Giving Voice to Fuel Change
Helping make change is a choice. Do you help or hinder? Since 2010, the Black Diaspora has formally celebrated our collective history of philanthropy each August during Black Philanthropy Month. Deeply rooted in our ancient cultural traditions, Black Philanthropy Month celebrates our past and educates our children, so they have the knowledge and confidence that their communities are not simply takers (as so often portrayed in mainstream media outlets), but givers, builders and visionaries.
Joint Foundation Statement on Immigration
Moore Philanthropy is a signatory on the Joint Foundation Statement on Immigration. Initiated by Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, more than 190 philanthropic institutions have signed in support of this statement, representing local, state, regional and national foundations from across the country.
Our Duty is to Find Hope in Darkness
“Over the past months and weeks, countless conversations with my colleagues, friends, partners, and peers in social justice have focused on the complexities and cruelties of 2016: from Brexit in the United Kingdom, to the rejection of a peace deal in Colombia, to the ongoing violence and refugee crisis in the Middle East, to, of course, America’s presidential election.”
The Future of Foundation Philanthropy: The CEO Perspective
Based on the perspectives of more than 200 foundation CEOs collected through in-depth interviews and responses to a survey from May to June of 2016, The Future of Foundation Philanthropy: The CEO Perspective captures foundation leaders’ views on challenges and concerns about the changing landscape in which they work, practices they believe to hold the most promise for helping foundations reach their potential, and the most pressing issues that will influence foundation philanthropy in the coming years.
Impatience Can Be a Virtue, Too: Rethinking the “How” of Philanthropy
“As I reviewed The Future of Foundation Philanthropy, I recalled my initial impressions 16 years ago when I had the opportunity to work for the first time on the “inside” of a large private foundation similar to those highlighted in the report. I was a seasoned grantmaker, but up until then my experience had been in the corporate sector, most recently as head of the Levi Strauss Foundation.”
It’s Time for Grantmakers to Embrace Failure
Philanthropy often encourages grantees to take risks, to be innovative, to find new solutions to old problems. Indeed, many refer to philanthropy as “risk capital,” providing funding that can help society create innovative, new models for addressing the world’s most intractable social issues. But risk and innovation often bring an uncomfortable consequence: failure.
Admitting Failure: Learning From Mistakes in Philanthropy
“I was recently invited to speak about mistakes and learning in philanthropy at the Grants Managers Network’s annual conference. My talk and panel presentation argued that admitting failures contributes to high-quality implementation, innovation of new strategies and improved governance and transparency. It’s good medicine that doesn’t always taste so good. Yet despite increasing philanthropic interest in mistakes and learning, many foundation staff still find it difficult to have conversations about mistakes.”
The High-Impact Giving Strategy for 2017? Love
We have a crisis in philanthropy. And I use the word crisis on purpose; love of humankind is the foundation upon which a culture (not the institutions) of philanthropy was birthed and later institutionalized. Some of us came to this work for the wrong reasons to begin with; many have forgotten our initial motivation.
Celebrating Black Philanthropy Month and Our Collective History
Philanthropy in this country did not begin with the creation of institutions established by oil and steel magnates, or with savvy investors. The origins and forms are numerous, but for me—a Black woman in America—philanthropy is ancient, personal, inter-generationally nurtured, and, quite honestly, expected.
The Peace & Security Funding Index: An Analysis of Global Foundation Grantmaking
Released in June 2016, The Peace and Security Funders Group (PSFG) and Foundation Center created the Index to help funders, policymakers, and the general public better understand the peace and security funding landscape.
- To learn more about the project and to access the Index visit: peaceandsecurityindex.org
- To immediately download a copy of the full Index: Peace and Security Index Full Report
- To learn more about the Peace & Security Funders Group visit their site at: peaceandsecurity.org
Five Lessons for New Philanthropists
Recently, Napster co-founder Sean Parker announced the funding of the Parker Foundation and posited some advice for the coming wave of Silicon Valley “hacker philanthropists.” Parker’s fundamental critique is that traditional philanthropists are neither as transparent nor accountable as they should be, and lack the tools needed to measure impact and solve problems.
Challenging The Orthodoxies Of Philanthropy
Orthodoxies help create standard practices that enable individuals and institutions to function more efficiently. But they can also lead to a dogmatic resistance to change and blind spots in decision-making that can prevent organizations from developing better ways of working. The field of philanthropy has its share of orthodoxies too.
Impact Investments Yield Similar Results As Other Funds With No Social Objectives
Cambridge Associates and the Global Impact Investing Network have collaborated to launch the Impact Investing Benchmark, the first comprehensive analysis of the financial performance of market rate private equity and venture capital impact investing funds. While the impact investing industry is in an early stage of development, it is poised for growth.
Creating A Level Playing Field For Social Innovators In Africa
There is growing global interest in opportunities for social change and profitable growth on the African continent. In 2015, 30 percent of the 3,165 applications for the Echoing Green Award were for initiatives focused on Africa, with Nigeria, Uganda, and Kenya listed as the top five countries after the United States and India.
Charities And Foundations Keep Skirting Important Issues They Need To Discuss
Disconnects between foundations and the nonprofits they support are no longer acceptable in an era when charities face more pressure than ever to adapt to changes in society and pressure on governments to be frugal. But all too often that is exactly what happens. Our groups— Nonprofit Finance Fund and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations — have both conducted studies that found stark divides in the willingness of nonprofits to talk frankly with their supporters about a group’s financial health and in foundations’ willingness to listen.
So You Want To Be A “Radical” Philanthropist?
“You have $8 billion,” a recent article by Dylan Matthews of Vox supposes. “You want to do as much good as possible. What do you do?” Matthews recommends the approach taken by Open Philanthropy, a project of the charitable organization GiveWell, and Good Ventures, the foundation belonging to Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and his wife Cari Tuna.
U.N. Chief: Yes, We Can End Poverty
As the international community prepares to adopt a new sustainable development agenda at a Summit in September in New York, and a new climate change agreement in December in Paris, the G7 countries have a special responsibility to lead. As the heads of state and government of the largest economies, G7 leaders can make a decisive difference in taking the difficult yet sensible steps that will achieve our goal of prosperity and dignity for all.