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Fertilizing the grassroots that confront the COVID-19 crisis

Written by: Jeanné Lewis

Date: April 15, 2020

A friend and grassroots organizer recently posted on Facebook that a local women’s shelter needed emergency supplies. Several people replied that they had items to donate. My friend organized a contact-free pickup process. I went to… Read More

How can funders & donors respond to COVID-19 in an equitable and effective way?

Written by: Lisa Ranghelli

Date: April 09, 2020

Until the current COVID19 pandemic and the havoc it is wreaking are history, grantmakers will see a significant part of their work dominated in some form or fashion by the disease.   In fact, barely a month into the national spotlight, Candid maps show that close to $700 million… Read More

What you resist will persist: Power Moves across the Southeast and Appalachia

Written by: Mary Snow, Tracey Greene-Washington

Date: March 19, 2020

What you resist will persist is such a powerful frame to describe the complex, tedious and often exhausting dance that occurs between the national philanthropic sector and rural grassroots leaders who are moving transformational work with… 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

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

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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