Roses Along A Journey: My Transformative Experience in NFG’s Project Phoenix

Tyler Nickerson, NFG Member and Director of Investments and State Strategy at The Solutions Project, was one of 33 funders selected to participate in NFG’s Project Phoenix. He shares his reflections on the year-long collective learning program developed for funders to explore philanthropy’s role in supporting a “just transition to a new economy” that promotes good jobs, local economic prosperity, ecological sustainability, and re-prioritization of capital in society.

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No Time for Business as Usual

Sharon Alpert, NFG member and President & CEO of The Nathan Cummings Foundation, shares an update on NCF's strategy for combatting inequality and climate change. She describes how NCF has built out its integrated framework and committed to expanding payouts in response to this political moment.

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Funders: Let's Stop Fixating on Our Issues and Start Supporting our Values

Dimple Abichandani, NFG member and Executive Director of the General Service Foundation, encourages colleagues to move from business as usual toward new practices of solidarity, including increased funder alignment and greater support of cross-issue movement building efforts that often struggle to raise funds.

This post originally appeared in Inside Philanthropy here.

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Resilient Places Require Intentional Strategies

In September, the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions and Neighborhood Funders Group convened 100 local, regional, and national funders for Towards a More Resilient Place: Promising Practices in Place-Based Philanthropy. Here, Angela Brown of The Hyams Foundation reflects on the variety of grantmaking approaches in the field and the importance of working with communities on long-term strategies.

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Changing Foundation Culture to Support Place-Based Change

In September 2016, the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions and Neighborhood Funders Group convened 100 local, regional, and national funders for Towards a More Resilient Place: Promising Practices in Place-Based Philanthropy. Here, Raquel Gutierrez of Vitalyst Health Foundation reflects on where the culture in foundations needs to evolve to match developments in the field. 

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For the Surdna Foundation, Communities Should Define Their Futures

Will Cordery, Program Officer of Surdna Foundation’s Strong Local Economies program, writes about racial justice and inclusive economic development.

This post originally appeared in NCRP’s quarterly journal, which you can find here.

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#NFG2016 Conference Recap from Native Americans in Philanthropy

Jennifer Fairbanks, Communication Specialist at Native Americans in Philanthropy, provides her perspective on NFG’s 2016 National Convening.

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Shifting Gears for Racial Justice

A funder’s tale in re-envisioning grantmaking strategy and developing innovative programming to meet the needs of the current moment. 

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A Pivotal Moment for Racial Justice

Eric Ward, Program Officer of Ford Foundation's Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice program, reflects on emerging opportunities for the racial organizing movement. 

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Tour Reflections from a Native New Yorker

Stacey Millett, Senior Program Officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation and a Native New Yorker, writes about putting people first when considering investment decisions.

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