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The Urgency of Now: Foundations’ Role in Ending Racial Inequity

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04/2014
This Foundation Review article explores the multiple approaches that foundations can use to advance racial equity, focusing on a specific set of approaches used by the Minnesota-based Northwest Area Foundation. The article also gauges the depth of the challenge that communities face in racial disparities, the long history of racialization of institutions and systems, and the evolution of the role of philanthropy in addressing poverty.
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Foundations Can Rewrite History by Focusing on the States

Publication date: 
03/2014
This Nonprofit Quarterly article makes the case for foundations focusing on public policy at a state, rather than federal, level. "Like Robert Frost nearly a century ago, today’s foundation leaders stand where two roads diverge. They can continue down the usual road of fixating solely on federal policy debates, such as the one over the charitable deduction. Or they can take the road “less traveled by” to where the real action is: the states. If they choose the latter, then years from now they too can look back with Frost’s sigh of satisfaction because that choice will have “made all the...
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Supporting Nonprofit Capacity: Three Principles for Grantmakers

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12/2013
When Grantmakers for Effective Organizations traveled cross-country to meet with funders and nonprofits and learn more about their capacity-building experiences, the effort led to their development of an approach to capacity building that may help grantmakers be better positioned to support nonprofits in achieving lasting impact.
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What the Department of Homeland Secutity Can Do Right Now

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10/2013
This article was published by the National Immigration Law Center in October 2013 and outlines suggested practical options the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) can exercise in ensuring that its detention and deportation system benefit immigrant families.
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