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.

How the Silicon Valley Community Foundation is Fighting Predatory Lending – Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence

The Silicon Valley Community Foundation sees itself as a catalyst for change and a leader in the community foundation sector, and for good reason. It gives out more grants than any other community foundation in the United States. With more than $6 billion in assets, this philanthropic powerhouse can push hard on new initiatives and set high standards for the rest of the community foundations in the country to aspire to.

One area where SVCF is aiming to do this is in curbing predatory lending, as part of its broader strategy of promoting economic security. SVCF gets that usurious wealth stripping practices can keep low-income households from ever building assets and getting ahead. You can’t build economic security when you’re in the red thanks to outrageous interest charges.

via How the Silicon Valley Community Foundation is Fighting Predatory Lending – Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence – Inside Philanthropy.

Billionaire Currency Trader George Soros Warns Against Investing Public Pension Money In Hedge Funds

Here in Rhode Island, the issue of hedge fund investing of pension dollars has been a source of much conflict and concern. Hopefully with so many financial experts now leading our state government (Tom Sgouros, Seth Magaziner, Gina Raimondo, I’m talking to you!) we can make sure that public pension dollars in Rhode Island are invested wisely.

Billionaire Currency Trader George Soros Warns Against Investing Public Pension Money In Hedge Funds.

And a Child Shall Lead: The McKenna Foundation Develops Young Philanthropists – Children | Youth | Grants – Inside Philanthropy

In Winnetka, Illinois, the McKenna family and their friends gather with McKenna Foundation Junior Board Members on Sunday evening. As young adults discuss the pros and cons of different grant applications and learn to develop group consensus, child-led philanthropy is getting a chance to spread its wings and fly. Allowance for Good is the organization teaching communities like Winnetka how to make their children lead philanthropists.

via And a Child Shall Lead: The McKenna Foundation Develops Young Philanthropists – Children | Youth | Grants – Inside Philanthropy.

What is the Knight Foundation’s Vision for Urban Renewal? We Just Got More Hints – Workforce | Labor | Grants – Inside Philanthropy

The Knight Foundation took another step forward in its work to bolster U.S. cities recently, by identifying 126 finalists in its Cities Challenge. All 26 of Knight’s communities of focus for the challenge are represented in the pool of finalists and the winners will divvy up $5 million in funding.

Over 7,000 ideas were submitted for the challenge, coming from public and government organizations, design experts, urban planning organizations, and individual citizens.

via What is the Knight Foundation’s Vision for Urban Renewal? We Just Got More Hints – Workforce | Labor | Grants – Inside Philanthropy.

White Money vs. White Privilege: Philanthropy and Civil Rights From Selma to Ferguson – Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence

The successes of the civil rights movement are rightly remembered as a major achievement of grassroots organizing—with crucial assists by Lyndon B. Johnson and a muscular White House.

But there’s another part of that history that you won’t see on the big screen: How philanthropists supported the civil rights push at key moments. As well—fast forwarding to today—for all the media attention on racial justice in the wake of police killings in Ferguson, MO, and New York City, there’s been little mention of how foundation money has helped frame the response to those events and articulate a policy agenda going forward.

via White Money vs. White Privilege: Philanthropy and Civil Rights From Selma to Ferguson – Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence – Inside Philanthropy.

How the Fund for Shared Insight is Supporting a Feedback Loop on Foster Youth – Children | Youth | Grants – Inside Philanthropy

The Fund for Shared Insight is a new collaborative effort of seven foundations coming together to back “feedback loops” to improve the social sector. The idea is that nonprofits need to do a better job of listening to the people they serve and incorporate that feedback in how they operate. Corporations vacuum up feedback from their customers all the time to improve performance—”please stay on the line to take a short survey”—but the nonprofit sector has been slow to do this kind of thing. Shared Insight hopes to get the ball rolling in a big way.

via How the Fund for Shared Insight is Supporting a Feedback Loop on Foster Youth – Children | Youth | Grants – Inside Philanthropy.