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Dear Howard Schultz, don’t do it!

Written by: Aaron Dorfman

Date: February 05, 2019

Dear Mr. Schultz, Don’t do it! The Washington Post reported last week that you might spend $300-$500 million of your own money on a campaign to run for President. Please reconsider. Others have made the political… Read More

2 Place-based equity funders hold up a mirror to examine their power

Written by: Reed Young

Date: February 04, 2019

“Do you want to be powerful?” asked Jeanné Isler, NCRP’s vice president and chief engagement officer, as she opened the first deep-dive webinar in a series from The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities (TFN).… Read More

Recent calls for foundation engagement leave out grantees and communities they serve

Written by: Ryan Schlegel

Date: January 23, 2019

Two recent philanthropic sector news items have attracted the attention of philanthro-folks on social media. Both channel current debates about whose voices are heard in public discourse, and both hint at opportunities for foundations to embrace sharing… Read More

The “gig economy” continues to hold back the nonprofit sector

Written by: Ryan Schlegel

Date: January 17, 2019

One of the key charges in David Callahan’s recent compelling indictment of progressive philanthropy is that progressive foundations have wasted time and money by committing to a harebrained scheme of endless program grants while their conservative opponents… Read More

2 Years and counting: The Field Foundation’s equity journey

Written by: Lisa Ranghelli

Date: January 10, 2019

“At the heart of our work have been these central questions: Is racial equity in philanthropy even possible? Can the fallacy of philanthropic expertise fall away to create room for the nonprofit visionary to lead? In… Read More

NCRC turns banks into social justice backers

Written by: Troy Price

Date: January 08, 2019

Editor’s note: This post is part of an ongoing series of posts featuring NCRP nonprofit members. The National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) has pushed banks to provide $84 billion in lending and philanthropy for low-to-moderate-income communities… Read More


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