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 5
How Grantmakers Can Use Power Mindfully to Advance Equity (Lisa Ranghelli, SSIR) While there are many potential barriers to utilizing power ethically and responsibly, funders can—and must—overcome them to truly advance equity and justice.
Tuesday, November 6
From Keeping Score to Measuring Progress: One Foundation’s Approach to Self-Assessment (Mark Zezza, CEP Blog) Many foundation leaders are asking these questions on an institutional level as well, looking back and considering the impact their organization has had over the past year.
Wednesday, November 7
The Exciting Embrace of Risk and Leadership: Thoughts for Today’s Activists (Margaret J. Wheatley, Nonprofit Quarterly) The work of social change requires a commitment to personal change. Leaders must be self-aware, noticing how they’re being influenced and changed, in both positive and negative directions.
Thursday, November 8
3 Reasons Why Grantmakers Don’t Face Power Head On (Kristina “Yna” C. Moore, NCRP Blog) In philanthropy, power shows up in many ways, from the board room to conversations with grant partners and community members. Yet, many funders don’t acknowledge the reality of power. Why? And why does it matter?
Friday, November 9
Advancing Nonprofit Diversity: A Call to Action for Funders and Nonprofits (Juan Olivarez, CEP Blog) CEP’s recent report, Nonprofit Diversity Efforts: Current Practices and the Role of Foundations, provides funders valuable input on what they can do to lead the way in helping nonprofits make greater improvements in diversifying their boards and staff.