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Weekly Reads—July 16, 2021

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

“COVID-19 has laid bare what the disability community has been telling us all along: current systems have failed people with disabilities because they were not created with disabled people in mind.” [more]
Catherine Hyde Townsend and Bess Rothenberg, Ford Foundation, in Stanford Social Innovation Review

“Overall, we found that foundations increased their giving in fiscal year (FY) 2020. Larger organizations were more likely to report increases, as were community foundations. But increases in giving were not necessarily matched with higher payout. For those that did increase payout, they cited the crises of 2020 as reasons to give more.” [more]
2020 Foundation Giving Forecast Survey, Candid

“Corporate charitable donations were critical in order to absorb the immediate shock and disruption of the pandemic. But for business leaders willing to consider a far-sighted approach, there is another, higher-risk strategy with potential for longer-term change: betting on social enterprises.” [more]
Yasmina Zaidman, Acumen, for Fast Company

“Giving financially, as part of who we are together as Americans, is waning. Why this is so is the subject of ongoing research and discussion, but some of it may have to do with how disconnected we feel from each other. … Certainly, some of the giving we are doing as Americans is exacerbating divisions among the four Americas and seeding confusion about common facts and shared understandings.” [more]
Amir Pasic, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indiana University