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Curated Reads: Trendsetters March 2024

Michelle Fifis
Community Manager
Community Manager
Community Manager, Pledge 1%

Welcome to Trendsetters, our community series curating diverse, thought-provoking social impact content.


What social impact content has recently sparked your interest, and how can these insights be applied or adapted in your workplace? Share your reflections in the comments below.


📖 Read: The Future of Philanthropy Is Trust-Based


The trust-based philanthropy movement has rapidly expanded, yet fundamental misconceptions remain regarding its approach and vision for a fairer, more democratic society. This supplement clarifies the true essence of a trust-based approach, its critical role in philanthropy, and the potential outcomes if more funders adopt it. Sponsored by the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project.

🎙 Listen: Introducing The Social Impact Leader Podcast


"The Social Impact Leader," hosted on NPR, delves into the vibrant world of social entrepreneurship with Jeff Shinabarger, founder of Plywood People, bestselling author, and seasoned mentor to numerous startup leaders. Tune in to gain insights from change-makers across various fields, including business, sports, activism, and entertainment, as Jeff interviews pioneers shaping the future.

📖 Read: Corporate Advocacy in a Time of Social Outrage


This series was recently shared by our VP of Member Impact, @Alicia_Schmidt, which highlights how companies can create a culture of open dialogue and ethical transparency by involving employees in prioritization processes and creating a culture where social issues are regularly discussed, ethics are integral to work, and the human impact of decisions is considered.

📖 Read: Nonprofits Are Bracing But Unprepared For 2024 Election, Report Finds


This article discusses the difficulties nonprofits face amid rapid political shifts, especially with the upcoming 2024 presidential election posing risks to their financial stability and advocacy efforts. Additionally, it suggests that increased polarization and burnout could force nonprofits into a defensive posture, diverting them from their primary objectives. As social impact program leaders, what can be done to support nonprofits during these times? 

We look forward to reading your thoughts on these resources!


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