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How We Help Black Business Enterprises Access Capital To Grow and Thrive

Having a thriving economy throughout New Jersey is essential to our mission of helping working families achieve financial stability, healthy relationships and hope. Access to jobs that pay a steady, living wage is part of the system we want to help bring about. Nurturing businesses and entrepreneurs in equitable ways is something we embrace—and it’s... Read More

Resources To Support Asian-American and Pacific Islander Communities

We urge our community to read AAPIP/Native Americans in Philanthropy’s call to action in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, “As Violence Against Asian Americans Intensifies, the Moment for Philanthropy to Act Is Now.” Here are additional action steps, organizations to support and resources to consider: Anti-Asian Violence Resources Showing up for Racial Justice How to support... Read More

Key Insights From This Year’s Foundation Operations and Management Report

2020 was difficult for us all. The pandemic changed the nature of work, and how funders interact with their boards, staff and the nonprofits in their communities. Despite these challenges, more than 400 members of the Exponent Philanthropy community participated in the survey informing our 2021 Foundation Operations and Management Report. We thank you—without your... Read More

Lean Funders Reflect on COVID-19 and 2020

2020 was an unexpectedly challenging year. The pandemic changed the nature of work, and how we interact with our boards, staff and the nonprofits in our communities. We asked members of the Exponent Philanthropy community to reflect on COVID-19, how it affected their work in 2020, and what they foresee for 2021. Lean funders stepped... Read More

I Used To Be on the Other Side: Reducing the Power Dynamic in Philanthropy

For the past 30 years, I have had the privilege to work in leadership positions at nonprofit organizations from local through international arenas. I’ve also worked as a consultant for nonprofits doing strategic planning, staff and board development, and fundraising. I know first-hand what it’s like to run programs, engage in advocacy, and have to... Read More

Many Small Funders Don’t Engage in Advocacy. That’s A Mistake.

Amid a devastating pandemic, civic turmoil, and the worst economic contraction since the Great Depression, it might be tempting for small funders to turn away from engaging policymakers. But that’s a mistake. Now more than ever, funders with few or no staff should engage in or double down on advocacy. For far too long, foundations... Read More