What we’re reading and recommending this week. We add to this post throughout the week and look for your suggestions in the comments.
Monday, June 11
Embracing innovation could accelerate progress in philanthropy (Rev. Cory Anderson, Crain’s Detroit Business) U.S. foundations gave an estimated $60 billion in 2016, and not one of them can tell you which problem they solved. Each can easily describe a litany of ills requiring their financial intervention but none can describe the innovation that would make them irrelevant. That is unfortunate but fixable.
Tuesday, June 12
Why Funders Should Confront the Crisis of Mass Crimmigration (Prachi Patankar, NCRP) It is now time to unite the goals, the learnings and the struggles that are led by and focused on those who are directly affected by the deep tentacles of systems addicted to criminalization and incarceration.
Wednesday, June 13
You Never Give Me Your Money: Big Funders Neglect Peace and Security in a Dangerous Era (David Callahan, The Nation) Philanthropy tends to be a sleepy province. Foundations famously take their time charting new directions and aren’t known for risk-taking. But Donald Trump’s surprise election victory in 2016 set alarm bells ringing in this staid world like no other event in recent memory.
Thursday, June 14
Make Tax Breaks for Grantmakers Conditional on More Transparency, Suggests Philanthropy Think-Tank (Charles Keidan and Andrew Milner, Alliance) New Philanthropy Capital (NPC), a leading philanthropy think-tank and consultancy has called on the UK government to consider removing the tax privileges of foundations who don’t conform to improved standards of transparency. NPC argues that greater transparency among grantmakers would encourage strategic and impact-focussed giving.
Friday, June 15
An Unusual Grant Fuels a Push to Start Treating Climate Change as a Real Emergency (Tate Williams, Inside Philanthropy) A major challenge to organizing and advocacy around climate change is how even to approach a problem so large, complex, and gradually advancing (although it feels less gradual with every year, to be honest). An advocacy group that launched in 2014 has one answer—we respond like we’re at war.
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