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Weekly Reader – July 3, 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 3

You deserve a break, nonprofit Jedi Unicorn (Vu Le, NonprofitAF) Today is the day before the Fourth of July, a national holiday in the US, when we celebrate independence with grilled meats, beer, and setting things on fire. Yet many of you are probably reading this at your office instead of taking a four-day weekend.

Tuesday, July 4

How Grantmakers Unwittingly Make Life Harder For Nonprofits (Kris Putnam-Walkerly, Forbes) Too often, a philanthropist’s or foundation’s work and effectiveness, while generous in spirit, is confounded by the requirements and processes that the funder adopts — requirements and processes that make their nonprofit partners tear out their hair.

Wednesday, July 5

More Attempts to Repeal Johnson Amendment Irk Nonprofits (Michael Wyland, Nonprofit Quarterly) The marked-up bill will be combined with markups from the House Appropriations Committee’s 11 other subcommittees and scheduled for a committee vote in the near future.

Thursday, July 6

Guidestar’s Guide to Good Practices in Foundation Operations (Gene Takagi, Nonprofit Law Blog) In June 2017, Guidestar released A Guide to Good Practices in Foundation Operations. The practices outlined cover the following areas: transparency; due diligence; responsive communications; and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Friday, July 7

18 Community Foundation Leaders’ Advice for Jeff Bezos (Editors, SSIR) Wealthy philanthropists can give help to those who need it most by investing in local foundations and their communities.

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