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Weekly Reader – May 22, 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, May 22

8 Silo-Smashing Trends in Philanthropy (Kris Putnam-Walkerly, Exponent Philanthropy) In my work as a philanthropic advisor, I come across philanthropy in all forms—from individual giving to institutional grantmaking and everything in between. It used to be that most of my clients engaged in their work from behind a wall of protection. Charity and grantmaking were held aside and in addition to other forces for good. However, over the past few years I’ve noticed philanthropy in all forms becoming less siloed and more interwoven with the world around it. Here are eight manifestations of this trend.

Tuesday, May 23

9 Principles of Community-Centric Fundraising (Vu Le, NonprofitAF) Today, I want to lay out a few preliminary thoughts on Community-Centric Fundraising. I was hoping to work on this further and present a tighter set of principles later, but because so many are curious, I thought I’d set down a few tentative points, based on the conversations and input I’ve had so far.

Wednesday, May 24

A Call for Inflection Point Funding (Peter Sloane, Philanthropy News Digest) It’s always been important to think about how private philanthropy can fill gaps in the social safety net that government, with its lower risk tolerance, cannot.

Thursday, May 25

Practicing Transparency for Discovery and Learning (Richard Russell & Richard Woo, Glasspockets) At a time when the country is experiencing deep divides and uncertainty, family foundations can reassure their constituents by demonstrating a commitment to transparency about their story and the essentials behind the work they do.

Friday, May 26

Lessons from Limited Life: The Brainerd Foundation (Ethan McCoy, The Center for Effective Philanthropy) Accompanying our recently published research on the approaches of limited life foundations, CEP produced case studies of three of the foundations featured in the report, titled A Date Certain: Lessons from Limited Life Foundations.

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