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, September 17
Fund International Development? A Framework for Collaboration With Beneficiary Communities (Sam Burns, Exponent Philanthropy) For nearly a century, donor-driven development has struggled to create sustainable change in the Global South. Today, funders realize the key to improving community self-reliance lies in healthy collaboration with beneficiary communities.
Tuesday, September 18
Substantial Racial Stereotyping Toward Young Children of Color Found Among White Adults Who Work With Them (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health) New research from The Australian National University (ANU), Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the University of Michigan has found that young children and youth of color in the U.S. face significant racial stereotyping from adults who work with them.
Wednesday, September 19
Can We Stop Using an “Equity Lens”? (Medium) “Equity lens” has become the avocado toast of nonprofit-speak: it’s everywhere, it looks good, but it’s surprisingly unrevolutionary.
Thursday, September 20
Philanthropy Bets Big on Sustainable Development Goals (Kim Ogden, Sridhar Prasad, & Roger Thompson, SSIR) An international roster of donors has dispersed billions of dollars since 2000 to address social issues targeted by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Their efforts highlight four ways that big bets can achieve big social change.
Friday, September 21
Taking the Bus: Nonprofit Conferences and Integrity of Purpose (Miriam Axel-Lute, NPQ) Our nonprofits often advocate for local transit spending, but when we gather, we seem to forget these values. How would we know what the transit of a given city is like if we never ride their buses? Worse, we typically support ride-hailing services with our dollars that often contribute to the very problems of poverty our conferences aim to address.
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