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What Happens When Philanthropy and Empathy Meet?

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Most grants and reports happen on paper.

Here at the Whitman Institute (TWI), we like to do things a little differently.

Recently, we invited current and potential supporters for one of our core grantees, Voice of Witness (VOW), for lunch at the office.

Our relationship with VOW had come full-circle: Six years earlier, TWI Co-Executive Director John Esterle …   Read more

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Putting Grantees at the Center of Philanthropy

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Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) has produced a series on grantee inclusion, in partnership with Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR). We’re excited about sharing this ongoing conversation because we believe in placing our grantees at the center of our work at the Whitman Institute. These articles represent a deep dive into how we can increase our impact …   Read more

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Four Dating Tips to Sustain Strong Grantmaker-Grantee Relationship

The following was released in the Stanford Social Innovation Review today by Kierra Johnson of United for Reproductive and Gender Justice.  TWI heartily endorses these thoughtful practices, as they mirror tips we shared earlier this year!

As someone who’s been in the nonprofit sector for almost two decades, I have spent a lot of time working toward …   Read more

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Post-Sabbatical Reflections: Inviting People In

Since I returned from a two-month sabbatical in September, Pia has nudged me to share reflections about the experience. I’ve taken my time in doing so. It’s because of my natural procrastination around writing, but also because I felt my main insight three months off would be better than two!

I actually haven’t written anything in …   Read more

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Pay-What-It-Takes Philanthropy

This is a repost of an article first published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. 

By Jeri Eckhart-Queenan, Michael Etzel, & Sridhar Prasad Summer 2016
A new grantmaking approach is needed – one that provides enough money for nonprofits to pay for all their operations, not just programs and services. The first step toward achieving that is …   Read more

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