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 26
Opinion … Ability To Deliver Services Is At Stake (Jatrice Martel Gaiter, The Nonprofit Times) Nonprofit leaders cannot afford to luxuriate as complacent, naïve supplicants in American politics. Elected officials and appropriation committee members control much of our funding and need to understand the immense scope and value of our work.
Tuesday, September 27
The Missing Link: Unlocking the Collaborative Potential of Fiscal Sponsorship (Ben Scheelk, The Nonprofit Quarterly) More than a million public charities are formally recognized by the IRS in the United States. Nearly three-quarters of these organizations report revenue of less than $500,000 per year, yet many have the same administrative and infrastructure costs as much larger organizations.
Wednesday, September 28
Donors Don’t Always Give to Causes They Care About Most (Rebecca Koenig, The Chronicle of Philanthropy) People sometimes don’t give their time or money to the issues that concern them the most, according to a new report from the Chicago Community Trust.
Thursday, September 29
On Race And Inequality, Philanthropy, has to “Get Woke’ (Robert Ross, Grantmakers for Girls of Color) Insights and feedback directly from the mouths of young people who face the hazards of structural inequality on a daily basis — community violence, underfunded schools, the lack of jobs and positive support structures — is the richest data source of all.
Friday, September 29
The email that changed everything (Alissa Hauser, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy) What if we took our jobs as not just grantmakers, but as application reviewers and, ultimately, “grant rejectors” to heart? The vast majority of groups who apply for foundation funding will not receive any funding at all, and the selection rate for the largest foundations can be miniscule. The Pollination Project, in contrast, hovers around 15 percent. What if we built our application systems with the needs of grantseekers in mind?
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