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The Future of Foundation Philanthropy: The CEO Perspective

In an essay entitled “Let’s Embrace Our Philanthropic Duty,” McKnight president Kate Wolford argues more foundations need to use their role as institutional investors to advance mission. Find her commentary on p. 26 of “CEO Reflections,” a companion publication to a recent Center of Effective Philanthropy report that captures insights from 200 foundation executives.

Outdoor Sculpture Park has Plenty of Space for Creativity

Located in the scenic St. Croix River Valley, Franconia Sculpture Park is a nonprofit arts organization operating a 43-acre outdoor sculpture park, active artist residency, and community arts programming. The park is free and open to the public 365 days a year, with over 100 sculptures created by artists-in-residence. Franconia awards competitive fellowships and internships …

How to Combat a Devastating Crop Disease? Hint: Involve Farmers

Bioversity International is a global research-for-development organization with a vision of nourishing people and sustaining the planet through agricultural biodiversity. They partner with organizations in low-income countries in regions where agricultural and tree biodiversity can contribute to improved nutrition, resilience, productivity, and climate change adaptation. As a result of more effective disease control practices, the …

Investing in Local Leadership, Organizations to Find Lasting Solutions

World Neighbors focuses on training and educating communities to find lasting solutions to the challenges they face – hunger, poverty, and disease – rather than giving them food, money, or constructing buildings. Their programs contribute to improving the social, economic, and physical resources available to and controlled by a community. Investing in local leadership and …

Forging Solutions through Partnerships, Policy, and Field Work

American Rivers combines national advocacy with field work in key river basins to protect rivers, restore damaged rivers, and conserve clean water for people and nature. To do this, they build partnerships and work closely with local river advocates, businesses and agriculture interests, recreation groups, and others to forge solutions. In the Upper Mississippi River, …

How Wetland Restoration in Illinois Has a Positive Domino Effect Outside of the State

The Wetlands Initiative is a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring the wetland resources of the Midwest to improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat and biodiversity, and reduce flood damage. Their work combines two basic strategies: restore more wetlands and strive to innovate fundamental changes in how we finance large-scale wetland restoration. Their projects are based …

For Individuals Living with HIV/AIDS Who Are Also Very Low Income, Supportive Housing is Life-Changing

The Corporation for Supportive Housing (CHS) aims to advance housing solutions that improve the lives of the most vulnerable people, maximize public resources, and build strong, healthy communities across the country. They do this by educating and empowering housing industry players, lending to potential homebuyers, collaborating with developers to find innovative housing solutions, and advocating …

Getting a Light Rail on the Right Track to Serve Communities Equitably

Living Cities works with the world’s largest foundations and financial institutions to build a new type of urban practice that addresses both physical and human capital issues, from affordable housing creation along transit corridors, education reform, and youth recidivism, designed to improve the lives of low-income people. Living Cities selected Minneapolis/St. Paul’s Corridors of Opportunity …

Facing an Aging Population, a Regional Foundation Fosters the Next Generation of Leaders

The Initiative Foundation in Little Falls serves a diverse landscape in Central Minnesota. Its focus is the economy, community and philanthropy of the 14-county region with an emphasis on economic development, community collaborations, early childhood initiatives and the preservation and celebration of Central Minnesota’s assets and natural resources. Over the next 10 years, Central Minnesota’s …

Connecting Neighborhood Residents with Housing Resources

East Side Neighborhood Development Company is a locally governed development corporation whose mission is to foster a safe, diverse, and thriving neighborhood by engaging the community to create affordable housing and support commercial development. “It was great working with Ja’Na. She was just so pleasant and professional. She helped me every step of the way. …

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