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, February 19
Funding Collaborative for Affordable Housing Launched (Philanthropy News Digest) Nine large private foundations have formed a funding collaborative aimed at catalyzing systemic change to address the shortage of safe, stable, and affordable rental housing nationwide.
Tuesday, February 20
What This New Foundation Says About Silicon Valley Giving (Jon Pattee and David Callahan, Inside Philanthropy) We’ll say it again: Tech philanthropy is a really big deal and, in many ways, large-scale giving from this sector is just getting going.
Wednesday, February 21
Using Story to Change Systems (Ella Saltmarshe, SSIR) We need to develop new processes of collective storytelling across sectors to navigate turbulent times and foster systems change.
Thursday, February 22
Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals: Are the SDGs living up to their promise to leave no one behind? (Inga Ingulfsen and Anna Koob, Human Rights Funders Network) Much has been made of the commitment to human rights principles reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of 17 goals covering a range of social and economic issues to guide the global development agenda through 2030.
Friday, February 23
Turnaround Time: A Model of Collaborative, Rapid Grantmaking in the Trump Era (Tate Williams, Inside Philanthropy) Moving money to people who need it is a core purpose of philanthropy—but one that its practitioners don’t always excel at. Foundations are famous for taking their time to make grants, with many months between proposals coming in and checks going out.
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