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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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

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.

There are countless organizations dedicated to helping individuals begin their …

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A Student’s Take on What Philanthropy Really Means

by Mariah Otlewski

In August 2015, I finished packing up my childhood room, said goodbye to my dog, and drove west to my new home — Grand Valley State University. I came from a small town on the east side of Lansing, Michigan. My dad was the varsity football …

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