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Weekly Reads—February 25, 2022

Enjoy PEAK’s weekly roundup of timely insights from the grantmaking community and beyond.

“Why did only 21 of the Forbes 400 list of wealthiest Americans give enough to make the Philanthropy 50 list?” [more]
David Campbell, State University of New York, Elizabeth J. Dale, Seattle University, and Jasmine McGinnis Johnson, George Washington University, for The Conversation

“According to the Investing in Native Communities project, large foundations have allocated less than half a percent of their total annual grantmaking to Native communities since 2006. The percentage allocated to Native-led and Native-serving organizations is likely much lower. Native people are often considered as an afterthought, if we are considered at all. According to the dominant narrative, we are people of the past. When we are mentioned, we are often relegated to an “other” category within demographic data sources. We are regularly considered too “statistically insignificant” for our stories to make the front page. In reality, there is important work happening every day—much of it led by Native nonprofits.” [more]
Carly Bad Heart Bull, Native Ways Federation, for The Center for Effective Philanthropy

“When organizations are able to listen authentically, repeatedly, and consistently with an equity commitment, it changes them culturally. Once high-quality feedback gets normalized, staff stop instituting changes without first embedding a client-facing input or feedback process.” [more]
Valerie Threlfall, Managing Director, Listen4Good