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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.
Time for Change
By Sidney R. Hargro
Friday, July 16, 2021

As he prepares to leave his role as president of the Network, Sidney shares his gratitude and reflections on his four-year tenure.

Bridge to Equity
By Vanessa B. Briggs
Thursday, July 8, 2021

As we take our first steps toward some semblance of post-pandemic normalcy, we are at the crossroads of recovery and equity. How we define the success of our recovery is contingent on both our collective ability to move forward and how we actively demonstrate the value of equity.  

Philadelphia Foundation
Friday, May 21, 2021

Following the launch of the Black Community Leaders Fund on May 13th, we asked Philadelphia Foundation's Phil Fitzgerald, Executive Director for Grantmaking to give us some insights about how and why the fund was created and what the foundation hopes to achieve through this initiative.

Love Now Media
By Jos Duncan
Thursday, May 13, 2021

When philanthropists are deciding what stories and organizations they strategically support, it's important for them to understand and consider the diversity of paths, perspectives and entry points into the world of news and media making.

Impact Investing blog post
By Sarah Brodsky
Tuesday, March 30, 2021

While 99% of respondents to the Global Impact Investing Network‘s annual survey have historically said that they achieved their intended impact performance, the events of last year have shown that there is more work to be done and new, higher goals to be set.

Future Next Exit
By Mike Wang
Thursday, March 18, 2021

Why philanthropy should move away from solving yesterday’s problems and towards creating a vision for tomorrow.

Working together
By Nadya K. Shmavonian & Russell Johnson
Friday, February 26, 2021

With new data about the financial health of Greater Philadelphia nonprofits combined with troubling trends due to COVID-19, it's clear that collaboration will be a vital strategy for both nonprofits and funders if the sector is to continue to provide essential services and stimulate innovation that advances social purpose. 

Map with pins
By Sidney Hargro
Thursday, January 28, 2021

Hargro suggests four things philanthropy should consider to help us imagine the “next” normal and rebuild a more resilient and just region.

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.