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Weekly Reader – June 5, 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, June 5

Are Foundations Part of the Resistance? Challenges to Elite Donors in a Neo-Populist Age (Kristin A. Goss and Jeffrey M. Berry, Nonprofit Quarterly) The neo-populist wave that swept Donald Trump to power poses at least three challenges to elite philanthropy, which we define as both wealthy individual donors and foundations.

Tuesday, June 6

The Philanthropy World is Embracing Impact Investing (Ben Paynter, Fast Company) Instead of just using the stock market, more and more foundations putting their endowments into projects that help the world–including hitting the Sustainable Development Goals.

Wednesday, June 7

The Diversity Gap in the Nonprofit Sector (Susan Medina, Philanthropy News Digest) The lack of diversity at the highest levels of the country’s corporations has become a popular topic of debate, thanks in part to a number of high-profile stories focused on the technology industry.

Thursday, June 8

Making Effective Collaboration Possible (Mark Samolczyk, Glasspockets) Are you tired of hearing that you should collaborate? It’s understandable. As philanthropic leaders, it can sometimes feel like we’re told to collaborate as often as children on a playground are told to share. We get it. Enough already.

Friday, June 9

The Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap: Flipping the Lens (Cyndi Suarez, Nonprofit Quarterly) The overwhelming conclusion is that the nonprofit sector, like the rest of the world, is an uneven playing field.

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