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Throwback Thursday: GlassPockets editor’s top five for funders

We are highlighting five popular and relevant oldies but goodies from the GlassPockets archive. Check out this helpful advice for funders on ways to leverage transparency to improve equitable access to philanthropic resources.

By Janet Camarena (she/her)

October 13, 2022

Power in Solidarity: Reflections from AAPIP and NAP’s joint convening

As I continue to process the many sessions I attended and the new connections that I made, three key themes from the Power in Solidarity conference stuck out for me:

By Supriya Kumar (she/her)

July 28, 2022

Commitment to funding Native self-determination

We partner with hundreds of reservation-based programs, improving quality of life for 250,000 Native elders, families, and children each year.

By Helen Oliff (she/her)

July 14, 2022

Philanthropy during COVID-19 in Brazil

Candid and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) released a new report, Philanthropy and COVID-19: Examining giving in 2021, in May 2022 that details COVID-19-related philanthropic funding in 2021. To understand how the pandemic impacted the philanthropic sector and civil…

By Sarina Dayal (she/they)

June 23, 2022

Three emerging trends in European philanthropy

After a sleepless redeye flight earlier this month, I landed in Barcelona to attend the first ever Philea Forum. In addition to representing Candid, I was there to learn about trends in European philanthropy and explore opportunities for collaboration. Philea…

By Cesar Del Valle (he/him)

June 21, 2022

Putting trust and resources to work for healthier grantee organizations

Based on our experience, here are three ways in which funders can deliver effective and equitable, standalone organizational health funding.

By Megan Colnar

January 25, 2022

Building Trust, Making Moonshot Bets

According to Andy Bryant, Executive Director of the Segal Family Foundation, the ability to take risks as a philanthropy organization comes down to one thing: trust. More than a decade ago the staff of the foundation approached the board with…

By Andy Bryant

December 1, 2021

The community approach to problem solving

Participatory grantmaking [i] is no longer new. And it’s here to stay. To be clear, participatory grantmaking has never been new. This more just and equitable approach to philanthropy has been practiced for decades and the ethos it is based in—that those closest…

By Sarina Dayal (she/they)

June 9, 2021

Funders: It’s Time to Talk to Our Legal Teams About Power, Compliance, and Trust-Based Philanthropy

For philanthropy to have more equitable practices, we must examine and reimagine the way we do our work. Only when funders are proactively working to shift power and build grantee-funder relationships rooted in transparency, dialogue, and mutual learning will philanthropy…

By Brenda Solorzano (she/her)

May 4, 2021

What we know about the nonprofits that received grants from MacKenzie Scott

In December, MacKenzie Scott announced a round of giving that was striking for its scale: $4.2 billion across 384 organizations. It was also striking in its approach: Scott made a set of large, unrestricted — and unsolicited — grants to…

By Jacob Harold (he/him)

January 28, 2021

10 things we’ve learned about community-led philanthropy

Reprinted from GlobalGiving. GlobalGiving partnered with Global Fund for Community Foundations (GFCF) in 2020 to conduct participatory research exploring the concept of “community-led” change. Our ultimate goal is to make it easier for funders (including ourselves) to identify, support, and…

By Alison Carlman (she/her)

December 9, 2020

Trust, race, and grants data

Reprinted from the Center for Effective Philanthropy. Research suggests that U.S. foundations trust Black-led organizations enough to give them money, but not enough to give them control. A recent analysis by Bridgespan and Echoing Green looked at a set of comparable grant-funded…

By Jacob Harold (he/him)

December 8, 2020