Posts by Vu Le

Can We Agree on This Simple Definition of Equity?

Posted by Vu Le on November 20, 2017

Equity has been like coconut water. It’s all over the place. It’s flavored with pineapple, sometimes with chocolate. Everyone is drinking Equity; it’s on websites, in conference themes, and in those “word-cloud” thingies. Given how pervasive it is, it’s weird that we don’t seem to have a common, universally-accepted definition for it.

GrantAdvisor.org: Why All The Cool People Are Using It

Posted by Vu Le on September 7, 2017

GrantAdvisor.org is like TripAdvisor or Yelp, but for reviewing foundations. Anyone can provide a review, and when a foundation has five reviews, its profile will go live so everyone can see all the reviews. It’ll help foundations to get no-BS feedback and advice that they might not be able to get otherwise.

How Aggravating is Your Grantmaking Process? Use this Checklist to Find Out!

Posted by Vu Le on June 19, 2017

As we roll into 2017, there have been lots of articles about how philanthropy must adapt. Let’s take care of a few logistical things foundations do that make nonprofits want to roll up a printed-out copy of our tax filings and beat themselves unconscious. Funders: Please go through this list one item at a time. Then have a conversation with your team about what things you can do to improve your score.

Funders’ Role in Protecting Marginalized Communities During the Next Four Years

Posted by Vu Le on March 8, 2017

An insidious result of injustice is that it isolates us from one another, and it allows those of us not directly affected to intellectualize, to think about it in the abstract. To combat it, we must be intentional about listening to those most affected, and we must make time to reconnect with and recommit to one another, even before taking action.

Hey Foundation Trustees, Come Get a Beer With Us

Posted by Vu Le on October 17, 2016

We nonprofits work with program officers, and despite many of them being really nice and down-to-earth people, the power differential can make them intimidating and scary. This is how we nonprofit professionals imagine a meeting of (even scarier) foundation trustees:

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