The Trump Effect at TWI, and Elsewhere Nonprofit Chronicles

The Trump effect, at The Whitman Institute (and elsewhere)

By Marc Gunther

The Trump administration is having an unmistakable impact on philanthropy. That was brought home to me at this month’s Skoll World Forum, notably with the Omidyar Network’s promise to commit $100 million to support independent journalism and combat hate. On a panel about philanthropy, Laleh Ispahani of the Open Society Foundations described the organization’s $10-million Communities Against …   Read more

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Standing With Immigrants & Refugees TWI signs onto Joint Foundation Statement on Immigration

We are proud to be a part of a group of over 50 foundations standing with immigrants and refugees.  The joint statement, put forth by Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrant and Refugee Rights, reads as follows:

The United States stands at a historic crossroads. Founded as a refuge from religious persecution and built by generations of immigrants, our country has …   Read more

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A Post Election Reflection Five Ways to (Re)Build Trust and Infrastructure

The recent election was a disaster that will continue to unfold in the months ahead. Many of our partners and colleagues have written posts that have resonated and give me hope as the outlook gets more grim. In her recent post Pia spoke for me as well, reaffirming our commitment to our mission and values …   Read more

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In the Direction of Courage

Eyes Wide Shudder

It is with an anguished heart and clear eyes that I write this.

The difference in our historical context between Tuesday morning and today is stark and sobering.

The real cost of this election outcome will fall disproportionately on the undocumented immigrants, muslims, blacks, women, queer, and poor people scapegoated in this campaign whose human rights …   Read more

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Trust As A Starting Point Reflections on Trust Based Grantmaking

What if we as funders started with trust, instead of making potential partners “earn” it?  Vu Le starts our sibling blog posts today by questioning the assumption that grant seekers need to prove their basic trustworthiness to funders. Indeed, up-ending this premise has been inherent in TWI’s approach since we started making grants.

TWI’s 9 Practices of …   Read more

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