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Corporate donations to public schools are a poor substitute for government funding

Written by: Nick Faber

Date: February 01, 2018

Four years ago, the Saint Paul Federation of Teachers (SPFT), along with parents and community members, committed ourselves to ensuring that students in Saint Paul, particularly students of color, receive a quality education.  While we've made… Read More

Ways companies can be philanthropic without giving a dime

Written by: Janay Richmond

Date: January 18, 2018

Too many corporate philanthropies and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives are restricted in their ability to produce substantive change. And, corporations’ relentless pursuit of business success, and the consequential harm to people and places that resulted,… Read More

What does MLK have to teach us in philanthropy about campaign strategy and tactics?

Written by: Aaron Dorfman

Date: January 15, 2018

Are the teachings of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the great civil rights leader whose birthday we celebrate today, relevant in the current political climate? Absolutely. Last week, a prominent liberal opinion columnist for… Read More

Tips for deepening funder-grantee relationships in 2018

Written by: Jack Rome

Date: January 04, 2018

A new year means new goals, new hopes and sometimes, a revitalized sense of purpose. At the beginning of the year, it’s important to both reflect and move forward, understanding that now is the time to… Read More

What are some creative ways funders can show appreciation to their grantees this Thanksgiving season?

Written by: Jack Rome

Date: November 21, 2017

Last year at Thanksgiving, we asked NCRP staff: What are you thankful for in philanthropy this holiday season? While it is great to count our blessings and appreciate what we have, it’s also important to turn… Read More

To build healthy relationships with grantees, funders need to shift the power dynamics

Written by: Jennifer Choi

Date: October 20, 2017

Power dynamics are the most significant source of tension in building trust and healthy relationships for better place-based funding by national funders. It’s touchy and no one really wants to name it, but it’s true: It’s very… Read More


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