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, November 7
A Charity Offers Donors More Control Over Where Their Funds Go (Ann Carrns, The New York Times) As charities increasingly deal with donors who expect more control over how their money is spent, a large humanitarian relief organization has developed a new online tool to give supporters a bigger say.
Tuesday, November 8
Hey you amazing unicorns, we’re going to be OK (despite this election) (Vu Le, Nonprofit With Balls) My friends in the nonprofit sector. This has been a brutal, divisive, ugly, bitter election cycle, and I’m glad it is ending. It’s OK to feel horrible. But we’re going to be fine, because look around you, we’re awesome! Our sector, the nonprofit sector, has been the equalizer in the face of awful stuff happening in our world.
Wednesday, November 9
Bypassed: How Philanthropy Forgot About the White Working Class (David Callahan, Inside Philanthropy) If there’s one sure takeaway from the 2016 election, it’s that non-college-educated whites are furious at America’s cosmopolitan elite. And well they should be: The white working class has been decimated over the past few decades by economic shifts that elites of all stripes have either actively abetted or barely lifted a finger to challenge. Foundations and major donors share the blame for this dismal failure – tending either to ignore a white working class in crisis or bankroll policies that have exacerbated that crisis.
Thursday, November 10
Trump’s White House Victory Could Spell Money Woes for Charities (Megan O’Neil and Timothy Sandoval, The Chronicle of Philanthropy) Donald J. Trump’s stunning victory in the race for the White House, along with the Republican wins in the House and Senate, could lead to serious financial troubles for many nonprofits, experts say. They warn of steep cuts in federal support for nonprofits and a decrease in charitable giving that could persist if his policy proposals are adopted.
Friday, November 11
Efforts to Improve the Accuracy of Our Judgments and Forecasts (Luke Muehlhauser, Open Philanthropy Project) Our grantmaking decisions rely crucially on our uncertain, subjective judgments – about the quality of some body of evidence, about the capabilities of our grantees, about what will happen if we make a certain grant, about what will happen if we don’t make that grant, and so on.
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