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BUILDing sustainable social justice partners: Ford Foundation

Written by: Lisa Ranghelli

Date: September 20, 2018

It was a significant moment when the Ford Foundation, which grants out more than $500 million annually, recently shifted its grantmaking priorities to focus entirely on inequality. Then came Ford’s Building Institutions and Networks (BUILD) initiative,… Read More

A chance to atone for bad strategy

Written by: Jeanné Isler

Date: September 18, 2018

A few years ago, after I’d carefully planned and marketed a webinar, one of our board members notified me that the date conflicted with Rosh Hashanah. A colleague working with me on the project advised me… Read More

Bringing Community into Decision-Making: Hyams Foundation

Written by: Lisa Ranghelli

Date: September 13, 2018

“By partnering with the organizations we fund, we have a unique opportunity to support transformative, community-based action to produce just and fair systems and processes. The urgency to fund this type of racial justice work is… Read More

Invest, democratize, organize! Building movements and community in the South

Written by: Jackie Cornejo

Date: September 11, 2018

Southern cities are growing – many at a much more rapid pace than the national average. According to the U.S. Census, eight out of the 15 cities with the largest population gains are in the South.… Read More

The elephant in the room: What’s missing from the recent public conversation about DAFs

Written by: Dan Petegorsky

Date: September 06, 2018

In a recent critique of commercial gift funds (sponsors of donor-advised funds affiliated with financial industry giants like Fidelity, Schwab and Vanguard), Drummond Pike suggests that “Anyone who thinks any of these institutions decided to start… Read More

Centering Equity in Education: William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund

Written by: Lisa Ranghelli

Date: August 28, 2018

Editor’s note: The following is a Power Moves toolkit case example. “All too often, equity is diluted or dumbed down as merely giving data greater attention. Head counts and tests scores are no substitute for the full sense… Read More


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