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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.
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.

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.