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How Humanities Organizations Can Help Us Heal More Equitably

Can we recover from the pandemic while becoming a more equitable society? Food, housing and financial security are rightly our philanthropic priorities right now. Yet, our country is calling on us to heal persistent divides and right structural wrongs. Humanities organizations could play a pivotal role. The humanities suffer benign neglect in philanthropy. Many funders... Read More

Part 1: How Funders Can Strengthen Connections To Community; Seeing Your Community and Navigating Relationships

As practitioners, advisors and consultants to funders, conveners and conductors of community collaboration, we have observed collaboration and collective impact in communities across the country. From our on-the-ground experience, we have seen it done well, and not so well. In this first of a two-blog series, we’ll provide several guideposts about how funders can better... Read More

Essentials
Summer 2020: Paradigm Shifts

Our highly rated quarterly publication for members provides a wealth of information and inspiration in one easy read. In this issue: Understanding Racial Bias in Philanthropic Funding Today Grantmaking for Equity: Essential, Fundamental Practices Working With the State and Other Funders to Address COVID-19 Racial Health Equity in Louisiana What Should Philanthropy Do? Excerpted from... Read More

Spotlight Reports

Exponent Philanthropy’s Spotlight Reports shine a light on our members’ practices. Grounded in research, survey data, and interviews with funders, these reports highlight some of the strongest approaches within lean philanthropy. Building Equity Into your Foundation’s DNA Funders are being asked to show how they are addressing social inequities by specifying what they do and... Read More

Nonprofit Collaboration Is Essential Now—How Funders Can Play a Role

These unprecedented times require new ways of working together. Nonprofits’ services are needed more than ever. But there are fewer resources to support them. Organizations have already lost significant revenue streams from cancelled fundraisers and lost earned income. The number of households that give was decreasing before the pandemic hit, says the 2019 Giving USA... Read More

MacKenzie Scott Gives a Masterclass in Philanthropy

Philanthropy has a new champion. Her name is MacKenzie Scott. Recently, Scott announced that in her relatively short time in philanthropy, she’s given $1.7 billion to 116 nonprofits. Many of the organizations are devoted to equity, and those organizations are largely led by women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ people. While the amount represents a... Read More