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Weekly Reader – June 3, 2019

What we’re reading and recommending this week. Your comments and suggestions are welcomed.

How to Push DEI Conversations Out of the Comfort Zone (Chera Reid and Jara Dean-Coffey, SSIR) As we work to advance racial equity in philanthropy, four practices can help us find and stay with our learning edge—the boundaries of our comfort zones and competencies where changes are truly transformative and freeing.

Philanthropy Must Exclusively Support Causes that Indicate a Love of Humanity (Dr. Abbas Barzegar and Zainab Arain, NCRP Blog) Funding hate has become an institutional feature of philanthropy.

Homelessness and Aging: Stark Truths Few Can Face (Karen Kahn, Nonprofit Quarterly) In a major gift to the University of California Center for Vulnerable Populations, Marc and Lynne Benioff are underwriting new research into the causes and solutions of homelessness.

Four Promising Practices for Philanthropies to Advance Advocacy and Policy Change (Loren McArthur, CEP Blog) Funders are increasingly turning to policy advocacy as a lever for change and, in some cases, experimenting with institutional and staffing structures, or seeking to use their convening power and influence in addition to grants, to advance policy change.

Peace Funding: It’s Time to Break the Mould (Rick van der Woud, Alliance Magazine) The field of peace and reconciliation needs patient and committed funders, not fickle and easily distracted ones.