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Philanthropy leaders have been coming together for Foundations on the Hill each year for the past 16 years to meet with our elected leaders in Congress, and I’ve participated in most of those annual events. 

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United Philanthropy Forum and 29 other foundations and philanthropy serving organizations (PSOs), including 8 Forum members, signed an amicus curia brief that was submitted to the Supreme Court this week. The effort was led by the Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation and its Funders Census Initiative, Philanthropy California, and the Bauman Foundation.

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Last week the Twitter account for Republican members of the House Ways and Means Committee sent out a cheery Tweet proclaiming that “Despite dooms-day claims that donations would drop, charitable giving amounts are at an ALL-TIME high after GOP #TaxCuts.

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To meet the challenges of growth and build new systems to manage our expanding network and programming, NFG joined the Knowledge Management Collaborative of the United Philanthropy Forum in 2017. We have been fortunate to have the help of the Forum in our journey towards better information management, and offer the following reflections from our experience.

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In August of 2016, GCIR had only one question about the Forum’s Drupal-Salesforce platform: How soon can we launch? Chats with several members of the collaborative left us chomping at the bit. Make our time-consuming membership renewal process more efficient? Yes, please. Streamline event registration tracking and analysis? Absolutely. Integrations with core services like MailChimp, ReadyTalk, and more? Yes, yes, yes. From automation of simple tasks and centralizing our far-flung data to joining a community of experts from similar organizations, we wanted to launch tomorrow.

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Forum President & CEO David Biemesderfer shares a reflection about how a grant from a small foundation back in the 1990s shifted his understanding of the value that philanthropy brings to our society.

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Forum President & CEO David Biemesderfer announces the release of a new video that highlights the role that racial equity plays in the work of our members.

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Forum President & CEO David Biemesderfer shares four learnings from a two-year effort to engage foundations in building openness and transparency, made possible with support from the Fund for Shared Insight.

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A guest post from Benjamin Bellegy, Executive Director at the Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS) about the value of philanthropy-serving organizations and a new campagin launched by WINGS members - #LiftUpPhilanthropy - to promote the importance of strong philanthropy support ecosystems.

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Forum's President and CEO David Biemesderfer encourages those who care about having a strong and vital philanthropy sector in our country to join the Forum and our members and colleagues across the country at Foundations on the Hill, March 11-13 in Washington, DC.

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