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Weekly Reader – March 12, 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, March 12

Women’s Funds Deploy $58.4 Million in Funding in Two Years (Kiersten Marek, Philanthropy Women) Despite an increasingly hostile climate for women and girls in the United States, with access to reproductive services being cut and campus sexual assault policies being rolled back, a partnership of women’s funds that started during the Obama administration is continuing to grow and deploy needed funds to grassroots organizations.

Tuesday, March 13

Nicky Goren, President and CEO, Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation: Doing Racial Equity Work ‘Authentically’ (Kyoko Uchida, Philanthropy News Digest) PND recently spoke with Nicky Goren about the process the Meyer Foundation initiated in 2014 to develop and implement a racial equity agenda, the importance of doing that work “authentically,” and some things foundations new to the space should keep in mind.

Wednesday, March 14

Foundation Impact Investing Is Gaining Steam. But Can Proponents Answer These Four Questions? (David Callahan, Inside Philanthropy) Foundation leaders never tire of stressing how paltry their grantmaking budgets are relative to society’s problems and they’re exactly right. So it’s been exciting to watch more of these leaders break the glass to get at the real money.

Thursday, March 15

Marginalized Communities and the Audacity of Ambition (Vu Le, NonprofitAF) Until the systems we are working within are more equitable, let us be guided be this question for every decision, every funding request: What is our AOA?

Friday, March 16

Philanthropy’s Seven Deadly Sins (Ali Webb, Nonprofit Quarterly) How can the impulse to help others, which led to $390 billion in philanthropic giving in 2016 according to GivingUSA, be coupled with the concept of sin?

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