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7 Lessons Donors Can Learn From MacKenzie Scott’s Surprise $1.7 Billion Gift

Too few donors offer it. According to the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP), the percentage of U.S. domestic funding allocated for general operating support among the largest 1,000 U.S. foundations remained stagnant at 20% between… Read More

What must be sacrificed in times of crisis

So, what might philanthropy need to ‘sacrifice’ to address racism? In short, power. Many speakers at the conference emphasized the need for philanthropy to embrace trust and to share and build power with impacted communities, those with lived… Read More

Philanthropy: It’s Time to Stand Up for Day Laborers and Immigrants

First of all, foundations can pay out more than five percent of their assets in grants—a step that some foundations, but still too few, have done in the current emergency period. Second, recall that baseline support… Read More

Stop making us package and repackage racial equity and justice

As a recent entrant to the world of PSOs after having spent some years in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors, I was particularly eager to learn more about the challenges PSOs face in advancing racial equity… Read More

DACA Win Should Embolden Philanthropy to Double Down on Support for Migrant Justice

June’s Supreme Court decision to uphold Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a huge win for the pro-immigrant and refugee movement. Thanks to years of tireless organizing by undocumented people at great personal risk, 700,000… Read More

Inside the Foundation Payout Debate: How Crisis and Opportunity Are Forcing Change

“I think the very recent announcement by those five foundations gives everyone permission to do it,” said Aaron Dorfman, president and CEO of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, who recently co-authored an op-ed urging more… Read More


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