Posts tagged: dialogue

Book Review: What Makes a Risk a “Smart Risk”?

How can funders make small yet informed risks that can help advance progress on an international level? Jennifer Lentfer and Tanya Cothran explore this question in Smart Risks, a collection of case studies, personal experiences, and analyses from 22 small international grantmakers whose organizations collectively have awarded approximately 12,000 grants and a total of $130 …   Read more

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Messages To Trust when Hate is the Headliner

Like so many of you, we at TWI are wounded by the events of Charlottesville that took place in August. Our values for equity, humility, critical thinking, dialogue, and human decency are being courageously demonstrated by so many, in so many places like Charlottesville on behalf of the criminalized and vulnerable.  Let us continue to …   Read more

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Philathropy and Civic Engagement

By Kristen Campbell, Executive Director of Philanthropy for Civic Engagement

(reposted from the Center for Effective Philanthropy blog)

It doesn’t take a meteorologist to reveal the shifting winds in America. CEP’s aptly-titled report illustrates the sentiments many foundation leaders have felt as we make sense of the swiftly changing context in which we work. Its findings are illuminating, …   Read more

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4 Lessons in Rapid Response Grantmaking

In December of 2016, TWI allocated $250,000 in rapid response funds to protect and build power within communities most vulnerable to the rollback of civil and human rights promised by the then new administration.  

Rather than create a new system, we leaned into our trust based grantmaking process to expend the $250,000 by the end …   Read more

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The Trump Effect at TWI, and Elsewhere

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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