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Weekly Reader – May 14, 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, May 14

Gates Foundation Commits $158 Million to Fight Poverty in the U.S. (Philanthropy News Digest) The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced a pledge of $158 million over four years in support of efforts to increase economic mobility and opportunity across the United States.

Tuesday, May 15

Asset-based grant-making in response to Forced Displacement (Christine L. Mendonça, Medium) In using an asset-based framework to engage support systems of ‘people on the move,’ funders have the opportunity to have a broader more sustaining positive impact on the communities affected by global forced displacement.

Wednesday, May 16

Economic Justice (Global Fund For Women) Our strategic grantmaking has helped lay the foundation for policies, programs, and resources that support women’s work and promote economic justice.

Thursday, May 17

Re-imagining Philanthropy’s Power Structure to Address Inequities (Kimberly Casey, NCRP) Equity has surfaced in the social sector as a work imperative, not only for nonprofits but for philanthropy. There are a few funders who have moved forward on incorporating equitable practices, but many others are caught in the business as usual mode of: If it isn’t broke, then don’t fix it.

Friday, May 18

A Health Funder Puts Women of Color Front and Center of Latest Work (Caitlin Reilly, Inside Philanthropy) The California Wellness Foundation is putting up $13 million over the next five years to better health outcomes for women of color through two distinct initiatives tackling issues that disproportionately affect nonwhite women.

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