Weekly Reader May 20, 2013

Top reads we’re recommending this week:

Innovation Is Key To The Success of 21st Century Philanthropy  (Forbes)

This week, the Rockefeller Foundation celebrates its 100th birthday. Notably, the organization has named innovation as the key component for its philanthropy in the next century.

How Data Can Help Create Better Communities: A Re-Cap (Glasspockets Blog)

Data is everywhere these days, spilling out over the sides of its containers, and busting out at every seam. The world is literally teeming with it. At the BayNet Libraries Annual Meeting, we learned from Dr. Jonathan Reichental, why this is: “We are grappling with the volume of data in the world because we now collect the same amount of data every three days as we did throughout the entire year in 2003.” This was just one thing I learned from Dr. Reichental’s talk “How Data Can Help Create Better Communities.”

Women: Living Philanthropy (Huffington Post)

Paternalistic politics needs to sit up and take notice. Women now control more than half the private wealth in the U.S. Their voices cannot be ignored because of it. One of the areas in which women’s impact is being felt in particular is philanthropy, a fortunate fact for our global future.

Micro-Philanthropy: 10 Ways You Can Change the World with a Dollar (CommonFlame.org)

What difference can you make with a single dollar? Can anything be gained with a few measly coins? Is there any value in de minimis giving? These are the questions Google is asking with their app One Today.

The concept is simple. Through One Today you are invited to contribute a dollar each day to a worthy cause. One Today displays a range of selections and provides details about each charity. Over time the app will personalize the experience based on the favorite organizations you have chosen to support. In theory you could discover and assist hundreds of different nonprofits each year.

‘Seize the moment’ philanthropy (haste doesn’t make waste) (Alliance Magazine)

An unstable political situation and constant violations of human rights is a fertile atmosphere for emergency situations to arise, but also offers an opportunity for responsible philanthropists to act and react. Most readers would agree probably that the most important components of philanthropy and grantmaking support are to be alert, to be timely, to be aware of context and to make sure you address the real needs of people on the ground.

And from Grants Managers Network:

Big Data Barges In (PDF) (GMNsight journal Spring 2013)

GMN member Elizabeth Hartig (The Chicago Foundatio for Women) covers a recent example of how Big Data barges in on privacy and the concerns of tech and business leaders that grants managers should share when analyzing large data sets.


Nikki Powell

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