New and Noteworthy

quote1 …learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. quote1
–Peter Drucker

Here’s what we’ve been reading and watching over the past few weeks.

Funding for Outcomes

Susan Wolf Ditkoff, Stanford Social Innovation Review, December 6, 2013
“Mario Marino, author of Leap of Reason, discusses funder pitfalls in setting and measuring goals for grantees.”

Slow Ideas

Atul Gawande, The New Yorker, July 29, 2013
A fascinating article on why it takes high-touch, person-to-person approaches to change long-held attitudes and long-standing practices.

“Reports and Lessons From the First 10 Years”

Bill Ryan and Barbara Taylor, Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, September, 2013
A highly readable report on how the Clark Foundation supports its grantees to improve their performance and how the foundation assesses its own performance.

“When Good Isn’t Good Enough”

Bill Shore, Darell Hammond, and Amy Celep, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Fall 2013
An instructive account of the parallel journeys of Share Our Strength and KaBOOM! toward system-level impact, which we’ve watched with admiration over the years.

If We Want Our Funding to Change the World

Donors Forum, March 12, 2013
A short video highlighting the importance of the level of funding nonprofits need to make a significant impact.