Making Strides For Educational Equity With Trust For Learning


With back-to-school season in full swing, parents across the country are engaged in similar conversations about school choice and quality, including families with our youngest learners. The landscape of early childhood education is vast, and not all options are created equal. Connecting young children to quality learning environments is a critical step in supporting their … Continue reading Making Strides For Educational Equity With Trust For Learning

Bringing Participatory Practices to Life at Fenomenal Funds


It’s commonly said in philanthropy that those closest to the problem are best positioned to develop the solutions. However, understanding this in principle and implementing it in practice can be two different challenges. In 2018, the Prospera International Network of Women’s Funds and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation began a conversation about how to … Continue reading Bringing Participatory Practices to Life at Fenomenal Funds

Next Century Cities’ Big Opportunity to Bridge the Digital Divide


When Congress passed its $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill in November of 2021, communities across America were suddenly poised to receive a massive federal investment. While this is a tremendous victory for cities across the country, organizations like Next Century Cities know that significant work remains before every community can use those federal dollars effectively. … Continue reading Next Century Cities’ Big Opportunity to Bridge the Digital Divide

How the Fund for Lake Michigan Combines Racial Equity and Environmentalism


Water has always been at the center of the environmental movement, and for good reason. It’s universal and essential—the source of life on Earth. But for decades, the movement of those dedicated to protecting this invaluable resource has not fully reflected the diversity of people affected by it. Structural inequities, not lack of interest, have … Continue reading How the Fund for Lake Michigan Combines Racial Equity and Environmentalism

How Three New Venture Fund Projects Are Helping to Advance Equity


The events of 2020 fundamentally changed our country and the philanthropic sector, as donors and changemakers raced to respond to challenges including COVID-19, growing threats to democracy at home and abroad, and ongoing racial injustice. In this context, the value of fiscal sponsorship became readily apparent, and New Venture Fund experienced unprecedented growth in our … Continue reading How Three New Venture Fund Projects Are Helping to Advance Equity

COVID-19 Proved that Fiscal Sponsorship Can Help the Social Sector Create Even More Impact


The last two years have fundamentally changed our country and the social impact sector, as donors and changemakers raced to respond to intersecting challenges including the global pandemic, growing threats to democracy at home and abroad, and ongoing racial injustice. In this context, the value of fiscal sponsorship became readily apparent, and New Venture Fund … Continue reading COVID-19 Proved that Fiscal Sponsorship Can Help the Social Sector Create Even More Impact