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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

'Systems change work is intrinsic to creative youth development': A commentary by Daniel R. Lewis

August 09, 2021

Supporting creative youth development as systems change work In her recent blog post announcing $2.7 billion in commitments to equity-oriented nonprofits across the country, philanthropist MacKenzie Scott writes: "Arts and cultural institutions can strengthen communities by transforming spaces, fostering empathy,... read more

How nonprofits are navigating the real estate market in an almost-post-COVID-19 New York City

August 06, 2021

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the real estate landscape had always been a challenge for New York City nonprofits, with rent-related cost often being the second-largest expense of a nonprofit's budget and venue-dependent organizations allocating an even greater portion of their... read more

The Sustainable Nonprofit: 'A fundamental shift in the mindset of young Americans'

August 04, 2021

A mindset shift among young American nonprofit employees We've all seen people across the country and around the world struggling financially from the fallout of COVID-19. As our Cause and Social Influence researchers have continued to track young Americans' (ages... read more

'We have to rise up and do better': A commentary by Donita Volkwijn

August 02, 2021

Continuing the conversation: How philanthropy is changing how it talks about race In June 2020, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors responded to questions in the sector about how to begin difficult conversations in the workplace. Our response was meant to provide guidance... read more

The Sustainable Nonprofit: 'Transforming philanthropic events with digital platforms'

While many of us were hunkered down at home during the last eighteen months, the pandemic did not put an end to philanthropic activity. When organizations could not fundraise through their traditional channels like charitable walks and runs, dance competitions,... read more

'Philanthropy must have its own racial reckoning': A Q&A with Rashid Shabazz

July 30, 2021

Rashid Shabazz is the inaugural executive director of Critical Minded, a grantmaking and advocacy initiative founded in 2017 by the Ford and Nathan Cummings foundations to support cultural critics of color in the United States by building a cultural ecosystem... read more

'Now is the time for philanthropy to support today's brave movements for justice': A commentary by Jesenia A. Santana

July 28, 2021

Today's racial justice movements need protection — and funders must respond Like so many others across the country, members of Black Lives Matter Phoenix Metro have organized and participated in numerous protests and public calls for racial justice in the... read more

'We understood what it meant to be silenced, afraid, and vulnerable': A Q&A with Mónica Ramírez

July 26, 2021

Mónica Ramírez is an organizer, attorney, social entrepreneur, and founder and president of Justice for Migrant Women, whose work includes policy advocacy, civic and political engagement, public awareness and education campaigns, narrative shift initiatives, and multi-sector and multi-ethnic power-building collaborations.... read more

Private foundations and DAFs: Short-lived synergy?

July 22, 2021

When families and their advisors contemplate establishing a charitable vehicle, they often compare and contrast the advantages of private foundations and donor-advised funds (DAFs). However, for many donors, the best choice isn't either a private foundation or a DAF —... read more

[Review] 'Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future'

July 19, 2021

In her sobering yet captivating book, Under A White Sky: The Nature of the Future, Elizabeth Kolbert examines the ongoing human attempt to control nature, a vicious cycle that often results in the creation of more problems. A staff writer... read more

Twenty years after 9/11, still fighting the criminalization and dehumanization of our communities

July 15, 2021

On September 15, 2001, Balbir Singh Sodhi was planting flowers outside the gas station he owned in Mesa, Arizona, when Frank Silva Roque, a white Boeing aircraft mechanic, saw Sodhi's turban, a sign of his Sikh faith, and shot and... read more

[Review] 'How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need'

July 12, 2021

We are toast. Climate change is here, and things are not getting better. In the United States alone we are seeing unprecedented wildfires in California, mind-numbing heat in the Pacific Northwest, a mega-drought stretching from the Great Plains to the... read more

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