Keeping a close eye on philanthropy

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Philanthropy must exclusively support causes that indicate a love of humanity

Written by: Dr. Abbas Barzegar , Zainab Arain

Date: May 30, 2019

Philanthropy possesses a checkered history. It is simultaneously responsible for developing some of our country’s greatest public resources while also leaving marginalized communities in the dark. At its worst, philanthropy has supported causes that poison our… Read More

Can we build equity in the “gap”?

Written by: Lauren Beriont, Leah Josephson, Mary Mattson

Date: May 09, 2019

As social impact and nonprofit consultants, we get to work in the gap – where we’re able to leverage social change from inside and outside of nonprofit and philanthropic institutions. But this positionality presents its challenges:… Read More

U.S. maternal mortality points to institutional racism. Is philanthropy listening to Black women?

Written by: Nichia McFarlane

Date: April 23, 2019

Every year, 700-900 women die of pregnancy related causes in the U.S., one of the worst maternal mortality rates among developed countries. A closer look shows racial disparities carry the statistic: Black women are 3 to… Read More

The Notre Dame fire has a lesson for philanthropy

Written by: Jeanné Lewis

Date: April 18, 2019

Lent is one of my favorite times of the year. For many people, it’s about giving up something they like, but the purpose of going without is to give more to those in need. It is… Read More

It’s time to turn toward the Heartland

Written by: Scott Nielsen

Date: April 09, 2019

Since the 1980s, an escalating combination of resource extraction, economic globalization and automation, retail consolidation, industrial agriculture, fossil fuel development, and regressive tax and budget policies has hurt many rural and small city communities and economies… Read More

The Blacker the circle

Written by: Valaida Fullwood

Date: April 04, 2019

Jolted by a stream of recent events, I have been reminded of the value and myriad benefits of Black-led giving circles and why I am a member of 1. Hardly alone in this consciousness, I recently… Read More


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