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Weekly Reader – January 15, 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, January 15

What Does MLK Have To Teach Us In Philanthropy About Campaign Strategy And Tactics? (Aaron Dorfman, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy) NCRP analysis of available Foundation Center data shows that between 2006 and 2016, just 9 percent of total foundation grantmaking intended to benefit communities of color, poor people, immigrants, incarcerated people, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities was for policy change, advocacy and systems reform work.

Tuesday, January 16

Trump Remarks Resurface Race-Based Approaches to Immigration (Ruth McCambridge, Nonprofit Quarterly) While we can and should condemn his remarks, as a sector, we can’t afford to allow such vile comments to distract us from our missions.

Wednesday, January 17

Balancing Act: A Big New York Funder Mixes Responsive Grantmaking With Enduring Goals (Alyssa Ochs, Inside Philanthropy) Rapid-response grantmaking continues to be a hot topic in the foundation world, with funders scrambling to react to federal policy changes.

Thursday, January 18

The Census is a social justice issue, and we all need to mobilize NOW (Vu Le, NonprofitAF) The 2020 Census is coming up. This is an incredibly important process that happens in the US every ten years.

Friday, January 19

Hearing from Staff about DEI (Kevin Bolduc, The Center for Effective Philanthropy) “Why do you think that our staff who are women are rating our foundation’s culture less positively than men — even though there are more women than men at the foundation and in leadership,” asked the HR director who was working with me on her foundation’s employee survey.


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