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Philanthropy Network’s Blog is the work of members, staff, partners, sponsors and other leaders in philanthropy who provide insight into issues that matter to Greater Philadelphia and topics that affect the social impact sector.
Covid-19 Signs
By Hilary Rhodes, Wes Somerville & Sidney Hargro
Wednesday, December 16, 2020

As tens of millions of philanthropic dollars were being distributed for emergency COVID-19 response in this region, the William Penn and Lenfest Foundations funded Philanthropy Network and the Center for High Impact Philanthropy to gather and examine data about the relief grantmaking.

By Russell Johnson
Thursday, October 29, 2020

As philanthropy continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, foundations, corporate giving programs and others have an opportunity to redirect and commit resources to rebuild a system desperately begging for change.

Photo credit Warren Wong on Unsplash
By Joe Pyle
Thursday, September 10, 2020

The tragedy of Daniel Prude's killing is an example of how our systems fail to center the dignity and value of human life and why we must apply a racial justice lens and trauma-informed practices to build better systems of care for people with behavioral health disorders.

Sanchez family
By Michelle Legaspi Sanchez
Thursday, September 3, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the challenges faced by working mothers, but it has also provided an opportunity to not only address longstanding inequities but to strive for healing and change of systems that have consistently put women at a disadvantage.

Spiral Q 2
By Nuala Cabral
Monday, August 24, 2020

In light of Independence Public Media's recent Community Voices Fund grants, program officer Nuala Cabral reflects on the role of media and philanthropy in supporting movements that challenge oppressive systems without co-opting or containing them.

Breaking Chains
By Sidney R. Hargro
Thursday, June 4, 2020

What philanthropy needs is not a new framework, but a new endgame, racial liberation, which requires an intentional and laser-like focus on breaking systems of oppression that are based in white supremacist culture.

215 People's Alliance
By Casey Cook
Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Grantees of Bread & Roses Community Foundation's Solidarity Fund for COVID-19 Organizing demonstrate the power, resilience and ingenuity of our community.

Gender Justice_Photo by Josh Howard on Unsplash
By Diane Cornman-Levy
Friday, May 8, 2020

With the deep and ever-widening economic inequities exposed by the COVID-19 crisis, it's time we come together to invest in strategies and policies that decrease and eventually eliminate the gender and racial wealth gap.

Woman in mask
Wednesday, April 15, 2020

In the new reality spurred by the COVID-19, women are on the frontlines of the pandemic which puts them at increased risk of infection, economic hardship and gender-based violence.