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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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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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Learning by Visiting: Marguerite Casey Foundation Board Meetings

by Zeeba Khalili

Sunday morning began with a tour through Little Haiti, 3.5 square miles comprising the oldest neighborhood of people of Haitian descent in Florida — and one of the largest communities of Haitians in the U.S. Riding in a long yellow school bus, Marguerite Casey Foundation board …

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New Research on Latinx Communities in Kent County

New Report Illustrates the Status of Latinx Communities in Kent County, Mich.

by Rachel Borashko

This blog and the research it shares were produced alongside Field Focus: Inclusive Strategies for Prosperity, a digital series to explore philanthropy’s role in inclusive economic development and community prosperity.

Inclusive growth is about ensuring prosperity for all. It’s about decreasing inequities and …

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Photos of current and former Detroit Innovation Fellows. Top row (L to R): Shamayim ‘Mama Shu’ Harris, Juan Carlos Dueweke-Perez, Phillis Judkins, and Nicole Lindsey. Bottom row (L to R): Jackson Koeppel, Rebecca “Bucky” Willis, Tanya Saldivar-Ali, and Ali Dirul.

The Power of Investing in People: 6 Lessons from the Detroit Innovation Fellowship

by Pamela Lewis

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.

In 2017, my colleagues and I at the New Economy Initiative (NEI), an entrepreneurial …

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As Donors and as Causes, Women are Taking the Lead in Philanthropy

by Kate Pew Wolters

Last month, Melinda Gates announced her pledge to spend $1 billion over the next decade to help close the gender equality gap — to put more women in positions to make decisions, control resources, and shape policies and perspectives. And with the …

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