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Help! How do I convince funders to make endowment grants?

4 Regi 8 April 2021

Dear Regi,  I am an old timer in the foundation world, so I am intimately familiar with the inherent power imbalance in the funder-grantee relationship. I want to know how we can interest more foundations …

Ford commits $1bn to unrestricted grants for hundreds of organisation in BUILD initiative

Alliance magazine 7 April 2021

The Ford Foundation today announced an extension of its BUILD Initiative with a pledge of $1 billion. The expansion of the programme will allow it to serve up to 300 grantees with unrestricted funding. The …

The gift of being heard and working in partnership

Gwen Shivers and Pam Savoy-Weaver 5 April 2021

It can be easy to invest money in an attempt to fix problems. But money alone can’t build trust or change. That work starts with how you treat people. Fortunately, for the families of Detroit’s …

30 lessons in pursuit of deep social impact: leveraging and creatively using resources

Leslie Pine 4 April 2021

There’s a good chance you’ve heard the phrase ‘time, talent, and treasure’ when it comes to philanthropy. Many in the field, including us at TPI, believe that a strategic, holistic approach to philanthropy involves deploying …

Ford Foundation commits $15 million to Black Feminist Fund

Elika Roohi 1 April 2021

The Ford Foundation has announced a commitment of $15 million to launch a new philanthropic fund focused on efforts to address key issues impacting Black women. Developed and led by a core group of Black …

Fund movements on the ground to keep fossil fuels in the ground

Katie Redford 1 April 2021

Last month, I went to northern Minnesota to stand with water protectors and land defenders in protest against Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline, which cuts through their sacred lands, disrupting unique ecosystems and ignoring treaty rights …

The Covid-19 grassroots justice fund that invests in people-led justice solutions

1 Abigail Moy 31 March 2021

In the shadow of the pandemic, injustices are deepening. Migrant workers are laid off from jobs yet unable to travel or access healthcare. Survivors of gender-based violence are cut off from the institutions that might …

Covid-19 has changed philanthropy forever

David Mattingly 29 March 2021

Over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, the funding community has wrestled with how to meet the moment as challenges continue to mount. An informal poll of Fund for Global Human Rights grantees found that, …

Coordinated global philanthropy needs to address global threats

Marcel Arsenault 27 March 2021

Long-term thinkers, including in philanthropy, have been worried about the risks of a pandemic since long before Covid-19 broke out. Jeff Skoll has famously focused on this issue for a decade, as has Bill Gates. …