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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

Funding the Arts Is Funding for Social Change

In a recent conversation, I found myself wrestling with a familiar question: How do we encourage funding for the arts during times of crisis, as people are struggling to meet basic needs like food, shelter, and physical and mental health? It’s a valid consideration. Just before the coronavirus hit, I questioned myself and my own... Read More

An Open Letter From Exponent Philanthropy Board Chair, Paul Spivey

Dear Exponent Philanthropy members, For the past 25 years, I have been involved in philanthropy as an executive, board member and donor. The intense racial strife over the past couple of weeks has compelled me to share the following personal and professional anecdotes as well as suggested solutions. Frustration, anger and fatigue are all vehemently... Read More