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Lucy Bernholz

Special feature Lucy Bernholz 29 May 2018

The infrastructure behind the infrastructure

The digital space is the infrastructure that we all depend on. But for civil society to secure its freedom of thought and action is a major challenge   Support organizations are not the only kind …

Opinion Lucy Bernholz 11 March 2016 For Subscribers

Time for philanthropy to master digital data

Civil society organizations are well practised in using time and money for good. From now on, however, they also need to master using digital data and infrastructure. Like the other sectors of our societies, both …

Foundation Center and Lucy Bernholz 14 December 2015

Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2016

Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2016 is an annual industry forecast about the ways we use private resources for public benefit. Foundation Center is pleased to again partner with Lucy to offer the Blueprint as a GrantCraft guide. The Blueprint provides an …

Lucy Bernholz 18 September 2015

Provocations on American Foundations and Policy

American foundations sometimes fund advocacy or policy analysis or community organizing as part of their strategies for particular types of social change. But who advocates on behalf of foundations about philanthropic policy? And what are …

1 Lucy Bernholz 14 September 2015

An index we really need

We’ve been measuring philanthropic giving for decades. There are several directories and annual tallies of American charitable giving. For about the last decade, the impact investing movement has been trying to establish definitions, baselines, and …

Lucy Bernholz 9 July 2015

State of Civil Society 2015

Civicus has released its annual State of Civil Society Report for 2015 – the full download is here. I’m proud to have contributed an essay on digital civil society – the first such analysis I …

Opinion Lucy Bernholz 2 March 2015

From the edge to the middle

There is a common assumption that innovation is usually found on the outside edges of an existing sector or industry and that startups and upstarts are the most reliable sources of new ideas. In that …

Lucy Bernholz 11 April 2014

In search of digital civil society around the world

I recently had the opportunity to discuss the role of digital data and my ideas about digital civil society in Beijing, China and São Paolo, Brazil. Some reflections: Beijing – the day before this photo …

Lucy Bernholz 4 December 2013

Blueprint 2014: Philanthropy and the Social Economy learns from Europe

For the fifth annual Blueprint forecast I finally got up the courage to venture beyond the US. Since publishing the first one, I’ve expanded my lens to focus on philanthropy and the social economy. This …

1 Lucy Bernholz 28 October 2013

Good (and not so good?)

Huzzah to Brad Smith for this post on the Brave New World of Good. Stop. Go read it. Then come back here. (Please) Brad does an important job of describing the new ‘sandbox’ of good. The tag …