What’s the role of foundations in helping nonprofits become more diverse? The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) explored this question in a recent survey of nonprofit CEOs, and its findings reveal potential paths forward to diversify organizations that remain primarily staffed by white employees in an era of rapid demographic change.
This guide is for all funders who
wish to understand how they
can contribute to unlocking
philanthropy’s potential to
build more resilient, sustainable
and democratic societies.
This guide is for all funders who wish to understand how they can contribute to unlocking philanthropy’s potential to build more resilient, sustainable and democratic societies. This is what the philanthropy support ecosystem, also called philanthropy infrastructure, is all about.
Civic engagement and community voice make up the secret sauce of US democracy. We need a new, community-generated social compact to assert the vision and policy framework for an inclusive 21st-century America.
When most people think of foundations, they think of deep pockets. That’s understandable, since the popular public perception of philanthropy has been shaped by the creation of multimillion-dollar foundations by titans of old, and enforced by the glamour of new foundations launched to much fanfare by today’s billionaires
A few weeks ago I called up a program officer of a foundation to discuss my organization’s amazing idea to bring more immigrant and refugee leaders into the nonprofit field. “That’s a great idea,” said the program officer, “but what’s your sustainability plan? We don’t tend to support projects unless we know they will be financially independent in the future.”
Why won’t foundations pay more, or in some cases, pay anything, for the infrastructure which exists to help and serve them? And what can be done to change that?
Some ideas always seem to keep coming back, like the proverbial bad penny. Ideas in philanthropy and charity are no exception.
Journalists who write about the world of philanthropy are frequently lured in by the newsworthy multi-million-dollar grants that make the biggest waves, while nonprofit executives and development staff tend to focus a lot of attention on chasing five-figure and low six-figure grants.