Insights

The Gambrell Foundation Insights

Insights

In an effort to provide inspiration and resources to the community, our team likes to share books Sally is reading, stories from our community, and articles, papers, and videos that help shape our views and inform the way we work. We hope these insights spark creativity and increase effectiveness for fellow difference makers.

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Change by Design

Change By Design

How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation

by Tim Brown

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Dream Hoarders

Dream Hoarders

How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do About It


by Richard V. Reeves

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Becoming by Michelle Obama

"I’m an ordinary person who found herself on an extraordinary journey. In sharing my story, I hope to help create space for other stories and other voices, to widen the pathway for who belongs and why."

by Michelle Obama

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Factfulness

Factfulness: The stress-reducing habit of only carrying opinions for which you have strong supporting facts.

by Hans Rosling

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Meditation & Mindfulness

This is a book about meditation. But not as you know it. There's no chanting, no sitting cross-legged and no need for scented candles. Andy Puddicombe, Co-founder of Headspace, shows you how just ten minutes' meditation each day can change your life.

by Andy Puddicombe

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Bad Blood

The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the one-time multibillion-dollar biotech startup founded by Elizabeth Holmes—by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end.

by John Carreyrou

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Hillbilly Elegy

From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class.

by J.D. Vance

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The Moment of Lift

How Empowering Women Changes the World

by Melinda Gates

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Where Do We Go From Here

After decades of research, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., discovered a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset.

by Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Daring Greatly

A transformative new vision for the way we lead, love, work, parent, and educate that teaches us the power of vulnerability.

by Dr. Brené Brown

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Thought Leadership from Other Foundations

Ford Foundation

Ford Foundation

We admire the Ford Forum of With Four Freedoms, 
Four Responsibilities:

  • With Freedom of Speech, Responsibility to Listen
  • With Freedom of Belief, Responsibility to Accept
  • With Freedom from Want, Responsibility to Serve
  • With Freedom from Fear, Responsibility to Act
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The Lilly Endowment

The Lilly Endowment

We admire the Lilly Endowment’s grantmaking framework. 
“Our grantmaking is framed by two potentially contrasting convictions: that tradition is an important resource and that fundamental rethinking often is necessary to respond 
effectively to new challenges and circumstances.”

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W.K. Kellogg Foundation

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

We admire the mission of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to “support children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society.”

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Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

We have learned from The Four Filters used to determine what the foundation might support. “Is It important? Can we make an enduring difference? Is It measurable? And does it contribute to a portfolio effect?”

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Things That Make Us think

Is America Dreaming?

Understanding Social Mobility – Richard Reeves and Brookings Institution

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The Saguaro Seminar

The Saguaro Seminar

The Saguaro Seminar is a research initiative that brings together leading thinkers and practitioners to develop actionable ideas for civic renewal. In 2015, the Seminar launched the Closing the Opportunity Gap initiative. The initiative convened five working groups of roughly a dozen of the country’s leading experts in each of five areas: family and parenting, early childhood, K-12 education, community institutions, and “on-ramps,” like community college or apprenticeships. These non-partisan white papers distill the best evidence-based ideas for narrowing the opportunity gap.

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The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force Report

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force Report

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