RE: Philanthropy Blog

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 4:00pm

Community foundations are, by title and definition, about community. So when the time came for us to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, we agreed: our celebration had to be for, from and about the community.

Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 12:26pm

In philanthropy we’ve long known that we play a unique role by addressing society’s most pressing challenges at their root. Our work is distinct from charity – focused less on meeting immediate needs and more on tackling the underlying causes. And we’re well positioned to take risks to figure out what strategies work best to solve social problems, something that companies and other players beholden to greater political and consumer pressures can’t always do.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 11:00am

John Cochrane

Important issues are rarely black and white. This is all the more true when you are talking about the United States Tax Code. Though hardly colorful, the volumes of statute, regulations, rulings, guidance, and discussion that flow from Congress, the Treasury Department, and the IRS can tax the interpretive skills of even the most knowledgeable readers.

Friday, September 11, 2015 - 3:24pm

Siobhan O'Riordan

It’s an ever-clear sky today. Just as it was in 2001. And yet ever-clear and jet trails slicing September blue-skies then are now reminders, important ones, of the events of 9/11 and the losses and learnings we have experienced since.

Friday, September 11, 2015 - 2:18pm

War and tragedy have always brought us together as a people, but we need more regular experiences that foster the understanding that we are in a common enterprise. When the Founders penned the inalienable right to the pursuit of happiness, they weren't just talking about an individual right, but a common undertaking that we help one another to achieve.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 2:00pm

Personal story is a key element of the Orton Family Foundation's Community Heart & Soul™ method of community development that uses story to illuminate a community's history, priorities, and aspirations, and then distills them in a way that enables residents to drive local decision-making and take action.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 9:49am

Some people are drawn to snow-covered mountain peaks, others to the lush canopies of forests, a meandering river, a shimmering plain. For me it is the call of the sea.

Monday, August 31, 2015 - 3:37pm

As I've read and watched others' reflections on the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's destruction of a great American city, I'm compelled to tell some of my story.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 2:14pm

California's historic drought has us talking about access to water — who gets it, where to store it, how much it should cost — for the first time in 50 years. Many of us have taken water for granted and can use much less. At the same time, empty wells and desperate drilling should remind us how vulnerable many households are. Access to water is a human right, even in a drought.

Friday, August 21, 2015 - 1:57pm

Last week, I got to see philanthropy in action on a great trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan. After just a few days of meeting with philanthropic leaders in Western Michigan, I had new energy, new ideas, and more proof that collaboration is driving the field forward.