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Helping Women Step Out of the Shadows

When women thrive, those around them typically do, too—and when they struggle, so do others. Yet women’s mental health and wellbeing have received insufficient attention from the health care field, from government, and from philanthropy. This lack of attention has left a gap that needs to be filled if we hope to see progress on numerous intersecting issues, from women’s rights to health care to education. Working with the Hope & Grace Fund, a philanthropic project of skincare and beauty brand Philosophy , Arabella Advisors has produced a new report that explores opportunities for funders...
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Shifting Winds: Foundations Respond to a New Political Context

In the time since the 2016 U.S. presidential election, questions have been repeatedly asked about what is changing for foundations and their work in a different political context. How does this shift affect foundations and their areas of focus? Have new challenges or opportunities arisen? Should foundations be making changes in response? Given the volume of questions like these, the Center for Effective Philanthropy decided to survey foundation leaders about their reactions to the shift in presidential administrations, and the degree to which they were making changes as a result. Based on...
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Creating Order from Chaos: Roles for Philanthropy in Disaster Planning and Response

When the Jessie Ball duPont Fund went beyond its traditional disaster relief support after two devastating tornadoes struck Alabama in 2011, staff realized that they did not know enough about how public and private systems work, about where, when and how they intersect, or about organized philanthropy’s proper role. Through this document, they share their lessons and reflections.
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Race to Lead: Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap

The nonprofit sector is experiencing a racial leadership gap. Studies show the percentage of people of color in the executive director/CEO role has remained under 20% for the last 15 years even as the country becomes more diverse. To understand the causes of this disparity, the Building Movement Project conducted the Nonprofits, Leadership, and Race survey with over 4,000 respondents. The study found few differences between white and people of color (POC) respondents in their aspirations or preparation for leadership roles—in fact people of color are more likely to be interested in becoming a...
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Benchmarking Program Officer Roles and Responsibilities

The role of program officer at foundations is an important one — especially to the grantees whose experiences with funders are greatly shaped by their interactions and relationships with their program officers. Yet, relatively little is known about the intricacies of the program officer role. What are program officers’ backgrounds? On which responsibilities do they spend most of their time? How do they think of their relationships with their grantees?
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Toward New Gravity: Charting a Course for the Narrative Initiative

The field of narrative change is both emerging and eternal. From mythology to marketing, the human impulse – no, necessity – to make sense of the world, to justify values and bolster beliefs, is innate and immutable. We build, inherit and rely on schematic shortcuts for our own cognitive comprehension and physical survival. We learn codes and internalize signals meant to protect us: which colors and sounds represent safety or danger, whose authority we trust or reject, whose lives and dreams matter. Humans, as pattern-seeking social creatures, assemble collections of mutually-reinforcing...
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Grantmaking with a Racial Equity Lens

A focus on racial equity can increase your effectiveness at every stage of the grantmaking process. Blending experience and candid advice from grantmakers, this guide explores how a racial equity lens can help you scan your field or community, cultivate new leaders, encourage creative approaches, get people talking, and nourish change inside your own foundation.
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The Giving Journey: Guiding New Donors to Actualized Philanthropy

What motivates newly wealthy individuals and families to give? What barriers do they face in their giving? And how can we help these donors give more, more intentionally and effectively? In the new report, “ The Giving Journey: Guiding New Donors to Actualized Philanthropy ,” Open Impact examined these questions critical to understanding and amplifying individual giving.
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