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Fundraisers in Africa Should Look to the "Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid"
As Sarah Archer and Andrew Wigley from the University of Cape Town argue, those “at the bottom of the pyramid” are a major philanthropic force in Africa whose potential should not be overlooked.
Fresh Takes on Sector Change and Challenges
This issue of The Foundation Review addresses many of the major challenges that persist across the sector, from managing strategic shifts to the use of media to human resources.
11 Trends in Philanthropy for 2023
Our 2023 Trends report examines topics including collaborative funding, data accessibility, ESG, unionization, nonprofit new media, mission accountability, and more.
The Public is Holding Nonprofits Accountable to Living Their Mission and Values
Methods for holding a nonprofit accountable — for their actions, fiscal choices, community relationships, etc. — have not always been clear, accessible, or publicized. That seems to be changing now.
IRS Delays and Other Barriers to Data Mean Real Risks for Nonprofits
Pandemic-driven delays in processing and release, as well as challenges in the data ecosystem itself are putting previous data accessibility gains in jeopardy.
More Nonprofit Employees are Moving to Unionize
After decades of declining enrollment, organized labor is back on workers’ minds — including in the nonprofit sector — as staff see unionization as a pathway to better pay, greater wellbeing, and increased equity.
Will Philanthropy Stay Focused on Racial Equity?
As Teri Behrens explains, it's too early to tell whether philanthropy’s commitments to racial justice represent a real turning point, or simply a "trend."
ESG Backlash Will Affect the Future of Philanthropy and Impact Investing
Voices from across sectors are questioning how useful or fair ESG (environmental, social, and governance) standards are. The debate will likely affect the future of philanthropy.
Policymakers are Paying Increasing Attention to Moving More Money Faster
The U.S. Congress appears increasingly interested in philanthropy’s spending habits — from donor-advised funds and foundation payout rates to the influence and reach of wealthy individual philanthropists.
New Organizational Structure Models are Toppling the Staff Pyramid
Efforts to alleviate burnout and economic and workplace inequity are leading more nonprofits to look for opportunities to spread the work, responsibility, and credit among more staff — and even other organizations.
Wed February 8
This two-day course from The Grantmaking School is designed to challenge grantmakers to learn as much about the grantee organization, program, and community as possible so that opportunities to build capacity and partnerships are recognized and supported.
Wed February 8
This 4-hour session is designed for people interested in board service or those looking to strengthen and refresh their knowledge and skills, and for executive directors to more effectively work with their boards.
Thu February 9
Nonprofit expert Aimée Laramore offers insight and guidance to improve your skills in attracting, cultivating, and retaining donors as you navigate the world of special events and annual solicitations.
In the News
Thu December 29
Pandemic fundraising and new beginnings: The 10 most-read nonprofit stories of 2022
Tue December 27
Nonprofit leadership largely white women, but Detroit more diverse than the rest of Michigan
Source: Crain's Detroit Business
Wed December 14
As Philanthropy Ends a Challenging Year, Historic Lessons Show a Path Forward for an Increasingly Complex Field
Source: The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Tue December 13
‘HONEST CONVERSATIONS’: Report spotlights racial gap in Michigan nonprofit leadership