Weekly Reader – February 22, 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 22 

How To Squeeze Social Media Into Your Day When It Isn’t A Full-Time Job (Beth Kanter, Beth’s Blog) Adding social media and a powerful personal brand can be powerful networked leadership skill, but there is the huge challenge of making it a habit, putting it into daily practice.

Tuesday, February 23

Openness with a Purpose (Ellie Buteau, PhD, The Center for Effective Philanthropy) Interestingly, when it comes to transparency, foundations and grantees are on the same page.

Wednesday, February 24

Philanthropy Lessons: The Power Dynamic (Exponent Philanthropy) Funders must be aware of the power dynamic that exists between those who give away money and those who rely on philanthropic gifts, be empathetic to it, and be supportive. When we acknowledge this dynamic, bring grantees into the conversation, and build authentic, trusting relationships, we increase the opportunity to create meaningful impact together. (VIDEO)

Thursday, February 25

6 Questions to Ask Presidential Candidates About Their Philanthropy (Ryan Schlegel, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy) A politician’s charitable practices can serve as one important means to predict their priorities if elected to office.

Friday, February 26

How Does Philanthropy Lead in a Community Crisis? (Kyle Caldwell, Johnson Center at Grand Valley State University) Lost in the rancor and finger pointing over the water crisis in Flint is the important and unique leadership role that the nonprofit and foundation communities play in a crisis, and in broader, on-going efforts to rebuild distressed cities.

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Nikki Powell

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