Latest Blog Posts

  • Change Can Start Anywhere. It’s Up to Philanthropy to Get Onboard.

    by Dennis McMillian

    Living in Alaska these past twenty-six years, I discovered it’s a good laboratory for social innovation. While Alaska covers a large area — 20 percent the size of the rest of the country — it’s possible to convene the right people to address …

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  • Photo: Two women standing side by side wearing "volunteer" t-shirts

    Local Action: Philanthropy’s Answer to “Where Do I Start?”

    by Tory Martin

    There are countless organizations dedicated to helping individuals begin their philanthropic journeys. Sites like VolunteerMatch and DonorsChoose make taking action simple and fast, while national programs like Teach for America, City Year, and AmeriCorps provide immersive experiences on a grand scale.

    Many of the places we …

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