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, September 12
A Revolutionary Way to Influence Year-End Philanthropy (Claire Axelrad, J.D., CFRE, Clarification: Philanthropy, Not Fundraising) You asked a bunch of folks to give a year ago. Some did. You thanked them. Once. Maybe twice. Now you want to ask them to give again this year. What’s wrong with this picture?
Tuesday, September 13
To Get on the Same Page as Grantees, Funders Must Play the Same Game (Jeff Kutash, Center for Effective Philanthropy) Let’s face it, we funders typically aren’t interested in, or good at, playing soccer. And nonprofits struggle to play football. So what do we do? I would argue that if we want to truly be partners with nonprofits, we have to be playing the same game — and it should be their game. Nonprofits work incredibly hard to serve people and communities. We should work just as hard to serve them — not the other way around.
Wednesday, September 14
Foundations Want You To Know They Make A Difference—Not Just Write Checks (Ben Paynter, Fast Company) “HOPE.” That’s the one-word message at the center of a new awareness campaign backed by 39 charitable groups in response to recent shooting deaths in places like Baton Rouge, St. Paul, and Dallas.
Thursday, September 15
GuideStar Issues New Nonprofit Compensation Report (Michael Wyland, Nonprofit Quarterly) It’s not bedtime reading. It’s 4,297 pages long and costs $374 to download a single-user copy in PDF. The 16th edition of the GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report analyzes Form 990 return information for 96,000 nonprofit organizations. Compensation information for 135,000 staff positions is aggregated by national, state, metropolitan statistical area, gender, and NTEE (National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities) classification.
Friday, September 16
How a New Generation of Business Leaders Views Philanthropy (Paula Goldman, Harvard Business Review) Andrew Carnegie’s advice in the 1889 essay “Wealth” was to spend the first part of your life getting as much education as possible, to spend the second part making all the money you could, and to spend the last part giving it all away for worthwhile causes.
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