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'Tips for rapid grantmaking during a global pandemic': A commentary by Sierra Fox-Woods

October 18, 2021

Five tips for rapid grantmaking during a global pandemic: Lessons learned supporting adolescent mental health organizations during COVID-19 In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and the widespread losses people have suffered — of loved ones, jobs, safety, and a... read more

Building better futures for young refugees through education

October 14, 2021

The emergency evacuation that recently unfolded in Afghanistan once again placed a spotlight on the plight of the world's refugees. It is a recurring crisis. In fact, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees estimates that of the 82.4 million... read more

[Review] How We Give Now: A Philanthropic Guide for the Rest of Us

Every day, we give. In many, many ways. Though we might not realize it, we are constantly giving our time, our money, and, as Lucy Bernholz, senior research scholar at Stanford University's Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS), reminds... read more

How do we ensure that the largest transfer of generational wealth in history will be put to charitable use?

October 12, 2021

For the past seven years, I have had the incredible privilege of running my family's foundation. Spending my working hours leading a team that makes decisions about how to give away funding, I am in the unique position of seeing... read more

'It's not enough to just approach giving through a racial equity lens': A commentary by Edgar Villanueva

October 11, 2021

For philanthropy, racial equity isn't enough: Why we've moved to redistribution to address the racial wealth gap: The past few years have seen a radical shift in philanthropy, a shift that was further fueled by George Floyd's murder, the 2020... read more

Invest in your operations teams to drive your mission forward

October 08, 2021

Like many sectors, nonprofit and philanthropic organizations have experienced a tidal wave of changes, adjustments, and challenges over the course of the pandemic. The need to direct funding toward efforts to meet emerging community needs, combined with the movement to... read more

'Philanthropy can be just as imperialistic as government': A commentary by AJ Dahiya

October 06, 2021

What philanthropy can learn from Afghanistan: I recently read the report of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, What We Need to Learn: Lessons from 20 Years of Afghanistan Reconstruction to try to understand how the investment of $145... read more

'The world must not turn its back': A commentary by John Canady

September 30, 2021

Three ways funders can protect Afghan girls' rights and access to education: In 2012, a 15-year-old Pakistani girl was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman as she defended girls' rights to an education. Malala Yousafzai's story shocked the... read more

[Review] Equity: How to Design Organizations Where Everyone Thrives

September 27, 2021

Brevity and Wit, author Minal Bopaiah's strategy and design firm, could also be a good description of the way in which Bopaiah addresses the complicated concepts in her book, Equity: How to Design Organizations Where Everyone Thrives. In six short... read more

'Funding diverse, equitable, and inclusive youth fellowships': A commentary by Rachele Tardi and Zachary Turk

September 23, 2021

The time is now: Funding diverse, equitable, and inclusive youth fellowships In 2017, Open Society Foundations launched a global Community Youth Fellowship Program — a collaborative grantmaking initiative focused on engaging young people as individual grantees through a diversity, equity,... read more

'Building political power at a grassroots level': A Q&A with Romilda Avila, CEO, Tides Advocacy

September 22, 2021

Romilda Avila is CEO of Tides Advocacy (formerly the Advocacy Fund), a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization working with a network of fiscally sponsored 501(c)(4) projects and funds to strengthen political infrastructure and support power building and policy reform led by those... read more

The sustainable nonprofit: The community a nonprofit builds

September 20, 2021

Nurturing a community for the greatest impact Whenever I ask a nonprofit fundraiser or board member about their organization's impact, I know what kind of response I'm going to get. I'll hear about how many people they've served or the... read more

Sustainable support for Haiti's local food system: A commentary by Frank Giustra

September 14, 2021

Without long-term investment, food aid for Haiti risks being a Band-Aid The aftershocks of the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on August 14 are not only being felt by those nearest the epicenter. The latest disaster not only has left... read more

'The best way to assist families with dignity and grace is to give them direct financial assistance': A Q&A with Allison Lutnick, Director of Disaster Relief Operations, Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund

September 13, 2021

On September 11, 2001, 658 Cantor Fitzgerald and sixty-one Eurobrokers employees lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund was founded on September 14 with a $1 million personal donation from... read more

[Review] The Post-Pandemic Nonprofit: 12 Disruptive Trends Your Nonprofit Must Master

September 10, 2021

The last eighteen months have seen dramatic and — not to wear out a word we've all seen too much of as of late — "unprecedented" change across all industries of the global economy. The United States is no exception,... read more

