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The Foundational Tension at the Base of Democratic Capitalism

Sheri and Allan Rivlin | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Sheri and Allan Rivlin

If you want to understand a tree, you must look at the roots. If the roots are healthy, the tree is healthy. But no matter how healthy the tree branches or leaves may look now, if there is a problem with the roots of the tree, the tree has a problem. The same is true of a building.

Flexible Financing to Give Low-Income Kids a Head Start

Jessica Pothering | Posted 06.07.2015 | Impact
Jessica Pothering

Packard's investment came in the form of a "program-related investment," a category under the tax code through which foundations can invest in for-profit ventures in order to advance a charitable purpose.

Long Overdue: A New Discourse on School Reform

William Slotnik | Posted 05.28.2015 | Education
William Slotnik

Forging ahead requires persistence and will. It also takes collaborative leadership that moves beyond the divisive influences of ideology, money and power to focus on the needs of students and educators.

Believing in People: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.28.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This Week in Daily Giving is all about believing in people. As my organization, The Pollination Project gets ready to make our 1000th grant, I am p...

Spin Fail as Clinton Foundation Keeps Books Firmly Shut

Till Bruckner | Posted 05.21.2015 | Media
Till Bruckner

Earlier this month, I was in Marrakech to cover the Clinton Global Initiative schmoozefest and make up my mind about whether the Clinton Foundation is as sinister as its critics make it out to be.

Clinton Foundation Must Stop Hiding Behind Dark Money Groups

Till Bruckner | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Till Bruckner

The Clinton Foundation claims that it's committed to transparency - but clearly, it's not.

Kerry Robinson: The Church Deserves Women in Leadership

Jennifer Labbadia | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion
Jennifer Labbadia

The question of women's leadership has long been a contentious issue in the Catholic Church. While Francis has changed the tone of the Church through his messages and actions, when it comes to women, many people agree: Pope Francis isn't perfect.

American Think Tanks and Foundations Manipulate German Politics, Claims Whistleblower

Till Bruckner | Posted 06.30.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

As American pundits are discussing the Clinton Cash affair and worrying about possible undue foreign influence on U.S. foreign policy via donations to...

Challenging Dual Stereotypes: The Reality for LGBTQ AAPI Communities and How Foundations Can Help

Lyle Matthew Kan | Posted 06.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Lyle Matthew Kan

There is a pervasive cultural myth that all gays are rich, and that all Asian Americans are overachievers. Individuals who identify as LGBTQ and AAPI are therefore often assumed to be better off. However, these misconceptions all too often mask real struggles and hardships faced by LGBTQ AAPI communities.

Infographic: How to Respond to an Outbreak - Success Factors for Fighting off Ebola

Yana Watson Kakar | Posted 06.16.2015 | Impact
Yana Watson Kakar

Over a year has passed since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa began. In that narrow window of time, the disease has claimed more than 10,000 lives, stalled economic growth, and hampered -- if not reversed -- gains the region had made in strengthening public health infrastructure and service delivery.

New Ways to Learn: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.14.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

The practice of giving daily has changed my life. In 2012, I co-founded The Pollination Project which makes daily $1000 grants to social change visionaries around the world. Here are the extraordinary people we supported this week.

A Capsule Face-Base Wardrobe and How to Feel Okay Naked

Annie Walton Doyle | Posted 06.09.2015 | Style
Annie Walton Doyle

Finding a face base you love can make you pretty happy, but feeling good naked brings a deeper and truer happiness. It's ok to be flawed, and you should certainly never feel the need to apologize for it.

Towards a Golden Age for Foundations

Matthew J. Kiernan | Posted 06.07.2015 | Business
Matthew J. Kiernan

U.S. foundations and endowments may not yet fully appreciate it, but not only are the winds of change beginning to blow across their bows, but they will soon face the veritable "gales of creative destruction".

What Warren Buffett Did For His Kids

Natalie Pace | Posted 06.06.2015 | Money
Natalie Pace

As you ponder what to do with your own tax refund, or how to pay less next year, now is a great time to make sure that your dough will get to your kids without them paying half (or more) to Uncle Sam in income taxes.

Help Wanted, Now Hiring -- Leader of the United States

Robert Hall | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics
Robert Hall

Democracy is a relational form of government. True Relational Leadership aspires to navigate this country to its unifying destiny not its leaders' polarizing re-election. Hiring our next leader starts with selecting a WHO that will lead us together to WHAT.

American Muslims and Philanthropy

John E. Kobara | Posted 05.30.2015 | Impact
John E. Kobara

I sat down with three extraordinary women leaders in the American Muslim community to discuss identity, charitable giving and civic engagement. I was seeking to better understand the needs of a community I knew little about.

Where Does Your Money Spend the Night? Rethinking Capitalism

Tyler Jackson | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Tyler Jackson

If we want to effect social change at scale, investors need to enlist the capital markets by injecting intention and purpose into every financial decision.

Compassion Around the World: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Just over two years ago The Pollination Project started a daily giving practice, making daily $1000 grants to social change visionaries around the world.

Independent Sector Should Stop Pushing Self-Regulation

Pablo Eisenberg | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
Pablo Eisenberg

Asking nonprofits to voluntarily transform their behavior has done little to stomp out the biggest problems in the nonprofit world. The only way to end bad behavior is to pass more stringent laws and to put teeth into enforcing them. That's what Independent Sector should have been asking for when it visited Congress.

SMIRF's Up in LA

John E. Kobara | Posted 04.26.2015 | Impact
John E. Kobara

Philanthropy has a small amount of financial capital, so leveraging it with all of the other resources available to us is vital. Ambassador Joseph gave us more inspiration and the framework to advance the role of philanthropy in our community.

If Fundraisers Are Known As the Best Givers, Then Should Grantmakers Be Better Fundraisers?

Lori J. Bertman | Posted 04.20.2015 | Impact
Lori J. Bertman

As a CEO of a large foundation who receives grant requests of all types year-round, it is my fundraising acumen that helps my staff and me make better grantmaking decisions. Every organization likes to see its money leveraged.

Large Foundations: Rethink Your Priorities

Ralph Nader | Posted 04.11.2015 | Impact
Ralph Nader

After decades of observing effective groups with untapped potential suffering from a dearth of funding, I can point to 15 specific missed opportunities by indifferent foundations. Here is my short list of areas where funding is needed but lacking.

A World of Kindness: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 04.06.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

I have the privilege of making seed grants to social change leaders around the world. Here are the extraordinary people and projects that our community of givers supported this week.

A New Way to See Things: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.15.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

What is it like to make a financial investment in an up-and-coming social-change leader every single day of the year? Since Jan. 1, 2013, the Pollinat...

Just Around the Corner to the 15th Year of Light of Day

Holly Cara Price | Posted 03.14.2015 | Impact
Holly Cara Price

This year, which is the fifteenth since the foundation was established, Light of Day has expanded to become a multi-genre, multi-venue, multi-continent extravaganza, which spans ten days in the New York-New Jersey area alone annually.