On Shared Vision and a New Social Compact

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.

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Much More Than Money – The Impact of Small Rural Foundations

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

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The Most Important Lesson I’ve Learned in 25 Years of Grantmaking

It’s a strange job…giving away money. Sure, it sounds simple. People come to funders for support, we decide if the idea fits with our foundation’s mission, we vet it, perhaps we write a recommendation for our board, and our trustees then make a determination. Pretty straightforward. Pretty clear. Pretty formulaic — at least on the surface.

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Why we are Suspending Unsolicited Applications

From 30 April 2018, we will be suspending the receipt of unsolicited proposals for an initial test period of six months. We will be replacing them with an in-depth focus on one country, desk-based research and visits to meet potential grantees.

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