Weekly Reader – April 25, 2016

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, April 25

Engaged Partner Focused on Equity (Doug Stamm, Meyer Memorial Trust blog) Philanthropy, borne out of wealth, is often at direct odds with equity. Historically rooted in notions of charity or generosity — not ill-intended, mind you — philanthropy can come across as decidedly noblesse oblige.

Tuesday, April 26

Use an Abundance Mentality to Streamline Foundation Processes (Kris Putnam-Walkerly, PhilanthroFiles) Foundations that see beyond the poverty mentality and recognize the value of their own abundance allow themselves to do things that significantly increase their effectiveness.

Wednesday, April 27

Women & Wealth: Insights for Grantmakers (Asset Funders Network) Improving women’s ability to build wealth is not only good for women, but is essential for the economic well-being of children, families, and our community.

Thursday, April 28

The History of the World in 46 Lectures From Columbia University (Open Culture) You get to be a fly on the wall and soak up whatever knowledge you want. All you need is an internet connection and some free time on your hands.

Friday, April 29

10 Places Where Collective Impact Gets It Wrong (Tom Wolff, Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice) Collective Impact gets much about collaboration wrong, regarding both the goals and processes of community change collaboration. In light of the uncritical, widespread adoption and funding of Collective Impact by government agencies and foundations, it is necessary to examine and assess Collective Impact much more critically and thoughtfully.

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Nikki Powell

Nikki Powell is PEAK Grantmaking's communications and practices director. You can find her on Twitter @nikkiwpowell.