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Weekly Reads—October 22, 2021

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

“The Building Movement Project’s latest report sheds light on the added challenges involved in executive transitions where a person of color is taking over leadership from a white executive director. The report is based on interviews with [executive directors and] CEOs of color, their white predecessors and board members, and documents how even when organizations were intentional about recruiting a new leader of color, the incoming BIPOC leaders inherited organizational dynamics that were trickier than they could have anticipated. This report. […] shows how unprepared our sector is for the impending wave of executive transitions.” [more]
Sean Thomas-Breitfeld, Building Movement Project

“Most philanthropic organizations take pains to carefully design and redesign their mission, strategy, and programs. Yet, few invest time in improving their daily operations to deliver on plans to meet their strategic goals. […] Improving operations processes has become even more important with the development of emergency programs and social justice funding, which have required an increased level of responsiveness even as the volume of grant applications has significantly increased.” [more]
Lee Kuntz, Innovation Process Design, for PND by Candid

“Philanthropy has paid little attention to influencing tax systems. That is a missed opportunity given the importance of tax in enabling countries to deliver on development priorities and tackle inequality. With a generational shift in tax reform underway worldwide now is the moment to engage, mobilize smart funding and have a major impact.” [more]
Michael Jarvis, Transparency and Accountability Initiative, and Savior Mwambwa, Open Society Foundations, for Alliance