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Collaboration in a Time of Crisis

Posted on June 24, 2020 by Mary O’Reilly

stack of hands, teamwork
COVID-19 represents a war on two fronts—a public health crisis that has already killed over 400,000 people, and an economic one that has threatened the livelihoods of millions. Because the challenge is so massive, and the needs so great, collaborative philanthropy has been key to coordinating effective responses and allocating funds to reach the greatest number of people in need… Read More
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Let’s Live it Well: Family Funders Investing in Capacity When It’s Most Needed

Posted on June 1, 2020 by Juliette Cho

fabric heart on rope
Even in times of good health, nonprofits operate under tight financial and human capital constraints. As the devastating effects of COVID-19 have unfolded over the past few months, we have seen far too many nonprofits who do some of our most important work—providing essential services to children, the elderly, the homeless, victims of violence—and those who bring us joy and… Read More
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Four Questions to Get Maximum Impact During This Crisis

Posted on May 20, 2020 by Kris Putnam-Walkerly

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by Putnam Consulting Group and is re-posted here with permission. You’re just the philanthropic leader we need. If you are like most funders or philanthropy-serving organizations, in the past couple of months you’ve done one of two things: You jumped into action, heroically extending or eliminating grant deadlines, providing additional funding without applications,… Read More
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Accelerating Change: A Model for a Funding Response to COVID-19

Posted on May 12, 2020 by Marsha Davis

car accelerating through tunnel
Like many of you, our fund has been rocked by this global pandemic. At The Tzedek Social Justice Fund (formerly known as the Amy Mandel and Katina Rodis Fund), our staff are juggling the lack of childcare and the time-consuming, sometimes traumatizing, preparation to protect the lives of the vulnerable individuals in our families. But organizationally what we hold is… Read More
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Preventing Wire Transfer Fraud at Foundations and Family Offices

Posted on May 11, 2020 by Tom Donahoe

stacks of Spam
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by Exponent Philanthropy and is re-posted here with permission. It’s a daily danger Your email/firewalls are constantly being pinged. Although your cyber-security filter may stop 90%+ of the attempts, some still get through. Be especially alert around bank holidays. With international clients, the attempts are especially focused when US/European/Asian holidays are not synced… Read More
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Hoffberger Family’s Legacy of Giving is Bound by Two Pandemics

Posted on May 5, 2020 by Alison Fass, Amy Segal Shorey

Hoffberger coalwood truck from 1913
Fourth generation Hoffberger family members gathered in April to begin the final phase of their foundation’s strategic planning process that started nine months ago with GMA Foundations consultant Amy Shorey. The world has changed since then, yet the themes that connect current trustees with previous generations of their family, and with the communities they love, have not. Seven Hoffberger brothers… Read More
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Edgar Villanueva: ‘The Rainy Day We’ve All Been Thinking About is Here’

Posted on April 30, 2020 by Edgar Villanueva, Gail Picco

Edgar Villanueva speaking at the 2019 National Forum on Family Philanthropy
Editor’s Note: This interview was originally published by The Charity Report and re-posted here with permission.  Gail Picco: How are you doing? Edgar Villanueva: I’m doing okay, all things being considered. I’m in Brooklyn and live about a block from a hospital. It’s just non-stop sirens, and I wonder what’s happening with those people… Gail Picco: The Charity Report launched just as… Read More
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COVID-19: Using a Racial Justice Lens Now to Transform Our Future

Posted on April 9, 2020 by Lori Villarosa

“Black Families Matter,” Miki Jourdan Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by NPQ online, on March 30, 2020. Used with permission. For most of us, COVID-19 global pandemic’s breathtaking impact on the well-being and security of our family, friends, and neighbors and on our economy, healthcare, social services, and beyond has moved from abstractness to a harsh reality. We have… Read More
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COVID-19 Legislative Update

Posted on April 1, 2020 by Stephanie Powers

Supreme Court building
Editor’s note: This article was originally published by the Council on Foundations and re-posted here with permission. For more legislative resources, visit the Council’s website. Congress Passes $2 Trillion COVID-19 Bill The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act—H.R. 748 (116)—was passed by the House and signed by President Trump today. The $2 trillion relief package will provide… Read More
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It’s Cool to be Kind: How to Have Civil Conversations in Today’s World

Posted on November 22, 2019 by Elaine Gast Fawcett

Civil puzzle
Civil: relating to ordinary citizens and their concerns; courteous, polite —Merriam Webster In an increasingly divisive society—where politics seem to dominate public as well as private discourse—what would it be like to hold civil conversations in our own families and communities? And how might family foundations create space for people to come together and have these conversations? These were big… Read More

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