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Weekly Reader – July 24, 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, July 24

Investing in Policy and Advocacy: A Foundation Shares Lessons Learned (M. Gabriela Alcalde & Maggie Jones, Nonprofit Quarterly) Working on advocacy and policy is challenging. Not only is it complex, fluid, and increasingly politicized, it is also challenging to measure progress and communicate success.

Tuesday, July 25

These adorable puppies need your help to keep the nonprofit sector nonpartisan (Vu Le, Nonprofit AF) Today, I am asking you to take action to keep our sector nonpartisan. Do you want to let these puppies down? I didn’t think so.

Wednesday, July 26

Philanthropy vs. Racism: Inside Kellogg’s Quest for “Healing and Transformation” (Philip Rojc, Inside Philanthropy) For a long time, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has been a steadfast philanthropic leader in the push for a more equitable society—and one that isn’t afraid to address race directly. In fact, it’s hard to think of a major foundation that’s invested more thought, energy and grant money in this area than Kellogg.

Thursday, July 27

Foundation Source Releases 2017 Report on Grantmaking (Business Wire) Foundation Source, the nation’s largest provider of comprehensive support services for private foundations, today released its 2017 Report on Grantmaking, which found that on average, grant sizes from client foundations grew by 3% in 2016 compared to 2015. Mid ($1-10M) and large ($10-50M) sized foundations also gave more numerous grants compared to the year before.

Friday, July 28

When Does a Time-Limited Grantmaking Strategy Make Sense? (Justina Acevedo-Cross, The David & Lucile Packard Foundation) Grantmakers rarely fund the same activity in perpetuity. We like to find opportunities to serve as a catalyst, or provide seed money, or test a new idea and then see the program, organization, or movement that we’ve funded take root and continue to grow with other, more durable sources of support.

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