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 16
“I Have a Dream”: 3 Lessons for Nonprofit Leaders from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Hilary Sutton, Pursuant) Vision is crucial to inspiring others to give, volunteer, and participate. However, many nonprofit leaders spend countless hours writing a compelling vision statement, only to lose it “in the weeds” of all their other responsibilities.
Tuesday, January 17
Philanthropy Outlook Study Predicts Fundraising Stability for Next 2 Years—But… (Michael Wyland, Nonprofit Quarterly) NPQ is still watching cases of organizations that have gone under because of problems they experienced during the big recession. Forewarned is forearmed, and a “conditions of instability” caveat to this report must be taken seriously.
Wednesday, January 18
Advocacy Groups Pro And Con To Line Inauguration Route (Andy Segedin, The Nonprofit Times) Yasmina Mrabet will be attending Friday’s presidential inauguration — along with almost 25,000 peers. Mrabet is an organizer for the ANSWER Coalition, a protest and civil rights organization that counts itself among more than two dozen groups to have applied for First Amendment permits to demonstrate at the presidential inauguration.
Thursday, January 19
Openness by Default (Carl Straumsheim, Inside Higher Ed) The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation now requires all its grant recipients to make their published, peer-reviewed work immediately available to the public, the latest development in a larger push to make research more accessible.
Friday, January 20
Time for Nonprofits to Step Up and Make America Good Again (Mark Rosenman, Philanthropy News Digest) Although many Americans are skeptical of Donald Trump’s ability to handle his presidential duties, a majority believe he is competent to be president. Nevertheless, the charitable sector should be concerned about what his presidency could mean for nonprofit organizations — and perhaps democracy itself.
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