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Mexican president targets U.S. philanthropy, but it’s Mexican civil society that could take the hit

by Michael Layton

On Friday August 28, 2020, four days before I officially became the W.K. Kellogg Chair for Community Philanthropy at the Johnson Center, I knew what the topic of my inaugural blog for this platform would be.

That day, Mexico’s president, …

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Meet Michael Layton, the new W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair at the Johnson Center

Michael Layton, Ph.D., joined the Johnson Center on September 1, 2020 as the second holder of the W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair.

Before he began in this new position, Tory Martin, director of communications and engagement, sat down virtually with Dr. Layton to …

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Millennials in the Nonprofit Workforce Present Challenges and Opportunities

by Teri Behrens and Tory Martin

Millennials are the most diverse U.S. generation ever to enter the workforce and, as of this year, they’ll make up more than half of it. This generation’s desire for greater flexibility, transparency, and meaning in their work is reshaping how nonprofit workplaces …

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Philanthropy Will Be On the Front Lines of Climate Change

by Teri Behrens and Tory Martin

The impacts of global warming will not be felt as individual, discrete events; rather, they will affect every issue we already care about in complex and immediate ways. And as the effects of climate change become more powerful, nonprofits and funders …

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The Grantmaking School: Rethinking Professional Development for Donors and Grantmakers in the Midst of Change

by Carol Glanville and Tory Martin

Philanthropy is a mission-driven sector.

Individuals and whole families come to this work often because they become passionate about a specific issue or topic area. Your community faces a natural disaster and you decide to seek a …

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How Grants Management Teams Can Advocate for Equity and Themselves

by Melissa Sines

At PEAK Grantmaking, we focus on the “operations” side of the house in philanthropy, supporting the individuals and teams that are responsible for crafting the processes and procedures that uphold and enforce the values and policies of their organizations.

PEAK Grantmaking is a network of …

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Turning From Despair to Optimism and Action

by Juan R. Olivarez

“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime.”
– John Lewis, from a tweet, June 2018

Like many, I’m feeling …

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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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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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In the Time of Coronavirus: How many eligible nonprofits benefited from the Paycheck Protection Program?

by Jeff Williams

In July 2020, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) released dozens of summary data files about organizations — nonprofit and for-profit — that received loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Up to …

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