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, November 20
Getting More Strategic: A Big Texas Funder’s New Game Plan for Health Equity (Alyssa Ochs, Inside Philanthropy) The growing reach and rising sophistication of local health foundations is one of the most important stories in institutional philanthropy, right now. These foundations, many of which were set up by nonprofit health organizations converting to for-profit status, often have substantial resources and are moving ever more grant money.
Tuesday, November 21
Philanthropic Disruptions: Everything and the Kitchen Sink (Brandolon Barnett, Nonprofit Quarterly) Nonprofits and philanthropy are, of course, no more immune than anything else to the cascading forces of “disruption” in modern-day American society. Whether through technology or the convergence of previously siloed activities into integrated platforms, the impact of these forces—which includes new ways in which technology enables us to work and give—is causing shifts across the charitable landscape that are shaping new donor behaviors and trends.
Wednesday, November 22
Shouting into the Mouth of a Cave (Kris Putnam-Walkerly, Putnam Consulting) Instead of asking about grant cycles, why not ask how they respond to real-time needs? What they’re doing to reduce hurdles for applicants and to streamline the grantmaking process? Why not ask if they’ve figured out a way to eliminate funding cycles altogether?
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