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A New Kind of Call and Response

The bucolic backdrop of Newaygo County, Michigan, looks like a living, breathing postcard. More than 350 miles of waterways glisten with natural splendor, and trees topped with vibrant, jewel-colored leaves Read Story

Giving Time to Meet Grantee Needs

When Sammy Politziner and Scott Thomas met at the University of Michigan, they quickly realized they had two things in common: a passion for social change and Michigan football. Little Read Story

Small-Town Donor Leverages Personal Networks

Jameson (Jamey) French of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, knows how to get things done. He should—he’s been engaged in his community for decades as a businessperson, philanthropist, and board member. His Read Story

Setting a Strategy and Sticking to It

Rhonnel Sotelo doesn’t have a favorite childhood book. He wasn’t much of a reader as a child, and only reached third grade reading proficiency in eighth grade. Yet thanks to Read Story

Spending Up Now, Not Later

The Quixote Foundation gave away its entire endowment. June Wilson will never forget her job interview for director of operations at the foundation, where she is now executive director. It was December Read Story

Reinventing Risk Management

Emergencies never wait for a convenient time. Maya Winkelstein, executive director of the donor advised fund Open Road Alliance, believes funders should support nonprofits in the day-to-day, and also help Read Story

Networks Move the Needle

If you invite Melissa Jones to a meeting, she’ll say all the things other people are afraid to say out loud. “People know I’ll rabble-rouse,” she says. Jones is an Read Story