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From Stanford Social Innovation Review: Putting Grantees at the Center of Philanthropy

Research shows that grantmakers that are more connected to their grantees—those that have an ear to the ground—are more likely to provide the support that nonprofits need to be successful; they are five times as likely to offer capacity-building support and two times as likely to offer multiyear support. We also know that tapping the knowledge… Continue Reading From Stanford Social Innovation Review: Putting Grantees at the Center of Philanthropy

S&R Foundation’s Social Enterprise: Halcyon Creatives in Georgetown

In a 18th century mansion, once believed haunted, a new life has begun in the 21st century: A local nonprofit of innovative social enterprise and entrepreneurs with global impact that is getting wide attention — with more programs and places to come. Washington, D.C., named the nation’s number-one city for social enterprise? Ahead of San… Continue Reading S&R Foundation’s Social Enterprise: Halcyon Creatives in Georgetown

Discretionary Grantmaking: Should Your Foundation Let Members Go Solo?

Foundations typically approach most grants as a team sport, debating their merits and deciding, collectively, whether they’re likely to achieve the foundation’s goals. However, in addition to granting as a group, some foundations give their board and/or family members a portion of funds to donate as individuals. This practice, called discretionary grantmaking, is legally permitted… Continue Reading Discretionary Grantmaking: Should Your Foundation Let Members Go Solo?

WRAG Members Among 50 Corporate Leaders “Changing the World”

Fortune just released its 2016 “Change the World” roster of 50 companies addressing social and environmental challenges through their core business, which includes WRAG Members Bank of America and IBM. Fortune bases the rankings on how companies focus their philanthropy on  “scalable positive change”. (Fortune, 8/18) Each year at this time, we set out to identify 50… Continue Reading WRAG Members Among 50 Corporate Leaders “Changing the World”

Rabbi Aaron Miller

What inspired you to create Metro Minyan – the flagship program of Washington Hebrew’s Young Professional Group, “2239”? 2239 has been thriving for 15 years. It started as a way to engage Washington Hebrew’s young professionals in dedicated young professionals programming. Our flagship program, Metro Minyan, began about four years ago. It is a once… Continue Reading Rabbi Aaron Miller

Megan Beyer

You recently became the Executive Director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. What is your vision for the Committee and how does your work play into and support the Arts and Humanities in communities throughout the nation? President Obama appointed me late last year, and my mantra is:  No denouement! Under the… Continue Reading Megan Beyer

Capital and the Common Good: How Innovative Finance Is Tackling the World’s Most Urgent Problems

From Amazon: “Despite social and economic advances around the world, poverty and disease persist, exacerbated by the mounting challenges of climate change, natural disasters, political conflict, mass migration, and economic inequality. While governments commit to addressing these challenges, traditional public and philanthropic dollars are not enough. Here, innovative finance has shown a way forward: by… Continue Reading Capital and the Common Good: How Innovative Finance Is Tackling the World’s Most Urgent Problems

The Philanthropy Reader

From Amazon: “Philanthropy is both timeless and timely. Ancient Romans, Medieval aristocrats, and Victorian industrialists engaged in philanthropy, as do modern-day Chinese billionaires, South African activists, and Brazilian nuns. Today, philanthropic practice is evolving faster than ever before, with donors giving their time, talents, and social capital in creative new ways and in combination with… Continue Reading The Philanthropy Reader

We Are Sew Powerful: How A Global Community Of Seamstresses Is Changing Zambia One Girl At A Time

From Amazon: “Jason and Cinnamon Miles take you on a riveting journey around the world as they meet seamstresses and launch their struggle to help widows and orphans have a better life. From Romania, to Honduras, to Zambia – discover the reason behind their crusade to keep girls in school and mobilize seamstresses around the… Continue Reading We Are Sew Powerful: How A Global Community Of Seamstresses Is Changing Zambia One Girl At A Time

Data Driven Non-Profits

From Amazon: “Big Data is completely transforming how companies drive their decision making, but many nonprofit organizations are unprepared to make the most of this opportunity. Nonprofit organizations are vital to making meaningful change in the world and they have significant amounts of untapped potential in their data. Unfortunately, many nonprofits lack the strategies, skills,… Continue Reading Data Driven Non-Profits