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  • Photos of current and former Detroit Innovation Fellows. Top row (L to R): Shamayim ‘Mama Shu’ Harris, Juan Carlos Dueweke-Perez, Phillis Judkins, and Nicole Lindsey. Bottom row (L to R): Jackson Koeppel, Rebecca “Bucky” Willis, Tanya Saldivar-Ali, and Ali Dirul.

    The Power of Investing in People: 6 Lessons from the Detroit Innovation Fellowship

    by Pamela Lewis

    This blog was produced as a part of Field Focus: Inclusive Strategies for Prosperity, a digital series to explore philanthropy’s role in inclusive economic development and community prosperity.

    In 2017, my colleagues and I at the New Economy Initiative (NEI), an entrepreneurial …

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  • Members of the Mississippi Youth Council (MYCouncil) at the State Capitol in Jackson, Miss in 2018. Photo courtesy of Nina Robinson/The Verbatim Agency/Getty Images. Some rights reserved.

    As Donors and as Causes, Women are Taking the Lead in Philanthropy

    by Kate Pew Wolters

    Last month, Melinda Gates announced her pledge to spend $1 billion over the next decade to help close the gender equality gap — to put more women in positions to make decisions, control resources, and shape policies and perspectives. And with the …

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