Weekly Reader – January 2, 2018

What we’re reading and recommending this week. We add to this post throughout the week and look for your suggestions in the comments.

Tuesday, January 2

The Delusional Philanthropist (Kris Putnam-Walkerly, Forbes) Everyone who gives away money or makes a social investment wants to feel like they are doing good. After all, that’s the basis of philanthropy.

Wednesday, January 3

2017 Was a Banner Year, With 3 Gifts of $1 Billion or More (Maria Di Mento, The Chronicle of Philanthropy) It was a banner year for big gifts in 2017, with three donations of $1 billion or more, helping to make it the strongest year for giving in the past decade, according to Chronicle data.

Thursday, January 4

SDG Podcast: Equity in Philanthropy (San Diego Grantmakers) In the third episode of the San Diego Grantmakers podcast, SDG President & CEO Nancy Jamison is joined by staff members Megan Thomas and Annie VanDan to discuss the importance of incorporating equity in philanthropy and how the SDG organization is doing so through trainings and programs.

Friday, January 5

Thoughts on ‘As the South Grows’ (Philanthropy News Digest, Allen Smart) While more philanthropy might seem to be the answer, what the South needs is more AND better philanthropy.


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Leah Farmer

Leah Farmer is PEAK Grantmaking's marketing coordinator and focuses on providing marketing tools and resources to our members. She assists in writing for and producing PEAK Grantmaking's website and publications and developing outreach campaigns to raise awareness of our brand.