Voices from the Field

#TrustCreatesImpact—Now More Than Ever  

Posted on July 1, 2020 by Julia Oestreich

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In the US, groups like the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project and The Whitman Institute have worked to shift the culture of philanthropy to focus on sharing power, working collaboratively, and building trust-based, equitable relationships. As the sector and the world have grappled with COVID-19 in recent months, it’s clear that the work these groups have elevated is becoming both increasingly critical… Read More
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Restructuring Systems Amid Two Pandemics: Donors Can Step Up Right Now

Posted on June 30, 2020 by Afi Tengue

This article was originally published by Giving Compass and is re-posted here with permission. This is part two in a three-part series. Read part one.  Philanthropy is continuing to miss the mark on addressing root causes of the exacerbated outcomes we’re witnessing from COVID-19 and anti-Black racism, but individual donors who care about impact can help. Relief efforts have been swift… Read More
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Philanthropy’s Privilege and Rethinking Risk

Posted on June 25, 2020 by Leaha Wynn

This article was originally published by the Center for Effective Philanthropy and is re-posted here with permission. Foundations have been described over the years as providers of necessary risk capital, society’s passing gear, or necessary fuel for social innovators. But what does that look like in 2020? Are funders truly behaving in this way, or are they, as Vu Le fears, complicit in a… Read More
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How Family Funders Can Keep Equity Front and Center During and Following National Crises

Posted on June 23, 2020 by Danielle M. Allen

Photo credit: Clay Banks on Unsplash In late March, one of the family foundations I advise reached out to their grantees to check in and see how the organizations and their leaders were navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. They learned that some of their grantees were looking to support the urgent food, housing, and mental health needs of the families they… Read More
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Make This Moment a Tipping Point, Not a Tragedy

Posted on June 9, 2020 by Diana Scearce

Scale, justice
Centuries old racial inequity has been laid bare. 111,000 Americans are dead from COVID-19. 21 million people are out of work. Communities brace themselves for wildfires in the west, hurricanes in the east, and turbulence around the 2020 Presidential election. Turbulence with this level of global reach, systemic impact, and sustained uncertainty is unprecedented. The results could be transformational—or tragic… Read More
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Learning as We Go: A Regional Family Foundation Responds to the COVID Pandemic

Posted on May 25, 2020 by David Farren

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No doubt, the COVID-19 crisis elicits a strong sense of purpose in every grantmaker, interspersed with moments of feeling overwhelmed. How do we meet all of the pressing needs in a society with a relatively weak social safety net and glaring inequalities, relative to our collective resources? How much should we deviate from our existing programs and grantees? What is… Read More
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Oregon Community Foundation: Partnership and Collaboration Delivers Big Impact to COVID Response and Recovery

Posted on May 16, 2020 by Jennifer Olson Curry

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In mid-March, as the scope and gravity of the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded, Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) moved nearly 100% of our staff to remote workplaces at the very moment our work increased in urgency and complexity. The pace of change and dramatic shift in service delivery is something none of us had ever experienced. I have been humbled by the… Read More
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Resiliency Starts at Home

Posted on May 4, 2020 by Brittany Kienker

plant grows out of rocks
My children are too young to understand COVID-19 or its global impact. All they know is that their mum and dad are at home, working far more hours than usual. When they are older, we will tell them about the COVID-19 pandemic. I hope that we can tell them that we persevered. They can learn about the families that spent… Read More
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Brutal Truth and Credible Hope

Posted on April 28, 2020 by Lowell Weiss, Mario Morino

tunnel with a light at the end
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published here and is re-posted with permission. The wonderful Cheryl Collins told us, with the firm but loving tone she used in her schoolteacher days, that we must use this platform to share both brutal honesty and credible hope. So that’s what we’re going to try to do. Brutal Truth: We’re in for a rough ride. Some ER… Read More

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