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, October 1
Leverage Points: To Advance Gender Equality, Foundations Must Put Policy First (Surina Kahn and Lee Roper-Batker, Inside Philanthropy) We must invest in developing policy that transforms systems and enables women and girls to reach their full potential.
Tuesday, October 2
Power, Privilege, and Effectiveness: Are Funders Connecting the Dots? (Kathleen P. Enright, Stanford Social Innovation Review) To advance equity more effectively in collaboration with nonprofits and communities, grantmakers must share power with and leverage privilege for nonprofits and communities.
Wednesday, October 3
Funders that Don’t Seek Feedback Are Out of Excuses (Aaron Dorfman, CEP Blog) One of the most significant and positive trends in philanthropy over the past 10 years has been the growing willingness of foundations to get feedback from grantees and the people and communities these nonprofits serve.
Thursday, October 4
The Power of Families (Kristina “Yna” C. Moore, NCRP Blog) In “The Power of Families,” the foundation’s president and CEO, Luz Vega-Marquis shares some key lessons from the successes of its grantee partners on frontline efforts that cut across policy issues, race, gender, economics and other “dividing lines.”
Friday, October 5
“Our North Star.” What We Can Learn from One Equity Funder’s Journey So Far (Alyssa Ochs, Inside Philanthropy) While many funders are still trying to figure out what that means alongside their longstanding missions, others have had a few years to settle into equity-focused programming and assess their progress so far.
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