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 29
Who’s Giving Grants to Close the Racial Wealth Gap? (Philip Rojc and David Callahan, Inside Philanthropy) It’s not at all surprising to see the W.K. Kellogg Foundation addressing the racial wealth gap in a sustained way. No major foundation has made racial equity a bigger focus of grantmaking than Kellogg.
Tuesday, May 30
Winter is here, and we must build the power of organizations and communities of color (Vu Le, Nonprofit AF) All of this makes me wonder about one of the most important roles of our sector, which is the building of community power. When the voices of the community members most affected by injustice are strong, when they have the resources and power to help change the systems—by voting, by shaping policies—our society is strengthened and all of us benefit.
Wednesday, May 31
In Today’s Complex and Uncertain Times, Philanthropy Associations and Networks are More Vial Than Ever (David Biemesderfer, NCRP) A major contributing factor to the widespread feeling of uncertainty today is the recent election results and the deep divides they revealed in our country, which seem to have only solidified since the election.
Thursday, June 1
Moving Racial Equity and Inclusion from the Periphery to the Center: Lessons from an Incomplete Project (Nadia Owusu and Micah Gilmer, Nonprofit Quarterly) Ultimately, doing the work of racial equity requires aligned action—multiple groups and stakeholders within an organization working through difficult issues in concert.
Friday, June 2
Telling Your Data Story Well (Rahul Bhargava, SSIR) Data is an asset nonprofits can use in a variety of ways—to create more effective programs, to spread the message about what they do, and to bring people together. For nonprofits that want to create a visual of their data to achieve one of these goals, there is a flabbergasting array of possible tools.
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