Posts tagged to 'Responsiveness'

Opening the Door: Is There Any Good Reason Not to Accept Proposals?

Posted by Tate Williams on February 8, 2018

When you look at the common reasons foundations give for not taking applications, they kind of fall apart. At the end of the day, it really just comes down to a choice—a barrier intentionally placed between tax-subsidized wealth, and the public that it’s legally required to benefit.

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.

You Can't Fund Equity Without Sweat Equity

Posted by Lenore Hanisch and Zarina Parpia on August 24, 2017

Whether you are explicitly focused on social or economic justice, or if you focus on education, community development, the arts, or the environment, we at Quixote think applying an equity lens to your work is one of the most timely and mutually beneficial paths a funder can take.

Letter to the Field: No Time for Business as Usual

Posted by Sharon Alpert on May 25, 2017

These are extraordinary times. For more than 25 years, Nathan Cummings Foundation’s mission has explicitly named a commitment to democratic values and social justice, supporting the most vulnerable, respecting diversity and promoting understanding across cultures, and empowering communities. Today, we are facing assaults on the values we hold dear.

"Change Happens at the Speed of Trust"

Posted by Patrick Troska on March 13, 2017

We knew we had to change the dynamic. We began by changing how we show up as individuals and as an institution.

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.

A Little Mission Creep can be a Good Thing

Posted by Richard Marker on November 14, 2016

There are lots of practical and conceptual reasons to resist mission creep. So then, how can a little mission creep ever be a smart move?

Strategic, Responsive, or Both?

Posted by Kris Putnam-Walkerly on October 14, 2016

Responsive grantmaking is being open to receiving proposals and ideas from any nonprofit, and allowing the nonprofits to drive the agenda. Requests are initiated by the nonprofit, rather than by a funder seeking them out. This doesn’t mean that a foundation doesn’t have core areas of focus, but that within those areas is wishes to be responsive to the needs nonprofits feel most keenly.

It’s Time for Grantmakers to Embrace Failure

Posted by Katherine Lorenz on October 5, 2016

Philanthropy often encourages grantees to take risks, to be innovative, to find new solutions to old problems. Indeed, many refer to philanthropy as “risk capital,” providing funding that can help society create innovative, new models for addressing the world’s most intractable social issues. But risk and innovation often bring an uncomfortable consequence: failure.

Looking for the Helpers

Posted by Virginia Esposito on September 7, 2016

My moments of reassurance come when a family funder tells me about a grant or project they’ve launched to restore and reinvigorate community. Often, these are efforts to ameliorate suffering but also to get at root circumstances and causes

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