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Sweeping Change and Moments of Opportunity

Forward-thinking philanthropists aren’t the kind of people to set up a scholarship fund and call it a day.  The funders that we work with are interested in driving lasting progress by changing systems, and that often means changing policy.  Right now, we are heading into what may be the most open window for major policy […]

What philanthropists need to ask themselves right now

Amid the protests that have unfolded in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, many philanthropists are asking the question: “Who can I give to?”  as they seek to stand in solidarity with the Black community in America. During a period in which many Americans are focused, rightly, on racial inequities in our society, philanthropists are […]

Black Lives Matter

George Floyd murdered. Ahmaud Arbery murdered. Breonna Taylor murdered. Christian Cooper threatened. Countless others. Named and unnamed, known and unknown. These are not acts that can be understood as anomalies or as the products of bad actors or poor judgment. These are predictable outcomes born of a system delivering that which it was designed to […]

9 Books, Articles, Videos, and Podcasts to Add to Your Holiday List

The holidays are the perfect time to rest, reflect, catch-up on what you’ve waited to do all year, or get ahead for next year. Whether you’re looking for a break in the chaos or a thought-provoking discourse, pulling up on the beach somewhere or cozying up at home, we hope there’s something on this list […]

Are We Doing Any Good?

Consider the spectrum of philanthropic giving you or others in your social circle made over the last five years: You may be thinking of gifts to alma maters. Or, you’re thinking of a GoFundMe campaign for someone you knew who had an accident, those soccer team fundraising drives, or an end-of-year large donation to a […]

Staying Focused While Taking the Long View

If you invest $10,000 in the stock market today, you might expect your investment to grow something like this: In 20 years, the ROI on your $10,000 investment is significant and positive. While there are important differences between investing in financial markets and promoting social change, the path to progress is similarly non-linear. Social change […]

To Drive Systemic Change, Find the Root Cause

Treat the cause, not the symptoms If your phone turns off and you plug it into a charger, most likely, it turns back on. If it doesn’t, you now have to consider other potential issues in order to get it to work again. As human beings, we use linear, event-focused, cause-and-effect thinking as our go-to […]