How a Green New Deal Backer Supports Movement Building—and How It’s Paying Off

How a Green New Deal Backer Supports Movement Building—and How It’s Paying Off

As an early funder, Wallace Global Fund helped the Sunrise Movement shift the conversation around U.S. climate policy. The fund’s leadership explains how and why it backs social movements, including with a new, $1 million commitment to the Green New Deal.

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How a Small Progressive Funder Innovates and Organizes to Make a Bigger Impact

How a Small Progressive Funder Innovates and Organizes to Make a Bigger Impact

To make the best of its modest resources, the Solidago Foundation has been looking to go beyond grantmaking into organizing other funders, and experimenting with new ways to move wealth and build power. We get an inside view of how that’s working out.

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Growing Up: How an Advocacy Group for Millennials Seeks to Expand Its Fundraising

Growing Up: How an Advocacy Group for Millennials Seeks to Expand Its Fundraising

Started in 2009 by five law students in a campus cafeteria, Young Invincibles has become an increasingly visible national organization engaging young people in policy issues. Already backed by top foundations, it’s now looking to engage more individual donors.

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The Progressive Funders Looking to Build Power Across Divides in the American Heartland

The Progressive Funders Looking to Build Power Across Divides in the American Heartland

The 2016 election was a reckoning moment for a philanthropy sector long disconnected from rural America. A new funding initiative is looking to remedy that by supporting organizing and movement-building in neglected regions, focusing on the Midwest.

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The Foundations That Work on Environmental Health, with an Eye on Building Power

The Foundations That Work on Environmental Health, with an Eye on Building Power

Over recent years, more grantmakers have tuned into how environmental health hazards are far more likely to affect the poor and people of color. We talk to a key figure in this funding movement about the strategies in play and the work that lies ahead.

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When Eagles Hatch: Native Americans in Philanthropy and Native Youth Activism

When Eagles Hatch: Native Americans in Philanthropy and Native Youth Activism

A small cadre of foundations and nonprofits has been expanding efforts to improve understanding and funding for Native -related causes. One important focus is fueling Native youth activism, work that has been been picking up steam in recent years.

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Changing the Narrative and Building Power: A Muslim American Fund Takes the Long View

Changing the Narrative and Building Power: A Muslim American Fund Takes the Long View

Rapid response funding will always be necessary for a community that often finds itself under political attack. But the Pillars Fund wants to go beyond that, changing how American Muslims are seen and building capacity from the ground up.

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“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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