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Steven E. Mayer, Ph.D

Steven E. Mayer, Ph.D

Philanthropy and system change

Community Philanthropy: Strategies for Impacting Vulnerable Populations

“Disparities are usually caused by complex interacting forces, making it almost impossible for just one program or organization to fix.”…

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Community Philanthropy in Central and Eastern Europe – A New Introduction

This handsome primer is for people interested in learning about the role that community philanthropy organizations can play in strengthening…

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A “Dignity Gap”

Dignity is kind of an old fashioned concept and isn’t talked about much. But we all know what it feels…

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Use Advocacy to Promote Social Change

Advocacy includes promoting changes to public or private policies to reduce the flow of victims from unfortunate circumstances (or from…

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How Nonprofits Are Set Up to Fail: Ghosts from Our Pre–Colonial Past

A favorite maxim of mine is that “the fish will be the last to discover water.” We fish can’t easily…

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Successful Neighborhood Self-Help: Some Lessons Learned – A New Introduction

This is not a how-to paper on organizing a neighborhood, nor is it a how-to paper on managing a neighborhood…

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The Confluence of Philanthropy, Justice, and Evaluation

Where all three themes flow together … I’ll write on how we can know when societal institutions, drawing on the…

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Pathways to Progress: Focusing Philanthropy on Racial Equity and Social Justice – A New Introduction

Focusing philanthropy on racial equity means, we found, pursuing six different pathways, sometimes one at a time, sometimes together. Focusing…

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Good Trouble, Necessary Trouble

Take risks. Be a bit more bold than usual, within yourself and then beyond with others. Dare to reach a…

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The Choices We Make as Evaluators: You Gotta Serve Somebody

Those of us with research training already know how to do studies that embrace principles of science.  We could begin…

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