What Can We Learn from the Trenton Children’s Chorus’ Impressive Five-Grant Windfall? – Music | Grants | Fundraising – Inside Philanthropy

Community-based children’s choirs are so important. Here is a great example of fundraising from Trenton.

What Can We Learn from the Trenton Children’s Chorus’ Impressive Five-Grant Windfall? – Music | Grants | Fundraising – Inside Philanthropy.

Disparate Impact: A Key Fight Over Housing and Finance, and the Funding Behind It – Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence

Nonprofits and funders on the side of improving access to housing and financial assets for low-income people are closely watching a showdown in the Supreme Court on “disparate impact.”

via Disparate Impact: A Key Fight Over Housing and Finance, and the Funding Behind It – Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence – Inside Philanthropy.

Inside Philanthropy is a Year Old. Here Are Ten Things We’ve Learned – Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence

When you are one, you have only just learned to speak. You move about clumsily and knock things down a lot. You don’t yet know what is possible, but you are burgeoning with life.

Inside Philanthropy is a Year Old. Here Are Ten Things We’ve Learned – Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence – Inside Philanthropy.

Why 2015 will be a game-changer for financial inclusion in India

Originally posted on Quartz:

When it comes to digital finance, India punches below its weight.

The 2014 Intermedia Financial Inclusion Insight (FII) Survey of 45,000 Indian adults found that 0.3% of adults use mobile money, compared to 76% in Kenya, 48% in Tanzania, 43% in Uganda, and 22% in Bangladesh.

This stems from a range of factors, but lack of innovation-friendly regulation has been barrier #1.

Most importantly, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) historically allowed non-banks to participate in payment services in two restricted ways. They could build and manage an agent network on behalf of a bank; or they could issue a “semi-closed” wallet which allow customers to cash-in, buy airtime and other services, but not cash-out—not a particularly useful product for a poor customer.

This regulatory framework ensured that India’s banks controlled not only the market for savings and credit, but also payments. The problem is that banks have struggled globally…

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RI Hospital employees and community allies speak out

More than 500 people crowded into the meeting room of Our Lady of the Rosary Church on Benefit St in Providence for the Worker & Community Speakout for Good Jobs and Quality Care on January 17.  At issue was the contract negotiation between Lifespan/Rhode Island Hospital and General Teamsters Local 251 representing some 2,500 hospital employees.

According to Local 251, “As a non-profit entity, Lifespan and RI Hospital are supposed to put the healthcare needs of the community first. Unfortunately, management has taken cost cutting measures, causing shortages in equipment and staff that undermine patient care.”

via RI Hospital employees and community allies speak out.

The Sandler Way: Where Big Philanthropy Meets the Art of Common Sense – Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence

If you hang around the more professionalized precincts of philanthropy—like big name foundations with their armies of Ph.D.s or major consulting firms—the business of giving away large amounts of money can seem awfully complicated. (Hence all those Ph.D.s.)

But if you talk with Herb Sandler, as I did recently, it sounds pretty darn simple.

via The Sandler Way: Where Big Philanthropy Meets the Art of Common Sense – Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence – Inside Philanthropy.

Anthony Cody: Is There a New Humility at the Gates Foundation?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

Anthony Cody has been a persistent critic of the hubris of the Gates Foundation. Not long ago, he managed to get an agreement from the foundation to engage in a debate about the foundation’s agenda, what it is and what it should be. That debate became the basis for Cody’s recent book The Educator and the Oligarch. Cody wants the foundation to pay more attention to experienced educators, not so much to economists and theoreticians who don’t know much about the realities of classrooms today.

In this post, he holds out hope that the foundation might display a new humility because of the recently expressed views of its new CEO, Sue Desmond-Hellman, who taught for two years in Uganda. She was quoted saying,

On a very practical level, that time in Uganda was a lesson about what it takes to work successfully in a different culture. “I learned about…

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