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Foundation Life: Beyond Money and Grantmaking

Jeffrey Solomon, JFN member and President of The Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, discusses the many ways foundations can affect change beyond writing a check.

Foundation Makes $400K in Baltimore Grants After Riots

Baltimore funder -- and JFN member -- The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has made $400,000 in emergency grants to area orgs in the wake of the Baltimore riots.

A Simple Idea for Catalytic Philanthropy in the 21st Century

In this piece in eJewish Philanthropy, written by philanthropic consultant Shari Edelstein, she argues, "it is time to consider ways that Jewish philanthropy can leverage relatively limited resources to multiply the potential impact from corporate and business spending – all in the name of promot

AJWS Cuts Back on Domestic Advocacy After Donors Balk

Josh Nathan-Kazis examines AJWS's recent move to lay off its entire political advocacy staff only two years after announcing the program. JFN President Andrés Spokoiny argues that the Jewish World needs to be better at communicating why funding advocacy is so important to affecting change.

Strategic Philanthropy and Its Discontents

In this essay written in advance of the Strategic Philanthropy: Comparative Perspectives on the Way Forward symposium that took place in March 2015, Paul Brest , Professor of Law, Emeritus, Stanford Law School, "examines different modes of grantmaking, inquiring whether the barriers to t

Back to childhood for a day – or more

Every time I go back to Argentina my mother makes me feel like a child. She reminds me to button up my coat, impervious to the fact that I survive quite well during the other 350 days of the year, many of which I spent in freezing temperatures.

Keeping the World's Food Supply Secure

For millions of people, the food they eat could kill them. But they may not have a choice. Daniel Chamovitz  has made it his mission to change that.

How Funders Can Help Nonprofits Achieve Scale

Nonprofits don’t have discrete ambitions. They want to quickly grow their seed money so they can expand programs that have both a measurable and meaningful impact. It’s one way philanthropists define “scale.”

But it is often a lot easier said than done.

Why Site Visits Matter

The following post is written by Beth Zwick , Senior Program Officer of the Ruderman Family Foundation, and originally appeared on the Council on Foundations website.