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How to do participatory grantmaking online during COVID-19

Katy Love and Winifred Ollif 18 May 2020

Can funders manage participatory decision-making during a pandemic? Yes! We know participatory grantmaking can be effective online because we’ve done it. Calls are growing for funders to open up their decision-making and share power with …


Rapid strategy development in times of crisis

Kris Putnam-Walkerly 17 May 2020

Strategies guide philanthropists during tumultuous times  Philanthropists are most effective when they have a strategy. And, formulating that strategy is easier than you think. With a strategy ready to guide decisions, givers save time and …


Long history of philanthropy and public health: Rockefeller Foundation campaigns in early 1900s

Barbara Shubinski 5 May 2020 For Subscribers

With the outbreak of COVID-19 stretching the capacity of governments and civil society around the world, philanthropies too are considering their role in the crisis. Barbara Shubinski, Director of Research and Education at the Rockefeller …

OSF pledge $16 million to prevent rollbacks on climate during COVID-19

Alliance magazine 29 April 2020

The Open Society Foundations have announced a pledge of $16 million in support of urgent climate crisis priorities related to the coronavirus pandemic. The funding will support advancing ‘green’ economic stimulus plans and stopping authoritarian …

Why a systems response to COVID-19 is critical

Olivia Leland 26 April 2020

I’m inspired by the number of funders who want to ramp up their support in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the urgency, we must not lose focus on how that support is deployed. Diverting …

On Earth Day’s 50th anniversary, reflecting on today’s challenges

Jonathan Pershing 22 April 2020

On this 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, we are all in an unsettled place. Globally, the COVID-19 pandemic has taken tens of thousands of lives, and containment measures have caused unprecedented economic disruption. …

Philanthropy during COVID-19: The urgency of a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens

Adam Saifer 21 April 2020

Earlier this year, I began a new research project in collaboration with PhiLab on ‘diversity, equity, and inclusion’ [DEI] policies and practices in the Canadian philanthropic sector. The project aimed to critically examine the promises and limitations …

Interview: David Biemesderfer, United Philanthropy Forum

Charles Keidan 21 April 2020 For Subscribers

The United Philanthropy Forum (UPF) has brought together many of the US’s infrastructure bodies in a meta-network. Does its CEO, David Biemesderfer, see a European parallel in European philanthropy body, DAFNE? He sat down with …

Internal communications for philanthropy: Maintaining community in a time of isolation

Donita Volkwijn 19 April 2020

As COVID-19 forces those of us in the philanthropic and global community to reassess what normal is, it’s important to be mindful not only of the challenges facing the communities we serve, but our internal …

During coronavirus, don’t forget Detroit’s social impact organizations

Rishi Moudgil 18 April 2020

During our rapidly evolving public health crisis, I called off SHIFT, last week’s GreenLight Fund Detroit annual event. Our goal is to shift economic mobility upwards for local children and families, and like many other …