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Weekly Reader – October 30, 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 30

Tilting Upward: Skewed Giving Trends and Inequality in the Nonprofit Sector (David Callahan, Inside Philanthropy) Rising inequality in America over the past four decades has undermined living standards and social mobility, dampened economic growth, and corrupted U.S. politics. But what about the effects of inequality on civil society and the nonprofit sector?

Tuesday, October 31

Using Data to Accelerate the Impact of Early-stage Investments (Evan Marwell, SSIR) Why having enough money and data is the difference between success and failure for early-stage organizations.

Wednesday, November 1

How To Challenge Philanthropy Traditions (Giving Compass) Success stories about social change rarely start with large guns. But, as it turns out, there’s a lot that philanthropy can learn from looking at the history of artillery—the cannons that would get drawn to the edge of a battlefield, first by horses and later by large trucks, to shell the enemy from a distance.

Thursday, November 2

How Funders Support Nonprofit People (Rusty Stahl, Center for Effective Philanthropy) Funders often request compelling data to make the case that investing in grantee staff advances nonprofit programs and impact. Understandably, before making a significant investment you want to see proof that the investment will enjoy solid returns.

Friday, November 3

Federal Tax Bill Targets Deductions, Endowments, Lobbying (Andy Segedin, The Nonprofit Times) The year of speculation is over. Nonprofit leaders finally know what proposed tax reform will mean for the sector and the earlier reports look grim, with estimates predicting that a doubled standard deduction without a universal deduction will, alone, lead to a $13 billion loss in giving.

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