Weekend Reading


We Need More Checkbook Philanthropy
Rick Moyers, Center for Effective Philanthropy

While the shift of many foundations toward strategic philanthropy has been a positive trend for the field, there’s no one-size-fits-all, silver bullet approach for maximizing impact. Like for-profit enterprises, healthy and sustainable nonprofit organizations need a variety of investors — some who support innovation and push the envelope on strategy, and some who are willing to “buy shares” in the good work already being done.

Yes, foundations serve a broader purpose than simply giving money to nonprofits and should be clear about strategy and intended impact. But in a sector in which organizations are chronically starved for capital to support their core operations, there’s also a need for funders who just write checks.

Systems Change—Big or Small?
Odin Mühlenbein, SSIR

To tap the full potential of a systems change approach, we should not limit our thinking to large, transformational changes. We should also include smaller, more targeted changes.

New Site Seeks to Make It Easier for Giving Circles to Blossom
Heather Joslyn, The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Giving circles — groups of donors who pool their money and decide together where it should be donated — number more than 1,000 in the United States, according to the Collective Giving Research Group, and they awarded nearly $28 million in 2016, the most recent year for which data is available. But they face many obstacles.

Israel’s Social Business Sector is Going Mainstream and Offering New Philanthropic Opportunities
Allan (Chanoch) Barkat, eJewish Philanthropy

NECHAMA Lands in Puerto Rico

Podcast: The Impact Millennials Will Have on Philanthropy
Business of Giving podcast, featuring Sharna Goldseker and Michael Moody, authors of Generation Impact

Two Communities: One Destiny (?)
Steven Windmueller, eJewish Philanthropy

The Philanthropy Outlook 2018 & 2019

The Platform Is Not the Practice: 21st Century Faith
Melissa Spas, Insights

Foundation Salaries Vary Widely, Study Finds
Alex Daniels, The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Talking Politics
Kevin Bolduc, Center for Effective Philanthropy

The Foundation Review, Issue 4

Responsive Philanthropy, Winter 2018

Keeping It Real
Kesha Cash & Melissa Plotsky, SSIR

Book preview: “Unicorns Unite: How Nonprofits and Foundations Can Build Epic Partnerships”
Vu Le, Nonprofit AF

Jewish Life in DC: A New Community Study
eJewish Philanthropy

Portrait of Bay Area Jewish Life depicts one of America’s most diverse Jewish Populations
eJewish Philanthropy

Shabbat shalom and have a great weekend.