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Weekly Reader – January 2, 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, January 2

A day may come when the courage of the nonprofit sector fails. Today is not that day! (Vu Le, Nonprofit With Balls) Colleagues of the nonprofit sector. My sisters and brothers. I see in your twitching eyes the dread of returning to work today.

Tuesday, January 3

Uncertainty Remains Over China’s Law on Foreign Nonprofits (Chris Buckley, Philanthropy News Digest) Passed by China’s national legislature last April, the law states that foreign NGOs must not endanger China’s national security and ethnic unity. To that end, foreign nonprofits such as foundations, charities, and most business associations must register with the police, be sponsored by state agencies and organizations, and submit regular reports on their activities.

Wednesday, January 4

What’s the Future of Giving? 2016 in Philanthropy. (Ben Paynter, FastCoExist) Though we’ve always kept a close eye on developments and innovations in the world of foundations and giving, this year, Co.Exist launched our Future of Philanthropy section to highlight the leaders, groups, tactics, and ventures shaking up how charity works.

Thursday, January 5

Grant Development Suffers from Brain-Drain (Barbara Floersch, The Nonprofit Times) Nonprofit employees frequently struggle with insecure jobs, high stress, long workdays, and compassion fatigue. It’s no wonder turnover is high. High staff turnover is a debilitating drain on accumulated institutional knowledge. It’s a sector-wide problem that definitely affects the ability to secure grant support.

Friday, January 6

5 Ways Foundations And Wealthy Donors Can Combat the Trump Agenda (Aaron Dorfman, The Huffington Post) Donald Trump’s election as the next U.S. president represents the victory of a reactionary, hard-right agenda that threatens to overturn decades of progress on important social and environmental issues. But groups and individuals are beginning to organize against the most damaging aspects of Trump’s politics. A resistance is forming, and it needs and deserves the support of our nation’s foundations and wealthy donors.


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