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Philanthropic funders’ role in addressing the refugee crisis: A commentary by John Canady

June 22, 2022

The UK government recently announced plans to deport undocumented refugees to Rwanda as part of a controversial plan to tackle immigration. The United Kingdom’s hardline approach to the refugee crisis points to a polarized debate many countries are grappling with:... read more

It's time for philanthropy to invest in Black women: A commentary by Maria S. Johnson

June 19, 2022

Many of us are feeling disillusioned by the current state of affairs in the United States. This includes the rollback of reproductive rights, white supremacist mass shootings, rising costs for basic needs, and shortages of essential items like baby formula—which... read more

What support for teachers should look like in the post-COVID world: A commentary by Kevin Beckford

June 16, 2022

While Teacher Appreciation Week lasts just five school days in early May, teachers give their all day in, day out, to ensure that the next generation of learners succeed. Unfortunately, the journey of a teacher is not an easy one.... read more

Review: There’s Nothing Micro about a Billion Women

June 14, 2022

Despite the large number of financial transactions that take place on a daily basis, nearly a billion women around the world are still excluded from the financial system—and opportunities to gain financial independence. Ensuring equality of access to financial services... read more

To build a more peaceful, just, and equitable world: A Q&A with Alexandra I. Toma

June 13, 2022

Since 2013, Alexandra Toma has served as executive director of the Peace and Security Funders Group (PSFG), which connects and supports the global community of public, private, and operating foundations and individual philanthropists advancing peace and security efforts in order... read more

The path forward in the face of COVID-19 and anti-Asian hate: commentary by Jiny Kim

June 10, 2022

In bringing another Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month to a close, I am reminded that this is the third one we have celebrated amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Twenty-nine months ago, when the first reports of a new highly... read more

Thinking less about the job postings, more about the jobs: A column article by Amy Born

June 09, 2022

The Great Resignation. The Great Reshuffle. The Great Realignment. The Great and Terrible Oz. Whatever you call it, leaders are feeling it. Nothing is more important to an organization’s success than its people. My work with Leading Edge is all... read more

The mental healthcare system needs a dramatic intervention: A commentary by John MacPhee

June 08, 2022

The mental healthcare system in the United States needs a dramatic intervention. At best, our system is fragmented, siloed, and plagued by misaligned incentives that only deepen existing problems; at worst, critics might conclude that providing timely, effective mental health... read more

The sustainable nonprofit: Monthly donors require unique stewardship

June 06, 2022

Sustaining monthly giving has grown in popularity to become one of the most reliable income sources for nonprofit and higher education advancement organizations. A new study from M+R found that in 2021, revenue from monthly giving increased by 24 percent... read more

Fighting hate and racism, uplifiting our stories: A commentary by Anisha Singh

June 03, 2022

As our nation continues to grieve for the victims of the May 14 terrorist attack in Buffalo, New York, we once again find ourselves painfully reminded of the ever-present threat that white supremacy poses to marginalized communities in the United... read more

What grassroots activism means: A commentary by Priscilla Enriquez

June 02, 2022

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck the United States in early March 2020, the James B. McClatchy Foundation was in the midst of hosting roundtables to better understand our community in California’s Central Valley and the organizations serving it. While many... read more

The sustainable nonprofit: Three types of socially minded consumers

June 01, 2022

In a room packed with corporate marketing leaders and their respective brand marketing colleagues, I was up to talk about consumer interests and engagement in social issues. I opened with a key question: “How many of you think your consumers... read more

An interview with Manjusha P. Kulkarni, Executive Director, AAPI Equity Alliance

May 31, 2022

Manjusha P. Kulkarni has served since 2017 as executive director of the Los Angeles-based AAPI Equity Alliance (formerly the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council, A3PCON), a coalition of more than 40 community-based organizations working to improve the lives of... read more

A supportive and complementary approach to fiscal sponsorship: A commentary by E. Bomani Johnson

May 30, 2022

In 2017, the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity, in partnership with Race Forward and the Foundation Center, published an infographic showing that, despite population increases, annual foundation funding focused on people of color never exceeded 8.5 percent of total grantmaking... read more

Investing in BIPOC-led firms and nonprofits with more than a check: A commentary by James Wahls

May 28, 2022

With Black, Indigenous, and people of color-led businesses and nonprofits attracting increased public attention and large capital investments in recent years, do we still need additional initiatives? The short answer is yes. Society places the burden of success on entrepreneurs... read more

When are we going to show up for working moms?

