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Posted Date: Wed, 07/17/2013 - 00:00
Posted Date: Mon, 04/08/2013 - 13:00
Evolving the narrative. Leadership imperative. Our path forward.
Posted Date: Mon, 03/11/2013 - 16:44
Posted Date: Mon, 03/11/2013 - 10:06
This nation has a proud history of journalism, long tied most closely to newspapers. But the newspaper industry, as we know, has experienced a severe decline in recent years. The signs of this decline were evident to many of us in my hometown of Detroit back in 1987, when our two highly competitive...
Posted Date: Fri, 03/08/2013 - 10:49
Over the past several years, no strategy for change has captured the imagination of philanthropy more than impact investing. In the United States and even more so in emerging markets, people and institutions with financial means are deploying those resources in new and sometimes innovative ways....
Posted Date: Wed, 03/06/2013 - 19:14
Organizations working to make the world a better place have strong ambitions. They want to reduce gun violence in the wake of Sandy Hook, get Americans off the couch and active, and keep children safe from climate change. These groups need to wield influence to succeed—not in a Machiavellian way...
Posted Date: Wed, 03/06/2013 - 19:07
Over the last several decades, accountability reporting, especially at the local level, has contracted dramatically, with potentially grave consequences for communities, government responsiveness, and democracy. Nonprofit media has the potential to partly fill this vacuum but faces obstacles as a...
Posted Date: Wed, 03/06/2013 - 19:02
I recently gave a presentation and created an infographic that shared what I learned about conducting a financial analysis of a nonprofit. I passed out copies of the infographic for those that couldn’t make the initial presentation, but realized they could have benefited from more than what was...
Posted Date: Wed, 03/06/2013 - 19:00
This is post is part of an ongoing impact investing series onRE: Philanthropy. In recent years, I have championed the potential of impact investing to unlock new forms and sources of capital for the social sector. But financial capital is just one piece of the puzzle. Through my work at the...
Posted Date: Wed, 03/06/2013 - 18:55
This is the first post in an ongoing impact investing series on RE: Philanthropy. The new vision for the Council on Foundations, as President and CEO Vikki Spruill outlined in her blog post “Relevance + Network + Speed = Impact,” describes exactly how and why the Council is poised to support...
Posted Date: Wed, 03/06/2013 - 18:53
As a part of the staff of CF Insights, I have had the pleasure to work with the community foundation field for almost 4 years now and still I’m amazed at the ways the field as a whole contributes to the success of individual community foundations by sharing insights, data and support. Reflecting on...
Posted Date: Wed, 03/06/2013 - 18:49
The Council on Foundations’ commitment to encouraging collaboration is commendable, particularly considering the great accomplishments that alliance building has produced. Collaborative philanthropy has had a far-reaching impact on public opinion, legislation, civil rights, education, the...
Posted Date: Wed, 03/06/2013 - 18:46
The statistics are hard to ignore, and you may already be familiar with many of them. In 2010, guns took the lives of more than 31,000 Americans in homicides, suicides, and unintentional shootings. This is the equivalent of more than 85 deaths each day and more than three deaths each hour. More...

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