Weekly Reader June 17, 2013

Top reads we’re recommending this week:

Grant Makers Open Up About Failed Projects in Hopes Others Can Learn From Them (Chronicle of Philanthropy; subscription required)

[T]he foundation’s grant making was not as well coordinated as it should have been, that grant-making priorities were unclear, and that the scattershot approach undercut the potential of the overall effort.

When Doing Good Isn’t Good Enough (Huffington Post)

Money, it turns out, is a lot like light: warm and comforting in its most diffuse state, but powerful as a laser beam when properly focused.

Grants to Rural CDCs Rise Slightly (Daily Yonder)

Foundation grants to some of the nation’s most highly regarded rural community development corporations grew significantly in the years following a U.S. senator’s 2006 call for the nation’s philanthropies to do a better job in rural America.

Rural Philanthropy: Beyond Grantmaking (Nonprofit Quarterly)

Noting our work documenting the decreasing appetite of national funders for rural grantmaking, Rose says that rural philanthropy has to take on functions that are “beyond money.”