Weekly Reader – October 12, 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, October 12

The “Second Golden Age” of Philanthropy: Hype or Hope? (John Godfrey, Nonprofit Quarterly) “As philanthropy enters a second golden age, real social change is getting lost in the hype of market-based giving,” writes sociologist and author Linsey McGoey.

Tuesday, October 13

Do today’s philanthropists hurt more than they help? (Linsey McGoey, Fortune) re today’s philanthropists knowingly dispensing “false coins?” Are they trying to “pick up gratis the certificate of a charitable man?”

Wednesday, October 14

CEOs with Daughters Run More Socially Responsible Firms (Alison Beard, Harvard Business Review) Companies run by executives with female children rated higher on the measures of diversity, employee relations, and environmental stewardship.

Thursday, October 15

How Do the New Funders Think? Here’s a Good Example (Ade Adeniji, Inside Philanthropy) James Lee Sorenson and his wife Krista do things differently through their Sorenson Impact Foundation.

Friday, October 16

The myth destroying America: Why social mobility is beyond ordinary people’s control (Sean McElwee, Salon) Americans overwhelmingly believe they control their financial destinies, but a huge body of research says otherwise.

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Nikki Powell

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