Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

By November 13, 2015

Last week I was a panelist at the Net Impact Conference in Seattle on Rethinking Scale and Transformative Change. As I explored this abstract sounding topic with my fellow panelists, we started to ground it in practice – both individual and organizational. Particularly in the context of a conference bursting with a couple thousand aspiring do-gooders…

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10 Things You Should Know About the Trust’s New Strategic Plan

By October 14, 2015

This article was published on October 6th. TWI wanted to repost this article to highlight how many of the actions listed were spurred by listening to their community. Listening is a TWI principle and we love when it is used in practice. By: The Chicago Community Trust Staff     After 100 years, the Trust…

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To Listen Much More Closely

By September 4, 2015

I appreciated Paul Shoemaker’s recent article in the Chronicle of Philanthropy entitled “How to Rebuild Philanthropy’s Ability to Change the World” so much that I stole one of the subtitles – Listen Much More Closely to Nonprofits. One of the first of many lessons I learned as a grant-maker from my Co-Executive Director, John, is…

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Can Black Lives Matter to Philanthropy?

By September 1, 2015

The original question in the title of this article (reposted below) is “Can Philanthropy Make Black Lives Matter?”  Our reaction at TWI is that philanthropy alone probably cannot wholesale shift hundreds of years of institutional racism and prevalent cultural attitudes.  That would take an intersectional, coordinated set of movements from all sectors.  We do believe…

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