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Sharing power, getting results: engaging community in foundation decision-making

June 22, 2020

We are living in a singular moment, one with little precedent. A global pandemic followed by an economic recession followed by nationwide protests against police misconduct and systemic racism — all of it occurring in the span of a few... Read more

We need more than COVID charity; it’s time for systems change

June 16, 2020

Too many people in our home state of North Carolina are struggling to survive as COVID-19 wreaks havoc on their health, financial stability, schools, and communities. As the pandemic rages on, we also see thousands of residents protesting George Floyd’s... Read more

Foundations step up funding for COVID-19 response efforts (May 16-June 15, 2020)

June 14, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to disrupt life in the United States and around the globe, private foundations are stepping up with funding to meet the immediate needs of individuals and vulnerable populations impacted by the virus. Here's a roundup of grants... Read more

"I Am Tired...The Pandemic of Racism Must End"

June 08, 2020

Over the past week, civil unrest has gripped the nation. Much of it was sparked by the unwarranted and senseless murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis by a police officer who held his knee on Mr. Floyd's neck for almost... Read more

A good RFP attracts better partners for your project

June 05, 2020

When thinking about what your organization should do to adjust to the "new normal," you may need a partner who can help you reimagine your mission and vision and develop a strategy. The partner may be a branding agency, a... Read more

The power of diverse boards: an argument for change

June 04, 2020

We have a lot of work to do. Most of us have known this for some time, but the events of the last few weeks highlight just how much work remains to be done. The fight for diversity, equity, and... Read more

Maintaining a consistent fundraising stream: lessons learned from COVID-19

June 01, 2020

Over the last few months, the staff at Valleywise Health Foundation has witnessed astounding levels of empathy and generosity directed toward healthcare workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic in Maricopa County. Many nonprofits and public charities are hurting... Read more

Building the Expertise of the Next Generation of Philanthropic Leaders Through Competitive Evaluation

May 29, 2020

In philanthropy, more often than not, those seeking funding are engaged in a competition — even when the process is not explicitly categorized that way. A well-designed, well-run philanthropic competition creates value for all parties, from the clear benefit of... Read more

Uniting to Protect and Empower Women Is Everyone's Responsibility

May 28, 2020

Imagine cowering in fear from the person you once trusted more than any other. This is the reality for the one in three women globally who will be beaten, raped, or otherwise abused in their lifetimes. In the United States,... Read more

The Forgotten Sector?

May 27, 2020

All nonprofit organizations, large or small, have one thing in common — they exist to provide a public benefit. Although smaller nonprofits, defined provisionally as having five hundred employees or fewer, have been able to take advantage of government lending... Read more

Corporations Ramp Up Support for COVID-19 Response Efforts (May 1-15, 2020)

May 24, 2020

As COVID-19 spreads globally and in the United States, corporations and their foundations are stepping up with funding to meet the needs of individuals and vulnerable populations impacted by the virus. The roundup below captures some of the corporate activity... Read more

Support Children and Youth to Prevent the Next Pandemic

May 21, 2020

As doctors and nurses struggle to cope with the impacts of SARS-CoV-2, scientists are racing to develop a vaccine that will stop the virus in its tracks and prevent further harm to people's health and livelihoods. Their efforts are a... Read more

The Solution for Saving Mom-and-Pop Businesses

May 18, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the U.S. economy, leaving every community facing tremendous uncertainty. One thing is clear, however: low- and moderate-income communities and the small businesses they support will suffer the most if we do not move quickly to... Read more

Foundations Step Up Funding for COVID-19 Response Efforts (May 1-15, 2020)

May 17, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to disrupt life in the United States and around the globe, private foundations are stepping up with funding to meet the immediate needs of individuals and vulnerable populations impacted by the virus. Here's a roundup of grants... Read more

The Reinvention of the Nonprofit

May 14, 2020

Like many of you, I've learned new ways of doing things over the last month and half. For instance, I have: participated in a virtual board meeting with a nonprofit that, pre-pandemic, would not allow board members to call in... 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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