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Topic: “Grantmaking”

Making a Little Go Far: How We Spark Economic Renewal in Our Rural Community

Our small foundation is among the few private funders in our rural area of Northeastern Colorado. We look for ways to make the most of our dollars, relationships and knowledge to serve our community. For example, we support local economic development directly by giving grants to and partnering with our local economic development agency. And... Read More

Understanding Brains: Funding Basic Medical Research

My brother, Laurence Braude, was diagnosed with idiopathic Parkinsonism, colon cancer and heart disease, all at the same time. He retired from his ophthalmology practice and set up a foundation to fund basic medical research on brains and neurological disorders. As an associate professor, Laurence was extremely interested in furthering science through basic research. When... Read More

My Family’s Foundation Entered the Policy Arena, and We Are Not Looking Back

The system needs to change. Like many family foundations, we receive several worthy requests that we turn down due to lack of funds. Most of our grants are program/project-based—reactive to the problems at hand rather than tackling them before they become an issue. In the light of this, the Wright Family Foundation is trying different... 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