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In Today's Complex and Uncertain Times, Philanthropy Associations and Networks are More Vital Than Ever

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05/30/2017

I recently attended a conference hosted by The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP), where the session discussions and hallway conversations all made it clear that many foundation leaders right now are concerned with how they can have a stronger voice and greater impact in today’s complex, changing, and uncertain times. It is also clear to me that philanthropy cannot respond to this concern without the leadership of philanthropy associations and networks – philanthropy’s infrastructure.

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A Critical Moment for the 2020 Census and Why Philanthropy Should Care

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05/12/2017

Lost this week amid the flurry of news about the firing of FBI Director Comey was the abrupt resignation of the director of the U.S. Census Bureau. The bureau is facing major budget constraints and operational challenges that threaten its ability to conduct a fair and accurate census count in 2020, which is bad news for philanthropy and our country.

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New Research Highlights Role of Funder Networks & Associations in How Foundations Access & Use Knowledge

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02/16/2017

The Forum's President & CEO latest blog looks at a newly released study by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation that is a first-of-its-kind study of how U.S. foundations access and use knowledge about effective philanthropy. A key finding of the study is that foundations’ most trusted source of information and knowledge about philanthropic practice is their peers, and Forum member PSOs play an important role in this regard.

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A Critical Time for Philanthropy’s Voice to Be Heard

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02/01/2017

If there were ever a time for philanthropy to speak with a strong voice on the issues and values it cares about, now is the time. Whenever there is a new Congress and new Presidential administration, it is a critical moment for all sectors to ensure they are being heard—philanthropy included.

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Time for Philanthropy to Step Up

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11/14/2016

In response to last week's election, David Biemesderfer reflects on how now is the time for philanthropy for step up as a leader for our communities and nation,

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Investing in Our Native Youth

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09/30/2016

Forum President and CEO, David Biemesderfer, reflects back on participating in a Philanthropic Native Youth Summit held by the White House in partnership with Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) and the inspiring stories highlighting Native-led and Native-driven practices that have been proven to have a positive impact on Native youth

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