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  • Photo of Huangguoshu Waterfall National Park in Anshun, Guizhou province, China.

    Context matters.

    The Latest Issue of The Foundation Review

    by Teri Behrens

    Context matters in philanthropy. The articles in this issue of The Foundation Review touch on the role of context in various ways. Effective grantmaking requires understanding the bigger picture — whether it is the status of overall financial markets, the presence of other actors in the …

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  • Photo of a young, African American businesswoman sitting at a table in front of a laptop computer, looking off into the distance in thought

    Capacity Building for Resilience Part 3: Don’t let this crisis go to waste.

    by Tamela Spicer

    Amidst the ever-changing landscape that has resulted from the COVID-19 crisis, nonprofit organizations continue to find new ways to serve and create impact in their communities. Adapting can be costly, and millions of dollars have poured into the sector. Both the …

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