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Community Needs Can't Wait for the Markets to Rebound

Kathleen P. Enright | Posted 08.26.2015 | Impact
Kathleen P. Enright

Like everyone else, I've been carefully paying attention to the stock market the last few days. As the leader of a community of more than 500 grantmakers, I'm conscious of how attentive foundations are when the US stock market tumbles.

For Good Grantmaking, It All Comes Back to Good Governance

Kathleen P. Enright | Posted 05.13.2015 | Business
Kathleen P. Enright

Before I came to Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, I spent more than five years at BoardSource, a national organization focused on improving nonprofit governance. I have to admit, at the time I fancied myself a bit of a governance expert. I was wrong.

"Too Strong for Our Support" -- How Does That Logic Work?

Kathleen P. Enright | Posted 10.26.2014 | Impact
Kathleen P. Enright

Imagine you're a foundation program officer funding in the area of youth development and education. You're approached for renewal support by a nonprof...

Pointed Reflections From a Long-Time Leader in Philanthropy

Kathleen P. Enright | Posted 09.27.2014 | Impact
Kathleen P. Enright

In her last public act before retirement, Valerie S. Lies, the long-time president and CEO of the Donors Forum in Chicago, took the opportunity to speak truth to power and to leave the field that she so loves with several calls for action.

Do as I Say, Not as I Do?

Kathleen P. Enright | Posted 09.07.2014 | Impact
Kathleen P. Enright

Are there ways in which your practices and values might be misaligned? What might you do to explore that question with your board and staff?

What's Love Got to Do With It?

Kathleen P. Enright | Posted 06.19.2014 | Impact
Kathleen P. Enright

I was struck by a question from Curtis Ogden of Interaction Institute for Social Change which boiled down to "What's love got to do with it?" As it turns out, when making a connection between values and practices, love can play a central role.

How a Recession and a Myth Revealed What We Already Knew

Kathleen P. Enright | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Kathleen P. Enright

Facing increased demand for services, nonprofits with limited resources did the best they could to stretch those dollars further, and many funders stepped in with emergency stopgap resources to help.

"Fearless Philanthropy: Reaching Out, Taking Risks and Achieving More": A Conversation with Jean Case

Kathleen P. Enright | Posted 06.16.2013 | Impact
Kathleen P. Enright

I had a chance to talk with Jean Case, CEO of the Case Foundation, about their commitment to make big bets, innovate, learn from failure, collaborate and do it all with a sense of urgency.

Cliffs, Cuts and Change: Facing Austerity and Crises, Will Philanthropy Adapt or Delay?

Kathleen P. Enright | Posted 03.31.2013 | Impact
Kathleen P. Enright

This is the time for philanthropy and the wider nonprofit community to talk about what we have learned from the recession as a starting point for confronting continued uncertainty and this next set of challenges.