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, July 11
Whatever you’re feeling is OK, and the work you do is important. (Vu Le, Nonprofit with Balls) The events of the past few days are horrific, and many of us get into this line of work because we are empathetic by nature. That means that often we will feel things acutely and also absorb others’ emotions like a sponge. In light of all this, we should take a moment to acknowledge these things:
Tuesday, July 12
8 Things Done By Resilient Leaders (The Nonprofit Times) Many people outside the executive office might not be aware of this, but good leaders know that they have to be resilient. Speaking during the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) International Fundraising Conference, Nigel Harris, chief executive officer of the Mater Foundation in Australia, gave his look at what resilient leaders do.
Wednesday, July 13
Leadership, Loss, and Legacy (Kyle Caldwell, The Johnson Center) The early summer days of 2016 have marked some poignant losses for our nation, our field, and our communities. Yet, in a somewhat destined way, the departures of leaders and innocent lives from our midst have also demonstrated the purpose and power of philanthropy.
Thursday, July 14
Through A Glass Darkly: How Transparent Should Foundations Be? (Megan Tompkins-Stange, The Center for Effective Philanthropy) Foundations have long faced calls for greater transparency and accountability, and have responded with mechanisms including annual reports and searchable grants databases. In the last 40 years, however, foundations have rarely been challenged on this issue, and as a result, are in a double bind as they fundamentally aim to engage deeply and shape policy discourse, but remain shielded from greater democratic input or even disclosure of internal deliberations.
Friday, July 15
How the Nonprofit Sector Can Share What We Learn and Why We Should (Gabiriela Fitz and Lisa Brooks, Beth’s Blog) Sharing is in the air right now. The IRS just made 990s machine readable. Over at Creative Commons, they have developed a new strategic vision and plan, encapsulated in a video, whose key message is “When we share, everyone wins.” In January Guidestar unveiled a platform intended to help institutions tell their story and win more supporters by sharing more information. So we are hopeful this is a trend.
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