“The Fight of Our Lives.” How a Funder Collaborative Backs Civic Participation

“The Fight of Our Lives.” How a Funder Collaborative Backs Civic Participation

The Defending the Dream Fund is among the new rapid-response efforts that have popped up since the 2016 election. It recently made its third round of grants—its biggest yet. Who’s behind the fund, and where’s the money going?

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From Passion to Impact: Inside a Growing Push to Help Individual Donors Get More Strategic

From Passion to Impact: Inside a Growing Push to Help Individual Donors Get More Strategic

A host of new efforts are under way to expand a “portfolio approach” to giving that can help individual donors—big and small—be more effective funders. Here’s a look at some of the key players leading the charge.

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"A Different America." A Movement Funder Tries to Change Who’s Invited to the Table

"A Different America." A Movement Funder Tries to Change Who’s Invited to the Table

The Third Wave Fund almost shut down a few years ago. Now, back from the brink and with two new leaders taking the reins, it’s dedicated to empowering those who’ve been locked out of mainstream philanthropy.

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Power in Letting Go: How Participatory Grantmakers Are Democratizing Philanthropy

Power in Letting Go: How Participatory Grantmakers Are Democratizing Philanthropy

For years, a small band of grantmakers has seen the power in asking people closest to the problems to make funding decisions. New research suggests participatory grantmaking is gaining traction, and holds potential solutions to deep problems in philanthropy.

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Inside the Libra Foundation: How a Branch of the Pritzker Family Backs Movement Building

Inside the Libra Foundation: How a Branch of the Pritzker Family Backs Movement Building

Its assets may come from one of the nation’s wealthiest families, but the Libra Foundation takes empowering the grassroots seriously, and it’s stepping up its work with new staff and strategies.

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Donor Organizers: Behind an Inclusive New Approach to Social Justice Funding

Donor Organizers: Behind an Inclusive New Approach to Social Justice Funding

The Giving Project is energizing diverse small donors who are not well-represented in philanthropy. And it’s moving money to the kind of community-led organizing work that’s underfunded by larger foundations.

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Ripple Effect: A Foundation Looks to Women and Girls of Color to Take the Lead

Ripple Effect: A Foundation Looks to Women and Girls of Color to Take the Lead

In a new five-year plan, the Ms. Foundation for Women aims to invest $25 million in organizations led by and for women of color. It is also launching a 501(c)(4) to help amplify this group’s political reach and power.

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