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Weekly Reads – October 1, 2020

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

“Transparency and information sharing matter, especially in a crisis. Having better information means organizations don’t have to make important decisions about where their resources are needed most in a vacuum, and that the sum of their efforts can add up to more than the parts. […] As a funder, the time you take to share information about your work makes a difference. Learn more about how you can contribute to the global database of philanthropy for COVID-19.” [more]
– Grace Sato, Candid

“[P]articipatory funding models are pioneers in demonstrating new paths forward towards rebalancing the long standing power structures that have favored the few over the many. By reimagining how grants and investments can be directed by and for communities, they are demonstrating how capital can become more democratically oriented and can enable the transformation of power structures into more equitable and just systems.” [more]
– Andrea McGrath, Saumya Shruti, and Shaily Acharya, Beeck Center for Innovation + Impact at Georgetown

“Philanthropy can bring its whole self to work with an impact investing mindset that expands horizons beyond grantmaking alone. Imagine what more foundations could achieve – from community development, to racial equity, to climate change mitigation – by supplying loans, loan guarantees, and equity investments for social good.” [more]
Beyond the Grant: Foundations as Impact Investors, The Bridgespan Group