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Weekly Reader – August 21, 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, August 21

Progressive funders, you may be part of the problem (Vu Le, Nonprofit AF) The fact that there was so much surprise and delight in a funder’s trusting nonprofits is revealing about the dynamics between funders and nonprofits. In light of Charlottesville, we have to examine these dynamics closer.

Tuesday, August 22

Back From the Margins: Behind a New Call to Boost Funding for Black-Led Organizations (David Callahan, Inside Philanthropy) Black-led organizations have historically been critical players in the larger movement for social change.

Wednesday, August 23

After Charlottesville, How Do We Move Forward? (David Biemesderfer, United Philanthropy Forum) How do we move forward as a country, and as a philanthropy field, after Charlottesville? I certainly don’t have all the answers. But I offer three suggestions.

Thursday, August 24

Shared Gifting: Shifting Funding Power to Nonprofits (Kelley Buhles, SSIR) When nonprofits dole out grant money to peers, the result is a transformative experience that fosters innovation, collaboration, and learning.

Friday, August 25

Making Sense: Reflecting on Evaluations at the Jim Joseph Foundation (Stacie Cherner, Philantopic) A core part of the Jim Joseph Foundation’s relational approach to grantmaking is supporting the efforts of grantees to evaluate their programs — either through engaging an external evaluator or by collecting and analyzing data internally.

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