Reading Roundup: Philanthropy – 6/13-20/11

I’ve been gearing up to offer consulting services to the non-profit, and especially philanthropic, sectors. I’m discovering a number of great blogs and other resources, and want to share what I’m finding with regular quick hit roundups.

Here are the most interesting posts I’ve found over the last week.

1) Getting to the Root of Social Change Philanthropy

Sonja Swift at Resource Generation.

In brief:

…the power dynamic inherent to philanthropy is something to be considered when we’re put in the position of making decisions about where money will be re-distributed in attempts to address the far-reaching effects of capitalism gone astray. One reliable means of addressing this dynamic is by bridging a grounded community voice with the board’s birds-eye view of the issues.

2) The New Social Economy

Lucy Bernholz at Philanthropy 2173

In brief: In a speech to new Stanford graduates, political philosopher Rob Reich outlines innovations blurring lines between private, public and philanthropic sectors, noting both the promise and potential peril of this trend.  Example: is poverty reduction an opportunity for profit-making?

3) It’s 2011… Do You Know Where Your Foundation Is?

Mark Carpenter at Re:Philanthropy

In brief: When they avoid using social media, foundations are missing out on conversations about their organizations and the programs they support.  Adopting social media takes a mindset change. “You must be willing to give up control, listen and share, seek advice and help from others, be consistent with your strategy, and not be rigid.”

Also at Re:Philanthropy: Six Tips for Foundations to Engage Their Audiences with Social Media, Sophia Guevara.

4) Litigation: an under-funded strategy to achieve lasting change

Aaron Dorfman at National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy.

In brief: Dorfman argues that foundations should consider supporting more litigation to effect change, using the Rosenberg’s Foundation’s support of Dukes v. Wal-Mart as an example.

5) Crowdfunding allows everyone to be an arts patron

Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun

In brief: Solid Kickstarter stats: 20,000 campaigns to date, 8,500+ have reached their fundraising goals. $60 million has flowed through Kickstarter

6) Collective Intelligence in Philanthropy

Eugene Eric Kim at Tactical Philanthropy

In brief: “[Foundations] need to think of themselves as movers of knowledge instead of movers of money.”

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