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Weekly Reads—October 8, 2021

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

Against the backdrop of the pandemic and calls for racial justice, 12 placed-based funders share what they’ve learned by leaning into more equitable giving practices and working alongside the communities they serve. [more]
Debby Bielak, Darren Isom, Marion Michieka, and Bill Breen, The Bridgespan Group

“[R]ecognizing the critical importance of learning alongside our peers, activities conducted in partnership with colleagues who are similarly committed to transforming philanthropic culture and practice provide additional insight into the leading-edge thinking happening at this very moment. When we are intentional in our efforts to cultivate trusting relationships with each other, we are better positioned to uncover specific examples of practice that inform how we can improve both the quality and experience of our work as grantmakers.” [more]
Marcus Walton, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations

“[The Satterberg] Foundation views PSOs as places for ‘power building, movement building, policy work, building funds. They’re the place to invest for funders who really want to move an agenda and provide a regional perspective. We need them in philanthropy.’” [more]
David Biemesderfer, United Philanthropy Forum

“In the OpenNotes movement, doctors have taken the radical step of directly sharing their medical notes, lab results, and plans — the entire medical record — with patients. They’ve created systems to make those notes easy to access and discuss. … [V]irtually every foundation I’m aware of has similar ‘notes’ in the form of the grant write-ups and recommendations created by program officers for boards and/or senior leadership. Why not open up those notes to the grantees they’re about?” [more]
Kevin Bolduc, Center for Effective Philanthropy