Whose needle are you trying to move?

Whose needle are you trying to move? by Elizabeth Gordillo, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy This blog was produced as a part of Field Focus: Local Action, a three-month digital series examining how individuals and organizations plug in to the communities they care about and spur others into action, as

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

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

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Data Goes Hyper-Local in Grand Rapids

Data Goes Hyper-Local in Grand Rapids by Steve Wilson My early career experiences with nonprofits leading local community and economic development created a perfect pathway for me to enter place-based philanthropy. Back then, I often looked to local foundations to provide both support and leadership as we envisioned future infrastructure

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