Weekly Reader – February 1, 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, February 1

Gen X and Millennial Women: Ready to Give in More Meaningful Ways (Ann Canela, Philantopic) While a lot of attention has been focused on millennials, a generation that is even larger than the boomer generation, a growing body of evidence suggests that the next demographic cohort to step up as significant givers will be Gen Xers and “older” millennials — especially female donors between the ages of 30 and 45.

Tuesday, February 2

A Checkup on PRIs (Margaret Laws, Stanford Social Innovation Review) For one leading health funder, program-related investments have become a promising way to help underserved populations.

Wednesday, February 3

A ‘Big Bet’ Strategy: Large Grants for the Long-Term (Chip Edelsberg, PhilanTopic) Our commitment to a founding strategic principle has not wavered: careful consideration of invited grant proposals for significant amounts of funding over four- and five-year periods.

Thursday, February 4

Could Giving Circles Rebuild Philanthropy from the Bottom Up? (Angela Eikenberry, Nonprofit Quarterly) Giving circles are voluntary groups that enable individuals to pool their money (and sometimes their time as volunteers) to support organizations of mutual interest. They also provide opportunities for education and engagement among participants about philanthropy and social change, connecting them to charities, their communities, and each other.

Friday, February 5

Philanthropy Lessons: The Many Forms of Evaluation (Exponent Philanthropy) Evaluating impact can involve diverse data points, from tangible measures such as people served and dollars spent to less concrete aspects including lessons learned and challenges faced. Effective philanthropists embrace evaluation, understanding its dynamic and complex nature. (VIDEO)

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Nikki Powell

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