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Weekly Reads—April 30, 2021

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

Why is it that nonprofits are still over 80 percent white-led? Why does that number increase to 90 percent when it comes to the 315 largest nonprofits in the country? White supremacy. [more]
Anastasia Reesa Tomkin, Common Justice, in Nonprofit Quarterly

In this moment of crisis, giving circles offer a way forward toward more inclusionary and democratic philanthropic practice.” [more]
Michael D. Layton, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

[A] true embodiment of trust-based philanthropy requires intentional alignment of an organization’s culture, values, and leadership. Simply put, if the people in charge are not actually willing to give up power in service of the collective whole, then it makes it very difficult for an organization to be fully trust-based.[more]
Trust-Based Philanthropy Project

Foundations can create safe spaces to bring reform advocates, government officials, police organizations, and other stakeholders to the table. This kind of convening power is an underutilized asset in philanthropy. Combined with the right grants at the right time, it has the potential to catalyze lasting change.” [more]
Bradford K. Smith, Candid

“The problems philanthropy seeks to remedy are big, messy, and complicated. Yet far too often, we try to combat them with simple responses.  … [The Eisner Foundation] decided to work in a simultaneously more expansive and interconnected way, and we feel our efforts have dramatically increased our impact.” [more]
Trent Stamp and Cathy Choi, Eisner Foundation