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Weekly Reads – April 17, 2020

A roundup of timely insight from the grantmaking community and beyond.

“In devastating, rapidly changing crises such as this one, we can’t afford not to listen to communities when determining our response. While collecting and using feedback may not seem like a priority in the midst of a crisis, it is both vital and feasible, and it can save valuable time and money.”  [more]
– Britt Lake, Feedback Labs

“Community-led responses to the COVID-19 epidemic are providing a model for treating the vulnerable that should remain when this crisis comes to an end.”  [more]
– Samer Araabi, Accountability Counsel, in SSIR

“Even in the best of times, [community] listening has not been philanthropy’s strong suit. […] And now, when stress is so high and with so many competing demands on individuals, organizations, and communities, making the effort to listen may seem like a “nice to have” rather than a “must have.” But we believe listening to all voices – especially voices least heard – is essential, particularly as funders seek to inform effective responses to the many requests coming their way.”  [more]
– Valerie Threlfall, Melinda Tuan, and Fay Twersky, on CEP blog

Listen to this discussion with advocates and leaders from several family philanthropies who have announced plans to increase their payout and support for nonprofits during this time of crisis, as they share strategies for funding and how the field can collaborate together to support nonprofits and communities.  [more]
– NCFP webinar, “Beyond 5%: Increasing Support in a Time of Crisis”