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Summit Replay

Lessons Learned, Lessons Shared: Reflections From Three Donor Journeys

by Michael Moody

Summit Replay — the compilation of reflections and videos presented here — was produced as part of the Johnson Center’s Donor Journeys Initiative. Click here to learn more.

Smart, effective giving requires continuous learning along the donor journey. Often the best sources for this learning …

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Buy Local, Hire Local, Live Local: The Greater University Circle Model for Equitable Development

by India Pierce Lee

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.

A Tale of Two Cities

Cleveland’s Greater University Circle neighborhood has long been …

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Corporate Social Responsibility Employs Many Models to Strategically Align Business and Philanthropy

by Patty Janes and Olivia Rau

The 2010s were book-ended by two major events in the progression of corporate social responsibility (CSR). The first offered guidance for companies looking to adopt socially responsible practices, while the second declared consideration of social and environmental impact to …

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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 increase, nonprofits and funders …

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Inclusive Growth Requires Urgent Collaboration and Deliberate Patience

by Juan R. Olivarez

While philanthropic organizations and communities across the nation have been investing in inclusive growth efforts for more than a decade, these strategies and partnerships are increasingly coming in to focus.

In this piece from our 11 Trends in Philanthropy for 2020 report, Dr. Juan Olivarez stresses …

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Tainted Money and Tainted Donors: A Growing Crisis?

by Michael Moody and Michael Pratt

New examples of the “tainted donor” or “tainted money” problem seem to keep popping up — the philanthropy of the Sackler family and Jeffrey Epstein, for example. Some even argue that the “cleanliness” of any money gained through capitalist practices should be considered …

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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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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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Equity Mapping Tools Combine the Power of Data and Narrative Change

by Kallie Bauer and Rachel Borashko

Philanthropy and technology are changing rapidly, and as more and more data become available, the need for easy-to-use, accessible tools for organizing and interpreting that data is becoming more urgent. More organizations are now answering that call through a combination …

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Increasing Critiques of (Big) Philanthropy

by Michael Moody and Tory Martin

It’s an increasingly common topic of discussion about — and within — our sector: has philanthropy has gone awry? These critiques are important and provocative appeals to hold big donors and major institutions accountable in a democratic society. Yet, some critics may run the risk of …

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