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Finding the right path: One funder network’s journey toward racial justice

Denise Shannon and Cynthia Steele 22 August 2017 For Subscribers

Almost three years ago, Funders for Reproductive Equity (FRE), a network of dozens of large, medium and small foundations, began a journey to place racial justice at the centre of our principles, programmes and practices. …


Myths about new funders

Phil Buchanan 16 August 2017

There are a lot of statements made about ‘new’ donors and how they differ from more ‘established’ older ones. Some are probably true. Many, alas, are myths. The latest statement, which I think falls into …


US community foundations making significant global impact

Natalie Ross 15 August 2017

Since I joined the Council on Foundations in early 2016, I have fielded many requests from community foundations (CFs) seeking support and guidance in facilitating international grants, often due to growing interest from members of …

New report finds gender representation stagnant among US philanthropy leadership

Alliance magazine 2 August 2017

The proportions of women and people of racial and ethnic minorities in philanthropic leadership levels has been stagnant over the past decade, according to a new report from the Council on Foundations. The report, titled …

How students can prepare for a career in the nonprofit sector

Guidestar 20 July 2017

Accounting for 11.4 million jobs across the United States, nonprofits make up 10.3 per cent of all private sector employment, and with more than 150 million nonprofits in the country, it’s no surprise that these jobs differ vastly …

Online platform to increase transparency in Mott Foundation’s giving to Flint

Alliance magazine 11 July 2017

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, a major US based foundation focused on education, civil society and the environment, has launched an online platform providing ongoing updates on its grants to address Flint’s water crisis. Just …

How foundations join forces for better philanthropy

Katie Wehr and Elana Ludman 7 July 2017

We work hundreds of miles apart, separated by the border but our two organizations – the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation in Canada and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in the US -have formed a …

Teaching philanthropy in the ‘Middlebury Bubble’

Alliance magazine 7 July 2017

For a small but growing number of professors, philanthropy is being taught in the classroom to students who then engage in philanthropy. In 2013 and 2015, we co-taught a course at Middlebury College in Vermont …

Younger women take modern approach to philanthropy, suggests study

Amanda Aguilar 5 July 2017

Millennial women are moving philanthropy forward with a more social and inclusive stance towards giving, suggests a study by Fidelity Charitable, one of the largest donor-advised funds in the US. The study, Women and Giving, …

German and US community foundations – what can they learn from each other? 

Christiane Biedermann, Bernadette Hellmann and Stefan Nährlich 27 June 2017 For Subscribers

Community foundations are a global phenomenon. The first community foundation, the Cleveland Foundation, was founded by Frederick Goff in Ohio over 100 years ago. The aim was to create a local and independent institution, run for …