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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Torch: Behind a Business Intelligence Platform for Philanthropy and the Social Sector

Torch: Behind a Business Intelligence Platform for Philanthropy and the Social Sector

For funders and fundraisers alike, keeping track of stakeholder conversations can be hard in an era of digital overload. We connect with a tech firm that’s built a new tool to help organizations navigate an increasingly noisy nonprofit landscape.

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Listening and Evolving: How a Community Foundation Put Racial Equity at the Center of Its Work

Listening and Evolving: How a Community Foundation Put Racial Equity at the Center of Its Work

Community foundations tend to play things safe, given the many stakeholders they must please. So how did the Brooklyn Community Foundation get out front on racial equity, becoming an early philanthropic leader on these issues? Here’s the inside story.

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Domino Effect: Have Sackler Donations Finally Become Toxic?

Domino Effect: Have Sackler Donations Finally Become Toxic?

Within a week, three major museums pledged to refuse future donations from the Sacklers. But as over a thousand lawsuits against the family make their way through U.S. courts, other recipients of Sackler cash have remained curiously silent.

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It's Now the Biggest U.S. Grantmaker and Getting Bigger All the Time. Here’s a Closer Look

It's Now the Biggest U.S. Grantmaker and Getting Bigger All the Time. Here’s a Closer Look

In 2018, Fidelity Charitable became the country’s largest grantmaker, churning out $5.2 billion in grants to 142,000 nonprofits. That’s big money. Where did it go? And what does the rise of this DAF juggernaut tell us about philanthropy’s changing landscape?

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Getting Proactive: A Tech Giver’s Journey to More Strategic Giving

Getting Proactive: A Tech Giver’s Journey to More Strategic Giving

Tech entrepreneur Mark Vadon’s foundation once gave reactively to local causes in the Seattle area. Now, it’s laser-focused on empowering Native American communities. We get the inside story of how this grantmaker stepped up its game.

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Ford and the Fords: A "Creature of Capitalism" Reconnects with an Industrial Dynasty

Ford and the Fords: A "Creature of Capitalism" Reconnects with an Industrial Dynasty

There hasn’t been a Ford family member on the Ford Foundation’s board for more than four decades. With Henry Ford III now joining the board, Benjamin Soskis explores the historical backstory, along with larger questions about capitalism and philanthropy.

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Zombie Philanthropy: What I Learned About Donor-Advised Funds as a Foundation Insider

Zombie Philanthropy: What I Learned About Donor-Advised Funds as a Foundation Insider

Chuck Brown used to spend his days at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation convincing donors to open DAFs. But after seeing how much of this money failed to reach charitable causes, he’s calling for mandatory payouts and other new rules for DAFs.

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“It’s Very Empowering.” Latino Giving Circles Are on the Rise

“It’s Very Empowering.” Latino Giving Circles Are on the Rise

Donors of color are becoming more collaborative and organized, a push that reflects growing wealth in these communities and longstanding frustrations about neglect by mainstream philanthropy. A recent convening underscores the new energy around Latino giving.

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Every Corner of the Nation: A Foundation Looks Off the Beaten Path for Innovative Ideas

Every Corner of the Nation: A Foundation Looks Off the Beaten Path for Innovative Ideas

Most wealth is produced in major cities, largely on the coasts, and philanthropy tends to flow to the same places. But the New York-based J.M. Kaplan Fund is determined to find and fund social innovators in states that often get overlooked by foundations.

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When Philanthropy Is Not Enough: A Top Donor Couple Takes a Broader Approach to Impact

When Philanthropy Is Not Enough: A Top Donor Couple Takes a Broader Approach to Impact

Laura and John Arnold are well known for their foundation’s prolific grantmaking. But the couple has long been engaged in political giving, too. And now they’re bringing these two strategies together in a single organization, Arnold Ventures.

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“Philanthropy Made Easy.” A Platform to Help Small Donors Engage in Smarter Giving

“Philanthropy Made Easy.” A Platform to Help Small Donors Engage in Smarter Giving

While wealthy donors often get professional help to find grantees, smaller donors can have a tougher time figuring things out. We look at one of the new intermediaries, ALMA, that aims to guide givers of modest means by curating portfolios of nonprofits.

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From Normal to Fearless: Jean Case Explores Courage in Business and Philanthropy

From Normal to Fearless: Jean Case Explores Courage in Business and Philanthropy

Through her leadership of a foundation which taps a tech fortune, Jean Case has been a relentless champion of changemakers and entrepreneurs. Now’s she out with a new book that shares some of what’s she learned along the way.

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"Impossible to Justify." A Political Scientist Takes on American Philanthropy

"Impossible to Justify." A Political Scientist Takes on American Philanthropy

Rob Reich has become one of the nation’s preeminent scholars of philanthropy by asking hard questions about the role of private giving in democracies. In an important new book, Reich deepen this critique. But just where, exactly, do his ideas lead?

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A New Giving Circle That is Exclusively Funding Black-led, Black-Serving Nonprofits

A New Giving Circle That is Exclusively Funding Black-led, Black-Serving Nonprofits

Thanks to the “philanthropic redlining of African-American communities,” black-led nonprofits tend to be smaller, have less access to funding sources, and have fewer cash reserves. Here’s how a new giving circle in Philadelphia is responding to that shortfall.

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Who’s Behind This Unusual Grants Competition in Northern Kentucky?

Who’s Behind This Unusual Grants Competition in Northern Kentucky?

Small grants are an ideal way to expand the breadth of giving and dabble in new strategies without taking a big leap. What we don’t see too often are such grants awarded by multi-funder collaborations, which is why the NKY Funders’ Grants program caught our attention.

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