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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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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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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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Data Science for Social Impact

by Adriana Paz

Philanthropy’s embrace of data science has been slow, held back by limited resources, infrastructure, and staffing. However, a number of philanthropists and nonprofit organizations are using their resources to grow the pool of professional data scientists and support other nonprofits as they adopt data-informed decision making.

Adriana Paz takes a …

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Trends 2020

11 Trends in Philanthropy for 2020: Anticipate and Embrace What’s Next

What place should philanthropy hold in a democratic society?

Across our field, in politics, in business, and in our communities, Americans are questioning the very nature of philanthropy and probing its core value. These questions ask who has the responsibility — or the right — to …

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InDEEP Initiative Combines Environmental Impact With Racial Equity in Philanthropy

by Vanessa Farrell

At a recent gathering of the Embedding Equity Community of Practice (EECoP), a program of the InDEEP Initiative, Matt Wisniewski, senior program officer at the S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation, mused that one of the reasons racial equity was important to him was that he …

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Foundations are No Longer Wedded to the Long Game

by Teri Behrens

As Teri Behrens writes in this final piece from our 11 Trends in Philanthropy for 2019 report, limited-life foundations and program exits (wherein a foundation closes out a line of work or funding) are becoming increasingly common. Still, this phenomenon is nascent enough that little …

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Determining the Future of #OurNeighborhoods

by Seema Agnani

My organization, the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD), recently launched the #OurNeighborhoods anti-displacement toolkit.

The first of its kind, this online resource was developed to provide grassroots organizers in Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) neighborhoods with tools to support their work, including an analysis …

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The Top 10 Blogs of 2019

by Tory Martin

Ask a question. Make an argument. Share a lesson. Offer a reflection.

Here it is, dear reader, YOUR list — the top 10 most-read blogs published by the Johnson Center in 2019.

You showed your passion for learning about new trends in the field and cross-sector partnerships. You shared stories …

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