May 27, 2022

Women are the center of our economy, care systems, and essential work—yet they aren’t at the center of our policies, programs, and pandemic recovery plans. Over the last two years, millions of women have been driven out of the workforce... read more

How impact investments can support economic development, community change, and corporate purpose: A commentary by Hallie Bradley and Allison Swagler

May 26, 2022

It is still relatively uncommon for corporate foundations in the United States to make impact investments, despite the fast growth of investments in sustainable strategies. At Alabama Power Foundation, the corporate foundation of Alabama’s largest public utility, we seek to... read more

The sustainable nonprofit: From transitional to transformative fundraising

May 25, 2022

While today’s modern healthcare organizations can be vastly different in size, specialties, and patient populations, they likely share similar beginnings rooted in transactional philanthropy. Under this model, hospitals rely on donors to provide the initial capital required to construct buildings... read more

Information for more impact: An interview with Kat Rosqueta, Executive Director, Center for High Impact Philanthropy and Candid Board Chair

May 23, 2022

In February 2022, Katherina “Kat” Rosqueta became board chair of Candid, the organization established in 2019 with the merger of Foundation Center and GuideStar, where she had also served as a trustee beginning in 2012. Rosqueta was integral to the... read more

Review: 'Upper Hand: The Future of Work for the Rest of Us'

May 20, 2022

It is anticipated that over the next decade, over 30 percent of the workforce in the United States will need to be retrained or change jobs due to shifts in technology and automation. With this impeding shift, much needs to... read more

The sustainable nonprofit: Two trends among high-net-worth donors

May 19, 2022

As the philanthropic landscape evolves, so to do the considerations and values of major donors. At Whittier Trust, our clientele comprises highly affluent individuals and families who are seeking, among other services, ways to align their wealth with their values... read more

Remembering Urvashi

May 17, 2022

On Monday, May 16, I woke up to the devastating news that Urvashi Vaid had died. A pioneering LGBTQ+ civil rights activist, she leaves behind organizations, books, networks, movements, and ideas that will continue to inspire for decades to come.... read more

Belonging and prosperity: A Q&A with Norman Chen, CEO, The Asian American Foundation

The Asian American Foundation (TAAF) was launched in May 2021—amid a rise in anti-Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) hate and violence—to help solve for the longstanding lack of investment provided to AAPI communities and to build the infrastructure needed... read more

Who is engaging, how, and on behalf of which social issues?: A commentary by Natalye Paquin

May 16, 2022

For nearly two and a half years, we’ve shared one collective experience around the world. And while most of us are ready to leave behind the years of fear, uncertainty, and loss, we should think twice before rushing to get... read more

Organize, mobilize, and train the most affected residents: A Q&A with Peggy Shepard, co-founder and executive director of WE ACT for Environmental Justice

May 13, 2022

Peggy Shepard is co-founder and executive director of WE ACT for Environmental Justice and has a long history of organizing and engaging Northern Manhattan residents in community-based planning and campaigns to address environmental protection and environmental health policy locally and... read more

How to support human rights, health, and well-being in Ukraine: A commentary by Christian De Vos

May 12, 2022

In its violent and unlawful invasion of Ukraine, Russia has launched indiscriminate attacks against civilians and the places where they gather, including hospitals, schools, and humanitarian corridors. Thousands of civilians, including children, have been killed and many more injured. Thousands... read more

Writing checks isn’t enough: A commentary by Jill Soffer

May 10, 2022

I am a climate philanthropist. I write checks to environmental nonprofits and sit on several boards. I grew up playing in the woods of western Massachusetts; now I hike the Rockies. Season by season I’m sadly witnessing the damage wrought... read more

The future of philanthropy: A commentary by Keith Leaphart

May 09, 2022

The concept of “philanthropy” has long been synonymous with large foundations, corporations, the wealthy, and black-tie galas and other big events. However, in recent years, I’ve been seeing an ongoing shift—a shift that is going to create a new era... read more

The sustainable nonprofit: Optimizing operations for community impact

May 06, 2022

The past two years have been defined by disruption, and for many individuals and organizations, the prospect of more change may be intimidating. In fact, half of respondents to a recent Innovation Process Design (IPD) survey of community foundations said... read more

The consequences of climate change: A commentary by Kathy Stevens

May 05, 2022

At Catskill Animal Sanctuary, we’re deeply connected to the 150 acres that have been our home for the past 21 years: warm pastures where contented cows sunbathe, ponds where ducks swim for hours, fields for horses to run and roll... 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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