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, July 16
University Foundations Have Some Lessons to Learn (Marian Conway, Nonprofit Quarterly) As we have learned from other university support foundations’ mistakes, the best place to start is to make sure the person leading a university is not the person running the support foundation.
Tuesday, July 17
Funder Collaboration: It’s Not Always What You Think (Allistair Mallillin, Exponent Philanthropy) It is clear that an individual funder (and a small-staffed one no less!) will not solve the world’s intractable problems alone. In fact, it will take a whole network of funders—including grant partners and others—at the same table if we want to make progress.
Wednesday, July 18
Philanthropy in the War Zone (Bradford K. Smith, Philanthropy News Digest) How should foundations navigate the world of 2018 and beyond? How can they? To be sure, foundations have something valuable to contribute — flexible resources free from market, electoral, and fundraising pressures. But will they use them to fight, transcend, or simply ignore the conflict that surrounds them?
Thursday, July 19
Nonprofit Diversity Efforts: Current Practices and the Role of Foundations (Center for Effective Philanthropy) In discussions about diversity at foundations, it’s essential that the perspectives of grantees be included in the conversation. The data in this report can inform foundation leaders and staff as they consider how they can most helpfully engage with their grantees on the topic of diversity.
Friday, July 20
House Provision Permitting Political Churches Moves Forward (Andy Segedin, The NonProfit Times) Attempts by a pair members of Congress to remove language permitting political activity by churches in the House of Representatives’ “mini-bus” appropriations bill will not be considered further as of Monday evening. The bill is now likely to proceed on this week with language prohibiting the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from denying tax exemptions due to political activity.
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