What is something you read, listened to, or watched this year (regardless of when it came out) that impacted the way you think about your work? We asked folks across the social sector for recommendations and were thrilled to see the incredible list they put together. Here’s what they said. What would you add? Comment below or tweet us.
These recommendations were provided by:
Recognizing Community Strengths and Expertise
by Mauricio L. Miller
Many charitable programs fail to recognize people’s hard work and talents. This book argues we should invest in people’s strengths rather than their weaknesses.
by Partners In Health
A new study says health system improvements initially can create misleading data, leading people to eliminate new programs or funding streams before they have a chance to succeed.
by Thousand Currents
This report lifts up solutions that have often been excluded from climate philanthropy yet have great potential for scaled impact on the climate crisis.
by the New York Times
A multimedia series marking 400 years since the forced arrival of enslaved Africans and reframing the country’s history, the consequences of slavery, and the contributions of Black Americans.
by Victoria W. Wolcott
This book tells the story of the battle for African Americans to access leisure space in cities all over the U.S.
Imagining a More Equitable Approach to Philanthropy
by Lift Economy podcast
In this podcast episode, Dana Kawaoka-Chen talks about the problematic roots of philanthropy and re-imagines a more values-aligned system.
Understanding Racism, Race, Ethnicity, and Culture
by Ta-Nehisi Coates
This selection of essays by Ta-Nehisi Coates explores the voices, ideas, and movements that emerged during the Obama era, including “The Case for Reparations” which argues that until the U.S. reckons with the compounding moral debts owed to Black Americans, the country will never be whole.
by Robin DiAngelo
This book examines the dynamics of how white people in North America respond to racial stress and how they might build capacity to work toward racial justice.
by Maria Morukian
This blog and podcast explores the intersections of identities and ways to build thriving teams, organizations, and communities through the lens of identity, culture, and equity.
Seeking Healing in Social Justice
by Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
This report shares how nonprofits, community advisors, and funders approach healing justice work, or resiliency and survival practices.
by Caitlin Breedlove
This podcast talks about how movements and justice seekers can find spiritual fortification, including the Season 3, Episode 10 conversation which explores healing justice and building movement culture.
by Vanessa Daniel
This blog post lays out six reasons women of color leading grassroots nonprofits are shut out of funding, and why this hurts all of us.
by Chicago Beyond
A guidebook to help community organizations, researchers, and funders reconsider the ways research has “always been done,” ask hard questions, unlock meaningful knowledge, and achieve greater impact.
paper by Megan Ming Francis
by The Fuller Systems Transformation Collaborative
This book lays out a vision and an actionable plan to help you navigate complex systems and seek sustainable solutions.
Thank you to everyone who shared their recommendations, and thanks to everyone who created these resources and contributed to conversations that strengthen our ability to make change.