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Weekly Reader – June 4, 2018

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, June 4

Giving in the Light of Reason (Marc Gunther, SSIR) Facebook billionaire Dustin Moskovitz and Cari Tuna created the Open Philanthropy Project to ensure that their wealth helps solve important and neglected problems. Will their massive experiment in effective altruism validate the cause or demonstrate its hubris?

Tuesday, June 5

The Gates Foundation’s Education Plans Go International (Stephen Sawchuk, Education Week) The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced a $68 million commitment to expand its education grantmaking abroad.

Wednesday, June 6

Arnold Foundation to Build $50M Philanthropic Research Fund to Study Gun Violence (Ruth McCambridge, NPQ) Laura Arnold of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation announced at a Forbes Forum on philanthropy that the foundation plans to build a $50 million fund to support gun violence research. The foundation itself will invest the first $20 million for the project, which will be called the National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research.

Thursday, June 7

Public Allies: How a Small Family Foundation Got Behind Local School Teachers (Caitlin Reilly, Inside Philanthropy) Funders here come in all shapes and sizes, holding a range of beliefs about improving student outcomes. The Clements Foundation is a case in point.

Friday, June 8

Nonprofits Already Eyeing 2020 Census, $800 Billion At Stake (Andy Segedin, The Nonprofit Times) The National Council of Nonprofits (NCN) and a host of state associations are in Washington, D.C. this week to lobby on behalf of the sector. While many discussions have been had regarding pressing issues and concerns facing the sector today, at least some eyes are looking ahead to 2020 — but not for the reason some might think.

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