Weekly Reader – November 9, 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, November 9

Why Equality is actively harmful to Equity (Vu Le, Nonprofit with Balls) Equality and Equity are frequently brought up in our field, oftentimes with colorful metaphors like “Equality is making sure everyone gets a pair of shoes, but Equity is ensuring that everyone’s shoes actually fits them.”

Tuesday, November 10

Five Guidelines for Successful Funder Collaborations (Willa Seldon, Stanford Social Impact Review) Lessons from the Packard Foundation on how funders can effectively work together to amplify their resources and impact.

Wednesday, November 11

Is Your Company Encouraging Employees to Share What They Know? (Christopher Myers, Harvard Business Review) Analyst estimates suggest that the companies in the Fortune 500 lose a combined $31.5 billion per year from employees failing to share knowledge effectively.

Thursday, November 12

Girlbosses: Six Women in Our Family Step Up to Lead Our Social-Change Work (Suzanne Skees, Philanthrofiles) Exciting changes are happening within the Skees Family Foundation. We recently conducted a strategic plan, mission focus, and landscape analysis to help us begin to codify and specialize our evolving grantmaking strategy. This year, we’ve expanded our board of directors, welcoming 6 new women, all family members from across three generations.

Friday, November 13

A Look at Three States and the Role of Civic Participation Funders (Eric Marshall, Philantopic) Picture an America where democracy is vibrant because every eligible voter can exercise their right to have a voice in the decisions that affect their lives. Where policy makers at every level reflect the interests of the communities they lead, and justice and fairness rule the day.

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Nikki Powell

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