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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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Collaboration and Consolidation in Philanthropy’s Infrastructure

by Teri Behrens and Tory Martin

A desire for greater impact and partnership is driving more of philanthropy’s infrastructure organizations to combine their efforts — and sometimes their staff. However, research suggests another possible motive for these changes: a lack of sustainable, significant funding for the work. Behrens and Martin explore …

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Why do foundations struggle with evaluation?

by Teri Behrens

This post was originally published by our friends at PEAK Grantmaking. View the original post here.

There’s a longstanding tension about the role of evaluation in foundations.

While there’s been a great deal of discussion about the need to document the results of foundation grantmaking, there is actually not a …

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