Photo courtesy of the Center for Arab American Philanthropy

In conversation with the Center for Arab American Philanthropy

This blog was produced as a part of Field Focus: Local Action, a three-month digital series examining how individuals and organizations plug in to the communities they care about and spur others into action, as well.

As a community foundation grounded in an ethnic community rather than a geographic …

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Whose needle are you trying to move?

by Elizabeth Gordillo

This blog was produced as a part of Field Focus: Local Action, a three-month digital series examining how individuals and organizations plug in to the communities they care about and spur others into action, as well.

Foundation staff and boards often look to answer a deceptively simple question, “Are …

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The Loneliness of Leadership

by Tamela Spicer

Being an executive director can be a lonely job. It’s an ongoing balance of leading and following. There are times when a leader needs to guide or teach their board of directors or staff how to be more effective, while at other times the executive director is following the leadership …

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National Service, Local Action: Stories from AmeriCorps

by AnnMaura Connolly

This blog was produced as a part of Field Focus: Local Action, a three-month digital series examining how individuals and organizations plug in to the communities they care about and spur others into action, as well.

Mahatma Gandhi famously said that, “the best way to find oneself is to …

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Top-down, Meet Bottom-up (Elite Power, New Power, and Sharing Power)

by Paul Schmitz

This blog was produced as a part of Field Focus: Local Action, a three-month digital series examining how individuals and organizations plug in to the communities they care about and spur others into action, as well.
Does change come from the bottom up or top down?

The …

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Tory Martin & Teri Behrens

Meet the Johnson Center’s New Executive Director, Dr. Teresa (Teri) Behrens

Teri Behrens, Ph.D. began her new role as the Executive Director of the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy on October 22, 2018. Tory Martin, the Johnson Center’s director of communications and engagement, sat down with Teri to learn more about her vision for our …

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Rebuilding Trust in Civil Society Means Rebuilding Trust in Each Other

by Dan Cardinali

This blog was produced as a part of Field Focus: Local Action, a three-month digital series examining how individuals and organizations plug in to the communities they care about and spur others into action, as well.

Independent Sector is the only national membership organization that …

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Taking a Systems Approach to Change with Young Americans

by Derrick Feldmann

This blog was produced as a part of Field Focus: Local Action, a three-month digital series examining how individuals and organizations plug in to the communities they care about and spur others into action, as well.

The Cause & Social Influence Initiative recently released the “Influencing Young …

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Change Can Start Anywhere. It’s Up to Philanthropy to Get Onboard.

by Dennis McMillian

This blog was produced as a part of Field Focus: Local Action, a three-month digital series examining how individuals and organizations plug in to the communities they care about and spur others into action, as well. Join the conversation by using #FieldFocus on social media …

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Local Action: Philanthropy’s Answer to “Where Do I Start?”

by Tory Martin

There are countless organizations dedicated to helping individuals begin their philanthropic journeys. Sites like VolunteerMatch and DonorsChoose make taking action simple and fast, while national programs like Teach for America, City Year, and AmeriCorps provide immersive experiences on a grand scale.

Many of the places we …

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