are young, concentrated in certain areas but growing elsewhere around the globe. They’re also relatively small despite well-known big names in the foundation world and yet most do not collaborate.

Thursday, May 3

Listening Carefully: An Argument for Considering All the Data (Kevin Bolduc, The Center for Effective Philanthropy) Who gets heard by funders? In an increasingly crowded conversation, issues of voice and power play out in subtle ways. Is it only the squeakiest wheel — the most disgruntled grantee — that gets heard? Only the loudest thank you? Does the quieter common experience get lost?

Friday, May 4

Knowledge Sharing to Strengthen Grantmaking (Clare Nolan, Glasspockets) Knowledge has the power to spark change, but only if it is shared. Many grantmakers instinctively like the idea of sharing the knowledge they generate with others. But in the face of competing priorities, a stronger case must be made for foundations to devote time and resources to sharing knowledge.

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