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My favorite funder responses so far to COVID-19

Written by: Aaron Dorfman

Date: March 18, 2020

It’s still early in the COVID-19 crisis, yet many funders have already taken important steps to support grantees. Dozens of community foundations have established rapid response funds, which will be hugely important. Kudos to Seattle Foundation… Read More

By the numbers: How philanthropy responded during the Great Recession

Written by: Ryan Schlegel

Date: March 13, 2020

Editor's note: The charts and graphs in this post are best viewed on a computer or tablet. With nonprofits feeling the financial impact of the current coronavirus outbreak, many leaders are wondering how the philanthropic sector… Read More

Coronavirus, boom and bust election funding, and an impending recession

Written by: Aaron Dorfman, Bethany Maki

Date: March 11, 2020

It’s safe to say that at this point, the nonprofit sector has been pulled into a discussion about COVID-19, as leaders urgently strategize about how to slow the outbreak and help those directly affected.   However,… Read More

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


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