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Bloomberg’s Billions: Philanthropy, Power and Politics

Written by: Elbert Garcia

Date: March 03, 2020

How does Michael Bloomberg’s philanthropy compare to that of other living donors? What percentage did he spend supporting social justice organizations and marginalized communities? What does his charitable giving say about he would run the country.… Read More

How can philanthropy build, share and wield power to create a more equitable world?

Written by: Jeanné Lewis

Date: February 26, 2020

Many of us are familiar with the Frederick Douglass quote “Power concedes nothing without demand…” But just before that famous line, Douglass uttered the following in his speech entitled “If There Is No Struggle, There Is… Read More

Donors need to do more than support candidates if they truly care about democracy

Written by: NCRP

Date: February 25, 2020

Donors who are about fostering democracy need to avoid making the "false choice" between supporting political candidates and grassroots civic engagement, NCRP President and CEO Aaron Dorfman noted in his latest column for Forbes. Dorfman wrote, "Many… Read More

Philanthropy must practice vulnerability to catalyze change

Written by: Eleni Refu

Date: February 21, 2020

In an age where social media pressures us to present a picture-perfect version of ourselves, it can be hard to remember that each of us have some source of vulnerability – that part of ourselves that… Read More

Give me your tired, your poor, no more? Philanthropy must respond in the face of xenophobia.

Written by: Stephanie Peng

Date: February 06, 2020

Anti-immigrant rhetoric has become all too common in the Trump era – most recently in this week’s State of the Union address. But it’s not all talk. Last week, on Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Supreme Court… Read More

3 Things small funders can do to turn racial equity rhetoric into reality

Written by: Ryan Schlegel

Date: February 04, 2020

It’s easy to forget, in a sector where Gateses, Fords, Lillys and Hewletts dominate the discourse, that most institutional philanthropies are small, leanly staffed, little-known foundations. In any given year, roughly a quarter of all U.S.… Read More


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