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Weekly Reader – January 18, 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, January 18

Measuring What Matters (Marc J. Holley, Cheri A. Recchia, & Valerie Bockstette, Stanford Social Innovation Review) The very real need to determine how best to allocate foundations’ limited resources requires generating robust performance measures that drive accountability, learning, and impact—for each and every grant.

Tuesday, January 19

Should Foundations Be Subject to “Sunshine” Laws? (Marc Gunther, Nonprofit Chronicles) Far better than regulation, though, would be voluntary action by foundations. Sharing is caring, as we tell our kids. But with some laudable exceptions, which we’ll get to, most foundations are not nearly as open as they could or should be.

Wednesday, January 20

New Report Details How Small Foundations Create Change (Exponent Philanthropy) Foundations that operate with few or no staff are using a variety of strategies to make their grant dollars go further, according to Exponent Philanthropy’s 2016 Foundation Operations and Management Report.

Thursday, January 21

The “Next Gen” Is Not as “Other” as You May Think (Kerry McHugh and Katherine Palms, Philanthrofiles) Recognizing that the next generation is truly a diverse group—including many looking for ways to make change—is the first step toward bringing the next generation along for the wonderful, incredible, and challenging ride that we all know philanthropy can be.

Friday, January 22

An Entrepreneurial Perspective on Philanthropy (Naveen Jain, Huffington Post)Philanthropy is not about giving money but about solving problems. While well-meaning, the idea of writing a check and calling it “philanthropy” is extremely short-sighted and unfortunately, extremely pervasive.

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Nikki Powell

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