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Weekly Reader – March 18, 2019

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 18

Brazil’s New Endowment Law Could Strengthen Philanthropy and Democracy Around the Globe (Paula Fabiani and Rhodri Davies, SSIR) A new law regulates the creation and management of philanthropic endowment funds in Brazil. It could be the foundation for reforms that renew philanthropy’s role in addressing social ills at a time when the world needs more help than ever.

Tuesday, March 19

Looking Beyond Leadership: Why Funders Should Support Grantees’ Entire Staff (Rusty Stahl, CEP Blog) “Staffing” is considered a high need among nonprofit CEOs, mentioned by 37 percent of nonprofit CEO respondents, second only to fundraising. Yet it does not appear at all among the top six issues most commonly mentioned by funders.

Wednesday, March 20

Funding Cross-Cutting Approaches: Groundswell Fund (Lisa Ranghelli, NCRP Blog) Building power may not fit neatly into narrowly defined issue areas.

Thursday, March 21

The Exciting Embrace of Risk and Leadership: Thoughts for Today’s Activists (Margaret J. Wheatley, Nonprofit Quarterly) The work of social change requires a commitment to personal change. Leaders must be self-aware, noticing how they’re being influenced and changed, in both positive and negative directions.

Friday, March 22

Hacking the Bias in Big Bets (Cheryl Dorsey, SSIR) The president of Echoing Green explains how to get more big bets to organizations led by people of color.