'A roadmap for how to respond to and provide funding for addressing collective traumas': A commentary by Stephanie Berkowitz

September 09, 2021

Twenty years after 9/11: Prioritizing trauma-informed mental health care Twenty years after the September 11 attacks, lessons from that experience continue to inform the most effective ways to provide mental health support to individuals, families, and communities in crisis. At... read more

'What happens when funders don't center community voice in decision making': A commentary by Hannah Lee

September 07, 2021

It's time for philanthropy to trust and listen better to grantee partners When Ralph Hoagland, the founder of CVS, recruited three hundred of his neighbors from the wealthy, liberal, and largely white Boston suburbs to donate to the Fund for... read more

'We have to infuse equity into every part of the system': A Q&A with Priti Krishtel

September 02, 2021

Priti Krishtel is a health justice lawyer who has spent nearly two decades exposing structural inequities that limit access to medicines and vaccines across the Global South and the United States. She is the co-founder and co-executive director of I-MAK... read more

'Step up, think big, and support capacity building': A commentary by Kevin Brege

September 01, 2021

Supporting social innovation from the grassroots up: Insights for fostering breakthroughs Social impact organizations and nonprofits around the globe fight tirelessly to make the world a better place. Their teams are connecting with their communities, building coalitions, and coming up... read more

How software can amplify organizations serving adults with disabilities

August 30, 2021

In the United States, adults with disabilities account for roughly sixty-one million people. This means that around 26 percent of our population is in need of supplemental assistance, such as being driven to work, getting help with grocery shopping, or... read more

Three simple ways for funders to make their rural work authentic

August 26, 2021

I have been there. The visit from the big city or national funder. The awkward conversations with the visitors that want to get the best shrimp and grits or crawfish. And the never-ending sense that you are selling something that,... read more

[Review] Philanthropic Foundations in International Development: Rockefeller, Ford and Gates

August 24, 2021

American foundations have shaped the world we live in. It's an extraordinary feat considering that the combined giving of all U.S. foundations in 2020 was only about $75 billion — a drop in the bucket compared with the U.S. economy's... read more

'Accelerating a cultural shift toward justice': A commentary by Favianna Rodriguez

August 23, 2021

The roots that grow the cultural field we need today Earlier this summer, Mackenzie Scott made a massive $2.7 billion investment in support of 286 organizations working to spark change and empower individuals. My organization, the Center for Cultural Power,... read more

As endowments rise and billionaires gain wealth, the world’s poor see little relief

August 19, 2021

As COVID-19 reversed decades of global progress on ending extreme inequality, the world's wealthiest recorded record financial gains. Billionaires across the globe — collectively worth more than 13 trillion dollars — saw their wealth increase by $5.2 billion U.S. dollars... read more

'Toward sharing, ceding, and building political, economic, social, and cultural power': A Q&A with Cheryl Dorsey

August 18, 2021

Cheryl Dorsey has served as president of Echoing Green since 2002, after having received an Echoing Green Fellowship a decade earlier to help launch the Family Van, a community-based mobile health unit in Boston. In the interim, she served as... read more

The Sustainable Nonprofit: 'Lessons from a successful merger'

August 17, 2021

How nonprofit mergers can energize donors and accelerate progress While nonprofit and for-profit organizations differ in that nonprofits are mission-driven and for-profits are profit-driven, both seek to provide value to their constituents or customers, so it's critical to maximize efficiencies... read more

Unpaid internships and the pipeline of privilege: A commentary by Kyra Kyles

August 16, 2021

Ending the pipeline of privilege: Why unpaid internships perpetuate inequities Though the days of the coffee-fetching, fax-sending, thumb-twiddling intern are all but over, there is one vestige of the "first rite" of career passage that is stubbornly stuck in the... read more

Hiring a nonprofit CEO in a mid-COVID environment

August 13, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts have proven to be incredibly challenging for businesses and nonprofits alike. Many have had to adapt and change their processes and procedures to accommodate social-distancing and other public health measures, and others have had... read more

MyCareer@PND: Four trends shaping the post-COVID recruiting and hiring experience

August 11, 2021

Post-COVID-19 trends shaping the recruiting and hiring experience As with just about every aspect of life, the world of executive recruiting has evolved at rapid pace over the last year and a half. Now that we're moving into what may... read more

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    — Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd president of the United States

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