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 19
What’s Really Going On in Your State’s Charity Office? Urban Institute’s Analysis an Important New Resource (Ruth McCambridge, Nonprofit Quarterly) the Urban Institute has published a new study called State Regulation and Enforcement in the Charitable Sector, which looks at the size, shape, and activities of individual states’ charity regulation efforts.
Tuesday, September 20
It’s Not Foundation Money but Culture and Talent That Can Change the World (Rachel Mosher-Williams, Sara Brenner, and Amy Celep, The Chronicle of Philanthropy) At first blush, organizational culture may not sound like a big barrier to large-scale breakthroughs. Solving major social problems would seem to depend primarily on money, influence, and widespread shifts in norms or attitudes.
Wednesday, September 21
Breaking Down the Data on Evaluation (Ellie Buteau, PhD., Center for Effective Philanthropy) For any foundation staff member with questions about the decisions their foundation has made or will make when it comes to evaluation work, this report provides a wealth of information. Our hope is that foundations will use our research as a resource when reflecting on their own practices, and learn from what their colleagues are doing and learning in their work to determine the evaluation structures and processes that best align with their own foundation’s mission.
Thursday, September 22
Study: Compliance Weighs Heavily On Executives (Andy Segedin, The Nonprofit Times) Multiple funding streams, incoming regulations and increased efforts needed in compliance have finance professionals in the nonprofit sector stressed and confused.
Friday, September 23
Foundation Evaluation Practices Evolving, Study Finds (Philanthropy News Digest) Looking to the future, evaluation staff expressed hope that foundations would become more strategic in the way they plan for and design evaluations, more proactive about using evaluation data in decision making and to improve practice, and more transparent about and willing to share their evaluation findings with external audiences.
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