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Weekly Reader – December 18, 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, December 18

Unconventional Wisdom (Sarah Murray, SSIR) The Rockefeller Foundation’s “scan and search” approach casts a wide net to identify the issues it’s best suited to tackle.

Tuesday, December 19

The Delusional Philanthropist (Kris Putnam-Walkerly, Forbes) Everyone who gives away money or makes a social investment wants to feel like they are doing good. After all, that’s the basis of philanthropy.

Wednesday, December 20

“Do the Right Thing.” Why This Top Higher Ed Funder Is Getting Behind Racial Justice Work (Caitlin Reilly, Inside Philanthropy) In a departure from its usual focus on degree attainment, the Lumina Foundation recently pledged $2.5 million to support racial justice work on college campuses. Also of note, the grants, which required a special budget allocation from the foundation’s board, look to be the first of a new area of focus for Lumina—which has a $1 billion endowment—and not a one-off donation.

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