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Weekly Reader – April 4, 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 4

Not Just Cute Faces: Youth Grantmakers Are Strengthening Philanthropy (Jen Bokoff, GMNsight) Youth are driving grant dollars to organizations that are changing communities through more than 480 programs around the world. Most of these young people are not independently wealthy, and most didn’t say “philanthropist” when asked what they wanted to be when they grew up.

Tuesday, April 5

Why Silence Is So Good For Your Brain (Carolyn Gregoire, Huffington Post) In a loud and distracting world, finding pockets of stillness can benefit your brain and body. Here are four science-backed reasons why.

Wednesday, April 6

Depth of Field (Seth Godin’s Blog) Your story is your story. But you don’t have to keep reminding yourself of your story, not if it doesn’t help you change it or the work you’re doing.

Thursday, April 7

Focusing the Conversation on Philanthropy to Save Family Legacies (Michelle Lemming, Nonprofit Quarterly) The grandchildren of our most affluent families are not likely to experience their riches. According to a recent article by Philanthropy Roundtable, the vast majority of America’s most affluent families deplete their inheritances within just three generations of their fortunes being accumulated. Only 20 percent of U.S. families will pass this mark with the hope of creating lasting impact for their families and society. This has led many families and experts to question what creates lasting financial success.

Friday, April 8

Philanthropy and Inclusivity: A Longstanding Problem That Must Be Treated as Urgent (Vikki N. Spruill and Diana Campoamor, Nonprofit Quarterly) When it comes to diversifying American philanthropy, few would argue that there has been too little discussion about making the sector look more like the people it serves. The real challenge has been to set in motion the measures that assure greater diversity throughout the sector.

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Nikki Powell

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