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Weekly Reader – December 17, 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, December 17

An Open-Data Approach to Transform Grantmaking (Bradford K. Smith, SSIR) Proposals for grants can offer a wealth of ideas and information to the nonprofit community, if foundations take the right steps.

Tuesday, December 18

Crafting Capacity-Building Support that Counts (Joi Ridley, CEP Blog) When grantmakers consider providing capacity-building support for the first time or refining their existing capacity-building support, it can be challenging to figure out where to begin.

Wednesday, December 19

Why Low Overhead Is Such a Bad Proxy for Efficiency (Steve Dubb, Nonprofit Quarterly) The idea that low overhead is a sign of nonprofit efficiency is truly that laughable.

Thursday, December 20

Using Your Financials to Tell a Story in Uncertain Times (Jessica B. Kuhn, CPA, Philanthropy Journal) In many ways, financial statements and reporting are one of the most important ways a nonprofit can tell their unique story and the difference they’re truly making.

Friday, December 21

Almost Everything You Know About Impact Investing Is Wrong (Wendy Abt, SSIR) Growing confusion about impact investing’s key principles and practices has it headed for a fall.