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Leading with humility: how consultants can support disability inclusion in philanthropy

21 February 2021
Seema Shah

As a nonprofit and philanthropy consultant whose work centers on equity and inclusion, I am keenly aware that humility is a core competency and that the learning never ends. So, when the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers asked me to write a working paper on how consultants can support disability inclusion efforts in philanthropy, I was at once nervous and excited – nervous that, as someone who is not a member of the disability …

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30 lessons in pursuit of deep social impact: putting strategy into practice

4 February 2021
Leslie Pine

As a strategic philanthropy advising practice working with donors to increase the impact of their philanthropy, we talk a lot about the word ‘strategy’. But what does strategy really mean? Beyond that, what does putting strategy into practice look like? Over the years, we’ve learned key lessons on strategy from the families, companies, foundations, and individual donors we work with. These lessons can be valuable to funders at any point in their philanthropic journey, from just …

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Collaboration and community in the fight against climate change

11 January 2021
Dory Trimble and Laura García

The Honnold Foundation (HF) and Global Greengrants Fund are both fighting climate change at the grassroots level. We fuel climate movements built and mobilised by community leaders worldwide, directly supporting the people at the frontlines of our changing world. And together, our organisations are getting more resources into the hands of visionaries and organisers implementing community-led solutions to the most pressing issue humanity has ever faced. Since 2019, HF and Global Greengrants have co-funded solar …

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Funding maternal and newborn health innovation: 5 ways to accelerate SDG progress

30 November 2020
Krista Donaldson and Stephanie Heckman

For hundreds of thousands of women and babies around the world, health disparities continue to cause too many tragic and preventable deaths each year. The Sustainable Development Goals challenge us to reduce global maternal mortality to less than 70 per 100,000 live births (it was 211 in 2017) and to reduce preventable deaths of newborns to at least 12 per 1,000 live births (17 in 2019) by 2030.  Progress in recent years has seen us …

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Lessons for successful feminist funding partnerships

20 November 2020
Rosa Bransky

While the Global Resilience Fund has been an experiment in rapidly resourcing feminist activists in responsive and participatory ways, it …

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Lessons learned from delivering $100 million in support to local leaders

16 September 2020
Regan Ralph

In 2002, a small group of dedicated activists and funders set out to do something different in human rights philanthropy. …

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The Roddenberry Foundation’s +1 Global Fund is a philanthropic experiment

10 September 2020
Lior Ipp

For foundations and philanthropists everywhere, the Covid-19 crisis represents a singular challenge, as well as an opportunity to doing things …

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How to make online workshops better

3 September 2020
Joe Hill

Virtual meetings may have been an invaluable tool in this crisis, but it’s fair to say they also have their …

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How do we join Impact Investing and Social Entrepreneurship for greater impact? – Part 2

16 August 2020
Gorgi Krlev

Rethinking pathways to impact The need for impact investing to meet and support social entrepreneurship is growing stronger. And yet, …

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How do we join Impact Investing and Social Entrepreneurship for greater impact? – Part 1

15 August 2020
Gorgi Krlev

Rethinking the rationales for decision-making by entrepreneurs and investors Social Finance and Impact Investing are clearly hot topics. The media …

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Seven lessons donors can learn from MacKenzie Scott’s surprise $1.7 billion gift

9 August 2020
Kris Putnam-Walkerly

On July 28, MacKenzie Scott surprised the world by announcing she had made $1.7 billion in donations to 116 nonprofit organisations. …

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Why the most difficult time for planning strategy may be the right time

5 August 2020
Hannah Barker

As we move into a new phase of the Covid-19 crisis, there is a need – and hopefully now some …

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Governance and social movements: How funders can help bridge an unnecessary divide

24 July 2020
Michael Jarvis

The coronavirus pandemic poses a challenge and opportunity for governance funders. There is an immediate need to support transparency, participation …