Voices from the Field Posts

6 Ways to Advocate for Policy Change

Posted by Kris Putnam-Walkerly on August 6, 2018

The policies that guide our country did not grow overnight, and neither will the changes we wish to see in them.

The Relationship Ecosystem: Mapping Partnership Resources for Maximum Value

Posted by Enette Pauzé on August 2, 2018

As a leader in your organization and community, it is critical that you’re not only aware of your existing relationships, but that you’re prioritizing them based on value.

“After the Fact” Podcast: Pew’s 70 Years of Nonpartisan Solutions

Posted by Sally O’Brien on July 31, 2018

On Pew’s “After the Fact” podcast, President and CEO, Rebecca W. Rimel, discusses Pew’s history; their approach to public service; the role of facts, data, and trust in policymaking; and her 35 years of leadership at Pew.

The One Meeting You Need to Add to Your Calendar

Posted by Laura Gassner Otting on July 26, 2018

“It is vital to reaching my goals that my department at work meets regularly; it enables us to make sure everyone is on track, goals are being met, and morale is high.” Now, what if you swapped out the words “my department at work” for “my family”?

Why is MAVA winding down in 2022?

Posted by Lynda Mansson on July 24, 2018

One of the first questions people ask is why we are closing. The answer is both complex and simple: our founder planned it that way.

Where Does Authenticity Fit Within Our Giving Experience?

Posted by Wayne Green on July 19, 2018

In Jewish teen philanthropy programs, the importance of allowing teens to be their authentic selves, navigating their complexities and personal values provides an experience that builds their confidence and engagement.

Practicing What They Preach: The Hill-Snowdon Foundation’s Progressive Personnel Policies

Posted by Nat Chioke Williams and Rachel Ogorek on July 16, 2018

"We have learned that it is not just about having progressive personnel policies; an organization should have a work environment that is also supportive of feeding people's passions and their purposes in life."

We’re Doubling Our Grant Budget; You Should, Too

Posted by Ellen Dorsey on July 12, 2018

Our democracy and our climate are in crisis. The nation’s activists and organizers are rising to meet this challenge with inventiveness and courage. It’s time for philanthropy to do the same.

Coming Together: Communities Team Up to Redesign Public Space

Posted by Nicole McGaffey on July 10, 2018

When layered with other community-driven efforts, public art is a powerful vehicle to deepen our connections with one another and to our shared past, present and future. The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation is dedicated to strengthening the social fabric of America through the power of free, live music.

Involve Kids Early in Family Philanthropy and Give Them Input into Giving

Posted by Bruce DeBoskey on July 5, 2018

Many of us adults give considerable thought to how we will pass along our money to the rising generations in our families when we die. Far fewer of us also consider how we will pass along our “value assets” – our family’s unique approach to community, giving back and helping others, while we’re living.

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