Perspectives

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    Unmuted: What Works (and Doesn’t) When Working Together Online

    Andy Goodman unpacks the challenges of working remotely, asking what works, what doesn’t and reflecting on how we can all do better when working together online.
    • November 4, 2020
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    Cross-post: Learning from Two Decades of Grantee Relationships

    Decision-makers such as elected officials and institutional funders have historically ignored and underinvested in BIPOC communities. Conscientious funders are asking big, long-overdue questions: how do grantmaking policies, practices, and cultures play a role in perpetuating imbalances in power and resource allocation? How can we, as grantmakers, address that?
    • September 25, 2020
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    Cross-post: How to Discuss Merger Exploration with Grantees

    In the COVID-19 world, funders may increasingly find themselves in discussions with nonprofit partners about merger exploration as a potential way to ensure that mission and organizational needs continue to be met. We are seeing an upswell of interest and are encouraged by the sector’s willingness to provide funding for sustained collaboration efforts.
    • September 16, 2020
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    Cross-post: Rethinking Outcomes in a Crisis Context

    In this critical time, and with a sense of urgency, many philanthropic organizations are shifting the ways in which they are supporting grantees. However, foundation staff are increasingly wondering about the last point: “What grantee outcomes will we be able to report on if they are not submitting reports?,” “What do we mean by relaxing reporting requirements?,” “How can we ensure that our funds are used effectively?,” and “For how long should these changes be in effect?”
    • August 5, 2020
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    Philanthropy’s Racial Funding Gap is an Urgent Crisis

    The demand for racial justice erupting across a nation ravaged by a pandemic disproportionately impacting communities of color is a call to action: the time for grantmakers to invest in Black leaders and Black-led organizations in America is now.
    • July 27, 2020
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    New Survey: How Online Work is Impacting Us All

    Andy Goodman, director and co-founder of the Goodman Center, is launching a new survey to examine how online work--generally and in light of the pandemic--is impacting us all.
    • July 21, 2020
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    Cross-post: We Need to End Structural Racism and Inequities. How can Data and Evidence Help?

    In this cross-post, Project Evident discusses how data and evidence can help us work to end racism and inequality.
    • July 14, 2020
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    Hope is Not a Strategy for Change

    Hear from GEO CEO, Marcus Walton, as he reflects on how hope alone is not a sufficient strategy for change to effectively prevent future racial atrocities and offers thoughts on what a responsive philanthropic strategy must involve.
    • June 1, 2020
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    Cross-post: To turn a corner, trust social entrepreneurs

    In this cross-post Ashoka argues the case for funding social entrepreneur-led organizations with flexible or unrestricted grants.
    • May 29, 2020
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    Four Upstream Questions to Support Next Steps

    For the last two months, grantmaking organizations have focused on triage as we’ve rushed to keep staff safe, to communicate with and support grantees, to reallocate, shift, and increase funding, and to balance former priorities with new demands of the pandemic. Now, the national, state, and local conversation is shifting to the highly complicated topic of “re-opening.” Funders are beginning to ask themselves: what’s next as we move from triage to transition? Do we consider returning to the workplace and, if so, how and when?
    • May 20, 2020