RE: Philanthropy Blog

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 5:33pm

Today, more than 30,000 organizations, countless individuals, and a host of policymakers are celebrating the importance and impact of charitable giving and philanthropy. Under the banner of #GivingTuesday, Henry Timms & New York’s 92nd Street YMCA in partnership with the UN Foundation have mobilized a global call to action in support of nonprofits and the vital services they support.

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.

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 10:59am

As parts of our country face extreme cold and snow while others are still recovering from last summer’s floods, fires, and tornadoes, we are constantly reminded the immediate effects natural disasters can have on our communities.

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 1:56pm

The second a disaster strikes, it is a terrible situation; something you cannot imagine. The next few minutes, hours, days, and weeks could be worse. The good news is, with the right collaborative team in place, they can be better.

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 1:59pm

Immediately after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011, people feared a tsunami might be triggered on the San Mateo County coast, a beautiful area south of San Francisco that includes numerous small towns, rural farmland and redwood forests. Fortunately, a tsunami did not materialize. But a warning was issued and the community sprang into action – with many people later reporting that they were confused about what to do, where to go, and how real the danger was. Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s board of directors commissioned a study of this community response.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 12:13pm

On a busy Monday morning, attorney and community advocate Steve Reyes arrives for his first day on the job. Already there are back-to-back meetings and everyone on staff seems to need a few minutes to talk with him. Steve’s job, directing California Community Foundation’s (CCF) newly-created Our Children Relief Fund, leaves him little time to get settled in.

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 10:55am

The physical and emotional landscape of our community was forever changed on March 22, 2014, when a devastating mudslide swept through our community and took the lives 43 of our neighbors. The Darrington, Arlington and Oso communities are located in rural Snohomish County, north of Seattle.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 4:18pm

Just a few days after an EF4 tornado tore through Central Arkansas on April 27, 2014, I drove to the community hardest hit by the storm - Vilonia, Arkansas - to meet with community leaders about beginning the process of long-term recovery. On the outskirts of town, I saw the familiar scene that anyone familiar with Vilonia would know. But then I entered downtown.

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 3:33pm

In our tornado-, flood-, drought-, ice-, you-name-it belt of the Midwest, we live by the maxim that it’s not “if,” but “when” the next natural disaster will strike.