Friends Focus

June 2020 Friends Focus: The NCFP Community Responds to Systemic Racism

Posted on June 10, 2020

Friends Focus highlights updates from members of our Friends of the Family network and their work. In lieu of our standard updates, this month features a collection of statements in response to systemic racism from our Friends of the Family, Community Foundations Family Philanthropy Network, and Partner Subscribers.  The NCFP Community Responds to Systemic Racism Last week, NCFP joined many colleagues… Read More
Voices from the Field

Make This Moment a Tipping Point, Not a Tragedy

Posted on June 9, 2020 by Diana Scearce

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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
From NCFP

A Time for Reflection and Action

Posted on June 2, 2020 by Kimberly Myers Hewlett, Nicholas A. Tedesco

Dear Community Members: This is a sobering time. The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other Black people as a result of unconscionable acts of violence and aggression is once again challenging our nation to acknowledge the long-held suffering of communities of color across the United States. We are witnessing a response to centuries of racism… Read More
Voices from the Field

Let’s Live it Well: Family Funders Investing in Capacity When It’s Most Needed

Posted on June 1, 2020 by Juliette Cho

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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
Voices from the Field

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
Featured Article

Tell Me Anything: Advice for Funders Seeking to Become Active Listeners

Posted on May 21, 2020 by Maggie McGoldrick

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Active and open listening to grantee communities is not an entirely new topic for the philanthropic sector. Many funders have acknowledged the power dynamics inherent in their role, and as philanthropy evolves, there has been a shift towards greater transparency, deeper relationship-building between funders and grantees, and more grantee-focused funding practices. Groups like the Fund for Shared Insight and the… Read More
Voices from the Field

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
Voices from the Field

Accelerating Change: A Model for a Funding Response to COVID-19

Posted on May 12, 2020 by Marsha Davis

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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