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Weekly Reader – March 26, 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 26

Part of a Larger Plan: A New Texas LGBTQ Fund Gears Up To Make Its First Grants (Alyssa Ochs, Inside Philanthropy) There’s a new LGBTQ funder in Texas that’s a bit different and is looking to play an important role in a sprawling state that’s often been hostile territory for LGBTQ people.

Tuesday, March 27

Spending Bill Provides Bumps To Nonprofit Causes (NPT Staff, The Nonprofit Times) The federal government is funded, at least through September, as President Donald J. Trump signed a $1.3-trillion spending bill on Friday. The bill includes expenditures relating to health, family, and the arts, that impact nonprofits and the communities they serve.

Wednesday, March 28

Philanthropy in Sweden: Historical Legacies and Contemporary Opportunities (Lars Trägårdh, Center for Effective Philanthropy) Compared with most other Western countries, Sweden stands out for the relative absence of a strong philanthropic tradition, especially during the post-WWII period. Indeed, until recently “philanthropy” and “charity” carried distinctly negative connotations, emitting for many Swedes a faint odor suggesting practices that are old-fashioned and morally dubious.

Thursday, March 29

Adding Citizenship Question Will Impede a Fair and Accurate Census Count (David Biemesderfer, United Philanthropy Forum) Commerce Secretary Ross’ decision this week to include an untested question on citizenship status in the 2020 census will put at serious risk a fair and accurate census count in 2020.

Friday, March 30

Philanthropy and rural life: what is being done, and what might be (Jeremy Beer, Philanthropy Daily) In light of the deep and growing rural-urban political divide, and the consequent villainization of rural people, the inflow of philanthropic resources from establishment funders is likely to continue to slow.

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