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Weekly Reader – October 2, 2017

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 2

As DiCaprio’s Foundation Grows, New Grants to Solar, Lions and More (Tate Williams, Inside Philanthropy) We like to check in on DiCaprio’s foundation now and then, because the actor’s platform for philanthropy and outreach always draws a fair amount of attention and tends to make some surprising grants.

Tuesday, October 3

Six Traits to Look for in a Diversity Leader (Part 1) (Aiko Bethea, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center) Failing on DI damages brands and has high opportunity costs.

Wednesday, October 4

6 Traits to Look for in a Diversity Leader (Part 2) (Aiko Bethea, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center) Recognizing DI as a required core competency for successful organizations and leaders is a new concept. As a result, the most lucrative organizations are scrambling to retain consultants and internal leaders who can successfully navigate them to success in the DI realm.

Thursday, October 5

Progress Is Possible: How These Funders Are Tackling Gun Violence (David Callahan and Alyssa Ochs, Inside Philanthropy) Foundations are stepping up work to address the gun issue at the local level in ways that don’t hinge on legislative wins, and are also funding research to learn more about gun violence.

Friday, October 6

The Opioid Crisis and Older Americans: Philanthropy’s Role in Addressing the Effects (Karen Kahn, Nonprofit Quarterly) A new report from Grantmakers in Aging (GIA), “Heartache, Pain, and Hope: Rural Communities, Older People, and the Opioid Crisis,” examines the differential impact of opioid misuse and abuse on older adults living in small towns and rural communities and interventions that provide potential models for scaling up the philanthropic and public response to this crisis.

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