This paper is the culmination of five years’ work evaluating Ford Foundation’s portfolio of grants, “Community Philanthropy and Racial Equity in the American South.” It is based on reflective, focused, and appreciative conversations with nearly 100 philanthropic organizations operating in both African American and White American settings. […]
As we said after Katrina, foundations have many useful assets – purchasing power, influence and leadership, knowledge of communities, and development know-how – all of which can be used creatively to aid a more equitable reconstruction of Gulf Coast communities wrecked by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. […]
Supporting Low-Income Neighborhood Organizations: A Guide for Community Foundations This guidebook gives advice on making grants and providing other kinds of support to low-income neighborhood organizations. Available from Rainbow Research, Inc. (www.rainbowresearch.org).
Building Community Capacity: The Potential of Community Foundations (pdf, 1994) Ford/MacArthur Leadership Program for Community Foundations between 1987 and 1993. The initiative, one of the best ever for stimulating useful growth in smaller community foundations, had many […]
Community Philanthropy: Strategies for Impacting Vulnerable Populations (pdf) By Steven E. Mayer. A paper written while Scholar in Residence, Center for Community Philanthropy, Clinton School of Public Service, University of Arkansas, Little Rock. Dated May 1, 2009.
Saving the Babies: A Clash of Philanthropic Approaches (pdf) By Steven E. Mayer. A parable is used to illustrate a key dilemma in philanthropy: Do we use our charitable resources to save drowning babies one at […]
Op-Ed: Philanthropy Must Address Structural Inequities (pdf) By Steven E. Mayer. Until foundations address the structural inequities that contribute significantly to human suffering, their own effectiveness will be limited. … Philanthropic organizations can and must put […]
Highway markers, we’ve discovered, make great reading. Posted by state and regional historical societies all along State, US, and Federal highways, they provide lessons and insight into what happened right there, where you’re standing, in […]
How? Grants can be made for the following purposes: Strengthen Organizations and Networks Listening, reflecting, learning – and shaping improved efforts Strengthening personal, leadership and organizational skills Developing organizational vision and priorities for enhancing RE/SJ […]
There is no argument in philanthropy less productive than the supposed fight between strategic vs. heartfelt grantmaking. It’s the “versus” that creates the problem, suggesting never the twain shall meet. Simplified as “getting donors to […]