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Weekly Reader – May 20, 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, May 20

How to Make Sure Your Nonprofit Isn’t Wasting Its Time With Impact Investing (Stephanie Marienau Turpin and Shikhank Sharma, SSIR) As more and more international nonprofits explore impact investing, six questions can help them decide whether to forge ahead and how to do it.

Tuesday, May 21

Shifting Power to Shape the Future: Is Woke a Possibility for Foundations? (Makiyah Moody, NCRP Blog) For foundations, this is a moment to disrupt centuries of inequity and power imbalance by relinquishing the reins.

Wednesday, May 22

An Important Window into the Foundation Boardroom (Anne Wallestad, CEP Blog) Tap into a conversation about the inner workings of a foundation board and the unique and critical relationship between boards and executives, including some of the challenges that can emerge and what — particularly as foundation executives — can be done to navigate them.

Thursday, May 22

Best Practices for Nonprofit Directors (Marguerite Griffin, Philanthropy Journal) Successfully-run nonprofits have leaders who prioritize the organization’s mission, understand and faithfully execute their duties, and make strategic decisions that support the organization’s overall well-being.

Friday, May 23

How Can Philanthropy Respond to the Values of Liberté, Egalité and Fraternité in Today’s Fragile World? (Hanna Stähle, Alliance Blog) While philanthropy’s contribution to the public good is tiny in comparison to the welfare state, it is part of civil society and is connected to local communities and their needs.