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Weekly Reader – January 4, 2015

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 4

5 powerful ideas for global impact from social entrepreneurs (World Economic Forum) All of us wish to feel a sense of purpose in our careers and make a meaningful contribution to society, but it can be hard to know where to start. Social entrepreneurs offer a fascinating model. They combine compassion and business acumen to scale solutions that are needed now more than ever.

Tuesday, January 5

Make Your Work Resolutions Stick (Rebecca Knight, Harvard Business Review) Many people have resolutions on the brain during this time of year. But it’s one thing to set goals — network more, learn to meditate, or get better at writing — and quite another to actually accomplish them. What are the right kinds of resolutions to make? How do you stay motivated? How do you turn your intentions into reality?

Wednesday, January 6

ICYMI – 6 Ways to Champion Change From the Inside Out (Ruth Masterson, Exponent Philanthropy) Do you want to catalyze change at your foundation? Perhaps you want to improve board dynamics, refine your mission, or implement new technology. Many forces can initiate change, and here we explore how your fellow trustees and staff champion change successfully from the inside out.

Thursday, January 7

Boost Your Impact: 3 Techniques to Pack a Punch (Kris Putnam-Walkerly, Philanthropy411) If there is a universal desire among funders, I believe it is to increase the impact of their grantmaking. Fortunately, a few smart grantmaking techniques can increase the likelihood of doing so. Better yet, by employing these techniques you can help increase the impact of other funders and organizations.

Friday, January 8

Introduction to Open and Effective Grantmaking (The GovLab) Grantmaking, in short, plays a vital role in helping our government, our researchers, and our communities confront 21st-century challenges. Yet we still have a decidedly 20th-century system in place for deciding how we make these billions of dollars of crucial investments.


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Nikki Powell

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