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'A new platform for funding collaborative research': A Q&A with Margaret Goldberg, President and CEO, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

November 30, 2021

The newly appointed president and CEO of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, Maggie Goldberg, has spent twenty years with the foundation, providing leadership, management, and vision to help establish the only national paralysis-focused organization centered around a dual mission... read more

Rethinking traditional models, committing to an equity lens: A commentary by Amy Klement

November 29, 2021

Leading with learning: How we’re reimagining philanthropic impact in 2022 and beyond For those who work in philanthropy, the chaos that began in early 2020 have propelled more much-needed critical introspection than the field has ever faced. The inequities laid... read more

The sustainable nonprofit: NGOs and nonprofits are easy targets for cybercrimes

November 22, 2021

It’s time or NGOs and nonprofits to tighten their cybersecurity standards “We do not attack health care, education, charitable organizations, [and] social services,” said a representative of LockBit 2.0 (a prominent cybercrime gang) in an interview with the Russian YouTube... read more

'Working with the wider community to support teachers': A commentary by Richard Bernstein

November 16, 2021

Nonprofits must step up to support teachers There is a nationwide teacher shortage. This is as catastrophic for today's youth as it is for society's future success. Not all the issues teachers face can be fixed instantaneously, but we must... read more

'Philanthropic capital must play a bigger role in driving the systems shift we need': A commentary by Leslie Johnston

November 13, 2021

All hands on deck: Philanthropy's extraordinary moment Pressure is on here in Glasgow. Governments are rebalancing commitments so that they are on the right trajectory for alignment with the 2015 Paris agreement's targets. Business and industry are stepping up to... read more

Addressing global hunger — the equity challenge of our lifetime: A commentary by Barron Segar

November 11, 2021

Why global food security is the equity challenge of our lifetime For more than half a century, the global food system operated with a singular mantra: Produce more food.  At the time of the Green Revolution in the 1950s, much... read more

'Grounded in anger and in love': A Q&A with Richard R. Buery, Jr., CEO, Robin Hood

November 09, 2021

Richard R. Buery, Jr. succeeded Wes Moore as CEO of New York City-based Robin Hood in September, after serving as CEO of Robin Hood's community partner Achievement First, a network of thirty-seven charter schools in New York, Connecticut, and Rhode... read more

An urgent wake-up call for global biodiversity: A commentary by Jim Angell and Lee Crockett

November 08, 2021

Preserving ocean biodiversity begins with sharks In 2014, the first and most comprehensive survey ever conducted of world shark populations concluded that, as a result of overfishing, habitat destruction, illegal trade, and climate change, 16 percent of the ocean's most... read more

A unique opportunity for governments and place-based funders: A commentary by Darius Graham

November 05, 2021

ARPA's $350 billion opportunity and what philanthropy can do In March 2021, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which provides $1.9 trillion in funds across federal, state, and local governments. The funding streams are numerous and... read more

'The greatest opportunity to develop jobs in a generation': An interview with Paula DiPerna, Special Advisor, CDP North America

November 03, 2021

Author Paula DiPerna is a strategic global environmental and philanthropic policy advisor who has consulted with numerous environmentally focused nonprofit organizations, including WorkingNation, with which she is collaborating on a report that examines green jobs potential and workforce needs. She... read more

The sustainable nonprofit: Post-pandemic fundraising

November 01, 2021

The 'virtual' reality of post-pandemic fundraising events: Suggestions for the future In spring 2020, like so many in the nonprofit fundraising space, the organization I then worked for refashioned our large-scale luncheon to a virtual experience. A year later, with... read more

'Elements of a strong and sustainable funder-grantee relationship': A commentary by Susan Olivo and Brad Turner

October 29, 2021

Building long-term partnerships with nonprofits to scale impact: Lessons from sustained funding relationships Every foundation wants a nonprofit partner that shares in and will deliver on its mission. Every nonprofit wants to engage a funder that is willing to collaborate... read more

Health justice and participatory democracy: An interview with Hanh Cao Yu, Chief Learning Officer, California Endowment

October 27, 2021

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, the California Endowment (TCE) had been working to move from Building Healthy Communities, its place-based initiative, to an effort that provides more flexible funding to the organizations and communities it works with to build... read more

Review: The American Experiment: Dialogues on a Dream

October 25, 2021

At seventy-two years old, David M. Rubenstein remains curious and keeps asking questions. The billionaire co-founder of the Carlyle Group, the world's third largest private equity firm, is curious about American history and how that history helps define what being... read more

As COVID persists, New York's youth need nonprofits now more than ever

October 22, 2021

This was not the "return-to-normal" back-to-school season many of us had hoped for. Remote learning and isolation for more than a year have left many students, especially the most vulnerable, behind. On average, K-12 students are now an estimated five... read more

The sustainable nonprofit: Amplifying and validating your message and mission

October 21, 2021

GivingTuesday, together In the face of global uncertainty and turmoil during the last eighteen months, many of us came together to find strength and solace in various forms of "community." Around the world, people wrote, logged in, and marched, connecting in... read more

'The ability to connect more deeply': A Q&A with Eric Pannese

October 19, 2021

Eric Pannese, senior vice president of product management and design for the giving platform Classy, has more than twenty years of experience in the technology sector. He joined Classy after two years at Medallia, a SaaS-based customer experience management platform,... read more

'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

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  • "[L]et me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is...fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance...."


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

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