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, August 24
Evalu-cations: The indispensable alliance between evaluation and communications (Jonathan Sotsky, The Knight Foundation blog) If I had to pick a word that binds evaluation and communications together it would be “strategy.”
Tuesday, August 25
MacArthur and Ford Foundations Diverge on Strategy (Alex Daniels, Chronicle of Philanthropy) The Ford Foundation’s new approach to grant making is designed for the long run, while the MacArthur foundation is looking to shake things up quickly.
Wednesday, August 26
The Overhead Debate: Charities Risk Widening Rift With Donors Over Administrative Costs (Brian Mittendorf, Chronicle of Philanthropy) A recent survey by U.S. Trust and Phoenix Marketing International found that the top reason wealthy donors do not give more is fear their money “won’t be used wisely.” Charities rely heavily on public trust. This makes it all the more important that nonprofit leaders assuage donor fears when it comes to financial stewardship.
Thursday, August 27
10 Scientifically Proven Ways to Build and Manage Great Teams (Jeff Haden, Inc.com) Fortunately, academic research on team culture and group dynamics sheds some much needed light on creating and motivating the perfect team.
Friday, August 28
What Makes a Philanthropist a Philanthropist? ( Beth Oppenheim-Chan, Philanthrogeek) The diversity and innovation that can now be found in the philanthropic space is what makes this field exciting