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Weekly Reader – September 18, 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, September 18

Niarchos Foundation Awards $55 Million to New York Public Library (Andreas Dracopoulos, Philanthropy News Digest) The New York Public Library has announced a $55 million gift from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation to fund a complete renovation of the Mid-Manhattan Library.

Tuesday, September 19

Jerry’s Legacy: It Was More Than Just Show Biz (Paul Clolery, The Nonprofit Times) The passing of Jerry Lewis was sad but expected. He had been in failing health for several years. But, it is not the end of an era. The era ended in 2010 when he and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) parted ways after training the American public about annual giving.

Wednesday, September 20

What Just Happened at the Open Society Foundations? And What Comes Next? (David Callahan, Inside Philanthropy) Chris Stone is leaving the Open Society Foundations after nearly six years of working to tame a dysfunctional organization and navigate the complicated world of George Soros.

Thursday, September 21

For Grantseeking, a Nonprofit’s Age Matters — but It Isn’t Everything (Ellen Mowrer, TechSoup) Our human infrastructure wears out as we grow older. For nonprofit organizations, it is usually the opposite — their strength and infrastructure increase in health as they grow older.

Friday, September 22

Capital for Creativity (Laura Callanan, SSIR) Impact investors have ignored the arts and culture sector, at the expense of the communities they seek to help.

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