Using Our Power to Recenter Voice

Originally published on cep.org For a long time, we funders have exerted our power to put ourselves at the center of our grantees’ world. We fund based on the strategies we set, thereby motivating…
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The Nord Family Foundation Awards $2,778,237 at its February 2021 Board Meeting

The Nord Family Foundation announced the list of nonprofit organizations in the fields of arts & culture, civic affairs, education, and health & social services that have been awarded grants…
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Ensuring that Our Help Does No Harm

As a program officer at the Nord Family Foundation, I have the privilege of meeting with various nonprofit executive directors, CFOs, development officers, program staff, and board members. Depending…
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Foundations Should Fund What Nonprofits Really Need

Originally published on cep.org  A few days ago, a colleague and I had an amazing site visit at a regional organization where staffers — among other things — oozed excitement about their recently…
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Listening, Learning, Reassessing: Translating Potential to Effectiveness

Originally published on cep.org  Successful organizations and people have at least one thing in common: they are honest with themselves about their strengths and limitations. As executive director…
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Foundations, Act on What You Control to Confront Racism

Originally published on cep.org As far back as I can remember, racial constructions have been a part of my reality and lived experience. From my mom telling me that I had to work ten times harder…
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