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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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